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COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEMS

AGENDA, MINUTES, AND HIGHLIGHTS

OF THE

(RDCO) REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL OKANAGAN BOARD

PLUS GOVERNANCE AND SERVICES COMMITTEE

2010 - 2017

This website is not the official website of the RDCO

LAST UPDATE June 02, 2017

Click on your refresh button in the top menu, to be sure you see any updates.

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The reason this webpage was developed was to congregate all the Regional District of Central Okanagan water system minutes of the meetings in one place and in date order.  We found it hard to find anything on the Regional District of Central Okanagan's website having everything scattered around and we couldn't find much of anything on the Regional District of Central Okanagan's website using its search feature (RDCO's search feature doesn't work worth a shit), so that is how this webpage came to be, so we can more easily find everything we wanted to know about the Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems.  Sometimes a little history is good to know.

The minutes are listed on this page, newest at the top and oldest on the bottom of the page.

About Oct 22, 2012 the Regional District of Central Okanagan moved files around on their website so that people who had bookmarked minutes and agenda won't be able to look back and find things.  This also affected okanaganlakebc.ca's website rendering any links to minutes and agenda invalid prior to Oct 22, 2012.  We are very upset about what RDCO has done because it is bad website etiquette to change locations of prior links.  Complaints to RDCO always seem to fall on deaf ears.  What we need is legislation for citizens, something called the Citizens Act and Regulations

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RDCO Water Rate Calculator

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AS IF A SINGLE PERSON CAN AFFORD A FRIKKEN BILL LIKE THIS JUST FOR WATER AND GARBAGE!

If we use double the water, our garbage/water bill WOULD ONLY BE ANOTHER $12.40.
Not much of an incentive to save water is it?  Pretty frikken sad if you ask us making a single person pay so much for water!!!  A single person is sucked right dry until they die!!!

April - June 2016 Quarterly Water Usage and Garbage Bill for Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/ Shalal Road for a single occupant with low flow everything $273.77


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Basic Fee $172.50
Consumption Charge for double (48 cubic meters) $21.90
Asset Renewal Fee $50.00
Garbage $41.77
Quarterly Total Water Charges $244.40 + $41.77 for garbage = $286.17
 

IT SEEMS GOVERNMENT DOESN'T CARE ABOUT SINGLE PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO AFFORD TO LIVE TOO!!!

WE LOVE RDCO WITH A PASSION!!!

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BY THE TIME VALLEY OF THE SUN/UPPER FINTRY/SHALAL ROAD WATER SYSTEM IS PUT INTO SERVICE WILL BE ALMOST 5 YEARS START TO FINISH

March 26, 2007 - January 2012

The water system was suppose to be working in January 2012 and its almost the middle of April 2012 now and its still not flowing to homes.  April 2012 they were working on a leak, and the water still hadn't been turned on for residences yet.

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Falcon Ridge (water source - Well) 54 users

Killiney Beach (water source - Okanagan Lake) 282 users

Star Place/Trepanier (water source - Creek) 9 users

Westshore (water source - Okanagan Lake) 252 users

Sunset Ranch (water source - Well) 230 users

Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, Valley of the Sun
(water source - Well) 76 users

Source June 2015: regionaldistrict.com/your-services/environmental-services/water-systems.aspx#WaterSystems

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Land agreement for the water system reservoir at Valley of the Sun

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ONLY THE WATER IS A NECESSITY ....

WATER PIPES, PUMPS, and MAINTENANCE ARE NOT!

WATER PIPES, PUMPS, AND MAINTENANCE COSTS ARE A LUXURY NOT EVERYONE CAN AFFORD!

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Just because some people can afford the cost, doesn't mean everyone can.

Should someone be forced out of their home and homeless, if they can't afford the luxury of infrastructure?

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with the audio files
Click here to get help on how to listen to the audio files.

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Regionally Significant Projects

Application deadline is Sept 30, 2012

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For Water System Fines, look at RDCO Ticket Information Utilization Bylaw (under Consolidated Bylaws)

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Westshore and Killiney Beach Water Meter Grant

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RDCO's webpage about Water Systems

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RDCO Water System Fees and Regulations Bylaws

RDCO Consolidated Water System Bylaw 1268
(downloaded from RDCO's website Oct 16, 2014)

Weighted votes are based on population we are told

Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, and Valley of the Sun Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw 1376, 1st reading Oct 26, 2015 and adopted Nov 12, 2015
Westshore Estates
Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw 1375, 1st reading
Oct 26, 2015 and adopted Nov 12, 2015
Dietrich
Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw 1374, 1st reading
Oct 26, 2015 and adopted Nov 12, 2015
Sunset Ranch
Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw 1373, 1st reading
Oct 26, 2015 and adopted Nov 12, 2015
Falcon Ridge
Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw 1372, 1st reading
Oct 26, 2015 and adopted Nov 12, 2015
Killiney Beach
Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw 1371, 1st reading
Oct 26, 2015 and adopted Nov 12, 2015
Water System Regulations Bylaw 1370
Revenue from User fees has been insufficient to cover operating costs for each of the water systems and as a result revenue from Asset Renewal fees was used to cover the difference. Presently, approximately 96% of User fee revenue is generated from the fixed basic fee and only approximately 4% is generated from the consumption fee. The recommended User fees were designed to generate approximately 80% of User fee revenue from the basic fees and approximately 20% from consumption fees. Under the current rate structure, low and average users (approximately 80% of customers) are unfairly subsidizing high and extreme water users. The changes recommended to the consumption fee will result in a more equitable rate structure, incentivize water conservation, and fulfil the customer demand for more of a user-pay fee structure. Bylaw 1268 has been amended four times since it was implemented in December, '2009. A comprehensive legal review was completed on the new proposed bylaws, which supported all aspects of the bylaws.
OCT 26, 2015 - Environmental 6.5 Regulations Bylaw and Water System Fees and Charges (Item 6.5) and (Item 6.5b) Bylaws for Regional District Owned Water Systems - Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West
a) RDCO Water Systems Regulations Bylaw, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
How vote counted (1 Director 1 vote), Voting Threshold (Simple Majority), LGA Section 791 (11)

b) RDCO Water System Fees and Charges Bylaws, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote How vote counted - (1 Director 1 vote), Voting Threshold - (Simple Majority), LGA Section 791 (11)
6.8 Westshore Water System - Reservoir Capital Project (All Directors - Unweighted Vote) How vote counted - (1 Director 1 vote) Voting Threshold - (Simple Majority) LGA Section 791 (2)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files October 26, 2015 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 6.5 Regulations Bylaw And Water System Fees And Charges Bylaws and Item 6.5A RDCO Water Systems Regulations Bylaw - .wma (25.9 MB)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files October 26, 2015 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 6.5B RDCO Water Systems Fees And Charges Bylaws - .wma (1.01 MB)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files October 26, 2015 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 6.8 Westshore Water System Reservoir Capital Project - .wma (6.06 MB)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files October 26, 2015 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 7.1 RDCO 2015 2019 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw - .wma (4.74 MB)

NOV 12, 2015 - 5.2 Regulations Bylaw and Water System Fees and Charges Bylaws for Regional District Owned Water Systems - Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West
a) RDCO Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No, 1370, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote) How vote counted - (1 Director 1 vote), Voting Threshold - (Simple Majority) , LGA Section 791 (11)
b) RDCO Water System Fees and Charges Bylaws, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote) How vote counted - (1 Director 1 vote), Voting Threshold - (Simple Majority) , LGA Section 791 (11)
• Killiney Beach Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw NO.1371
• Falcon Ridge Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No, 1372
• Sunset Ranch Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No, 1373
• Dietrich Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1374
• Westshore Estates Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No, 1375
• Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, and Valley of the Sun Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1376
8.1 Central Okanagan Trails Alliance (COTA) re: Proposed Regional Trails Service Program (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
How vote counted - (1 Director 1 vote) Voting Threshold - (Simple Majority)
LGA Section 791 (2)
8.2 Regional Service Reviews - 2015
 
a) Unsightly Premises Service (Stakeholder Vote - Weighted, Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)
How vote counted - (1 Director 1 vote) Voting Threshold - (Simple Majority)
LGA Section 791 (4)
b) Noise Control Service (Stakeholder Vote - Weighted, Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)
How vote counted - (1 Director 1 vote) Voting Threshold - (Simple Majority) LGA Section 791 (4)
c) Okanagan Regional Library Service (Stakeholder Vote - Weighted, Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)
How vote counted - (1 Director 1 vote) Voting Threshold - (Simple Majority) LGA Section 791 (4)
7.4 Victim Services Program (Stakeholder Vote - All Directors - Weighted Vote)
How vote counted - (1 Director 1 vote) Voting Threshold - (Weighted) LGA Section 791 (4)
7.5 Crime Prevention Program (Stakeholder Vote - Weighted, West Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country, Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas)
How vote counted - (Simple Majority) Voting Threshold - (Weighted Vote) LGA Section 791 (4)
7.6 False Alarm Reduction Program (Stakeholder Vote - Weighted, All Directors)
How vote counted - (Simple Majority) Voting Threshold - (Weighted Vote) LGA Section 791 (4)
7.7 Crime Stoppers Program (Stakeholder Vote - Weighted, All Directors)
How vote counted - (Simple Majority) Voting Threshold - (Weighted Vote) LGA Section 791 (4)
7.8 Solid Waste Collection Program (Stakeholder Vote - Weighted, Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)
How vote counted - (Simple Majority) Voting Threshold - (Weighted Vote) LGA Section 791 (4)
7.9 Business Licensing Program (Stakeholder Vote - Weighted, Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)
How vote counted - (Simple Majority) Voting Threshold - (Weighted Vote) LGA Section 791 (4)
7.10 Building Inspection Program (Stakeholder Vote - Weighted, Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)
How vote counted - (Simple Majority) Voting Threshold - (Weighted Vote) LGA Section 791 (4)
7.11 Fire Prevention Program (Stakeholder Vote - Weighted, Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)
How vote counted - (Simple Majority) Voting Threshold - (Weighted Vote) LGA Section 791 (4)
7.12 Fire Service Program (Pomax Consulting Inc. Review) (Stakeholder Vote - Weighted - Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)
How vote counted - (Simple Majority) Voting Threshold - (Weighted Vote) LGA Section 791 (4)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files November 12, 2015 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 5.2 Regulations Bylaw And RDCO Water System Fees And Charges Bylaws - .wma (2.42 MB)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files November 12, 2015 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 5.2 Regulations Bylaw And RDCO Water System Fees And Charges Bylaws - just Director Carson asking why all Directors are voting and CAO Brian Reardon's reply - .wma (1.26 MB)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files November 12, 2015 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 5.2A Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No 1370 - .wma (5.42 MB)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files November 12, 2015 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 7.1 2015 2019 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw - .wma (4.43 MB)

 

 

Bylaw No. 1328, adopted June 24, 2013 - amends all water consumed above 90 m during the three month billing period will be charged $0.35 per m. This is updated from a 235 m threshold and is anticipated to affect less than 15% of water system customers.
5. DELEGATION 5.1 Opposition to the proposed RDCO Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw (5 minutes per presenter)
- Ian Kilpatrick/Harry Pospolita - Presentation of petition with 170 signatures
- Diane Baldwin, President, North Westside Ratepayers Association
- Marsali Maciver, President, North Westside Communities Association
9.5 Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (Stakeholder Weighted Vote [Central Okanagan West (3 votes) and Central Okanagan East Electoral Areas (1 vote)])
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files June 24, 2013 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 5.1 Delegation Re: Water Rates and only about Item 9.5 Water Systems Fees And Regulations Amendment Bylaw - .wma (30.9 MB)

 

 

Bylaw #1309 - adopted July 12, 2012 - to amend the fees and charges which may be imposed against the owner of any parcel located within the service area boundary of the Falcon Ridge Water System and the Sunset Ranch Water System, both located within the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area. the proposed rates will begin immediately in the 3rd quarter period (July-September), appearing for the first time on the October 2012 utility bills. These rates are consistent with the Board adopted rate structure to fund capital renewal requirements to a 50% funding level for required projects over the next 20 years in Central Okanagan West water systems.
6. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
6.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors [as only one stakeholder] - Weighted Vote)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files July 12, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 6.1 Water System Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw - .wma (12.2 MB)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files July 12, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about 20 year water system replacement plan - .wma (305 KB)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files July 12, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Central Okanagan East water system will last 70 - 80 years - .wma (211 KB)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files July 12, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Director Edgson supporting 50 percent water system renewal fee - .wma (551 KB)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files July 12, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about water pipes lasting 90 years  - .wma (141 KB)

 

 

Bylaw #1307 - adopted Mar 30, 2012 - to establish a fee recovery method for the four RDCO systems in Electoral Area West at the 50% recovery option. The Director of Electoral Area East felt that further public consultation was required in order to move forward with adjusted rates. Therefore, the bylaw does not reflect any increase in RDCO water systems in Electoral Area East. Staff will bring forward an amended bylaw to the Board to adjust rates, once the Electoral Area Director has completed this consultation process. The purpose of this bylaw is to amend the fees and charges which may be imposed against the owner of any parcel located within the boundary of any of the six (6) Regional District of Central Okanagan water system service areas: Dietrich (Star Place), Sunset Ranch, Falconridge, Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun, Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates. Supporting Documents and Studies:
The proposed rate increases for the water systems were first identified by Associated Engineering Ltd (November 2010) as being necessary in order to operate sustainable water utilities. More recently, Urban Systems Ltd. has provided a User Rate Review identifying a consumption-based billing rate schedule:
November 2010, Associated Engineering Ltd completed comprehensive reviews on the Killiney Beach, Westshores, and Falconridge water systems and determined both the immediate and long term system improvements required to meet the growing needs of each of these communities.
February 2012, Urban Systems Ltd (USL) was contracted in 2011 to review and analyze the costs of operating each of Regional District's six water utilities, then to set new Consumption Based water use rates. The rates proposed in this amendment bylaw are based on the recommendation of USL as found in their report.
5. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
5.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (Stakeholder [Central Okanagan West and Central Okanagan East] - Weighted Vote)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files March 30, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 5.1 Water Utility Rates Bylaw No. 1307, 2012 - .wma (548 KB)  (Water Utility Rates Bylaw Passes)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files March 30, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Budget COW Director Edgson Garbage and Water - .wma (1.67 MB)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files March 30, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Budget Public - Dave Robertson - .wma (4.36 MB)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files March 30, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Budget Public - Marsali MacIver questions water rates and Director Jim Edgson responds - .wma (4.80 MB)  (This is where Director Jim Edgson explains how he consulted with North Westsiders and Marsali MacIver said that he consulted with only 4 people at the Seniors lunch LOL.. good one Marsali!)

 

 

.pdf icon March 26, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1 Water Utility Rates Review.pdf

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files March 26, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 7.1 Water Utility Rates Review - .wma (14.4 MB)
(This is where it is said that Director Jim Edgson recommends the 50% option at time 25:29 on audio tape)

 

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.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 - Urban Systems Utility Rates.pdf

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 9, 2012 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 6.1 - Urban Systems Utility Rates - .wma (10.7 MB)

 

 

Bylaw #1301 - adopted Nov 28, 2011 - Amend the Schedule "B" Item 7 Water Rates table to delete the 2010 Annual Fees, revise 2011 Annual Fees to 2012 Annual Fees, and to include the new Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, Valley of the Sun Water System as follows: 2012 Annual User Fee Per Residential Unit: $400, 2012 Annual Maintenance Fee Per Parcel: $200.  It should be noted, that this bylaw amendment is only an interim 'measure and the water user rates will again be adjusted in the spring of 2012 to establish a metered rate following the receipt of the Utility Rate Design Work Program currently underway by Urban Systems Ltd.  Not all properties have been metered.
10. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
10.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amending Bylaw 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (Unweighted Vote - All Directors)
10.2 Adoption of RDCO Water Conservation Strategy (Unweighted Vote -
All Directors)
Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files November 28, 2011 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 10.1 Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amending Bylaw - .wma (1.66 MB)

 

 

Bylaw #1268 - adopted Dec 14, 2009 - to re-establish regulations under which water will be provided and to re-establish fees and charges which may be imposed against the owner of any parcel located within any of the Regional District of Central Okanagan water system service areas: Westshores, Killiney Beach, Dietrich, Sunset Ranch, and Falconridge.
As well as the new domestic water system at Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun, which is currently under design.
6.11 Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulation Bylaw, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
6.12 Regional District Water Systems – Community Works Funding (Central Okanagan Electoral East and Central Okanagan Electoral West) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
 (in 2009 there was no audio yet)

 

RDCO's website - Bylaws

Would be great if RDCO could list their water bylaws in date order, instead of all mixed up, so its not so hard to find things

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Just Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road Water System Minutes

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If you want the actual budget figures, those are listed in the Governance and Services Committee Agenda's usually in Feb - March of each year.  RDCO told us that the Financial Plan Bylaws listed below are the amended budget documents, and what was amended is highlighted in green (at least for 2014 and 2015 anyway, probably not the older bylaws)

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Actual figures for Water Revenue and Expenses are in RDCO's Gov Srv Agenda's usually at budget time in February - March

.pdf icon 2015 Actual will be coming in 2016
.pdf icon 2014 Actual March 12, 2015 meeting
.pdf icon 2013 Actual February 27, 2014 meeting
.pdf icon 2012 Actual March 14, 2013 meeting
.pdf icon 2011 Actual February 17, 2012 meeting
.pdf icon 2010 Actual March 10, 2011 meeting
.pdf icon 2009 Actual March 11, 2010 meeting

RDCO's bylaws web page (by number order)

RDCO's bylaws web page (alphabetical order)

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.pdf icon 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1356, 2015

.pdf icon 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1354, 2015 - Amends Bylaw 1347
.pdf icon 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1353, 2015 - Amends Bylaw 1347
.pdf icon 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1352, 2014 - Amends Bylaw 1347
.pdf icon 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1351, 2014 - Amends Bylaw 1347
.pdf icon 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1349, 2014 - Amends Bylaw 1347
.pdf icon 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Bylaw No.1347, 2014 - Amended by Bylaw 1349, 1351, 1352, 1353, 1354

.pdf icon 2013 - 2017 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1338, 2013 - Amends Bylaw 1324
.pdf icon 2013 - 2017 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1324, 2013 - Amended by Bylaw 1338

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November 26, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda
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Item 10.1 2012-2016 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw (Killiney Beach and Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road amendments)

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.pdf icon 2012 - 2016 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1322, 2013 - Amends Bylaw 1305
.pdf icon 2012 - 2016 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1317, 2012 - Amends Bylaw 1305
.pdf icon 2012 - 2016 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1314, 2012 - Amends Bylaw 1305
.pdf icon 2012 - 2016 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1305, 2012 - Amended by Bylaws 1314, 1317, 1322

.pdf icon 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1300, 2011 - Amends Bylaw 1289
.pdf icon 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1289, 2011 - Amended by Bylaw 1300

.pdf icon 2010 - 2014 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1279, 2010 - Amends Bylaw 1272
.pdf icon 2010 - 2014 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1272, 2010 - Amended by Bylaw 1279

.pdf icon 2009 - 2013 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1256, 2009

.pdf icon 2008 - 2012 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1248, 2008 - Amends Bylaw 1233
.pdf icon 2008 - 2012 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1234, 2008 - Amends Bylaw 1233
.pdf icon 2008 - 2012 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1233, 2008 - Amended by Bylaw No. 1234, 1248

.pdf icon 2007 - 2011 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1204, 2007

.pdf icon 2006 - 2010 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1160, 2006

.pdf icon 2005 - 2009 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1101, 2005

.pdf icon 2004 - 2008 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1061, 2004

.pdf icon 2003 - 2007 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1025, 2003 - Amends Bylaw 1013
.pdf icon 2003 - 2007 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1013, 2003 - Amended by Bylaw 1025

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RDCO Bylaws (alphabetical)

Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, and Valley of the Sun Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw 1376, 1st reading Oct 26, 2015 and adopted Nov 12, 2015
Westshore Estates Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw 1375, 1st reading Oct 26, 2015 and adopted Nov 12, 2015
Dietrich Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw 1374, 1st reading Oct 26, 2015 and adopted Nov 12, 2015
Sunset Ranch Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw 1373, 1st reading Oct 26, 2015 and adopted Nov 12, 2015
Falcon Ridge Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw 1372, 1st reading Oct 26, 2015 and adopted Nov 12, 2015
Killiney Beach Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw 1371, 1st reading Oct 26, 2015 and adopted Nov 12, 2015
Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amending Bylaw No. 1328, 2013 - Amends Bylaw No. 1268
Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amending Bylaw No. 1309, 2012 - Amends Bylaw No. 1268
Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amending Bylaw No. 1307, 2012 - Amends Bylaw No. 1268
Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amending Bylaw No. 1301, 2011 - Amends Bylaw No. 1268
Water Systems Fees and Regulation Bylaw No. 1268, 2009 - Repeals Bylaw No. 1108, Amended by Bylaw No. 1301, 1307, 1309, 1328
Water Systems Amending Bylaw No. 1213, 2007 - Amends Bylaw No. 1108
Water Systems Amending Bylaw No. 1166, 2006 - Amends Bylaw No. 1108
Water Systems Amending Bylaw No. 1142, 2005 - Amends Bylaw No. 1108
Water Systems Amending Bylaw No. 1121, 2005 - Amends Bylaw No. 1108
Water Systems Amending Bylaw No. 1119, 2005 - Amends Bylaw No. 1108
Water Systems Bylaw No. 1108, 2005 - Repeals Bylaw Nos. 614 and 664, Amended by Bylaw Nos. 1119, 1121, 1142, 1166, Repealed by Bylaw No. 1268
Water Systems Regulation and Management Amendment Bylaw No. 1054, 2004 - Amends Bylaw No. 614
Water Utility and Maintenance Fee Amendment Bylaw No. 1003, 2003 - Amends Bylaw No. 664
Water Utility and Maintenance Fee Amendment Bylaw No. 1062, 2004 - Amends Bylaw No. 664
Water Utility and Maintenance Fee Amendment Bylaw No. 989, 2002 - Amends Bylaws No. 664, 709, 734, 843
Water Utility and Maintenance Fee Amendment Bylaw No. 843, 1999 - Amends Bylaw No. 734 - Amended By Bylaw No. 999
Water Utility User And Maintenance Fee Amending Bylaw No. 734, 1997 - Amends Bylaw No 664 & 709 Amended By 843, Amended By Bylaw No. 989
Water Utility User and Maintenance Fee Amending Bylaw No. 709, 1997 - Amends Bylaw No. 664 & Amended by Bylaw Nos. 734 & 989
Water Utility User and Maintenance Fee Bylaw No. 664, 1996 - Repeals & Replaces No. 615, Amended By No. 709, 734, 843, 989, 1003, & 1062 - Repealed by Bylaw No. 1108
Water Utility User Rates Bylaw No. 615, 1994 - Repeals Bylaw Nos. 250, 350, 362, 438, 447 & 498 - Repealed By Bylaw No. 664

Water Systems Regulation and Management Bylaw No. 614, 1994 - Repeals & Replaces Bylaw No. 437 & 252 - Repealed by Bylaw No. 1108

Adventure Road Water System Rates Amending Bylaw No. 498, 1992 - Amends Bylaw 350
Killiney Beach Water System User Rates Amending Bylaw No. 447, 1990 - Amends Bylaw No. 352
Falcon Ridge Water System User Rates Bylaw No. 438, 1990 - Amended By Bylaw No. 497
Falcon Ridge Water System Regulation and Management Bylaw No. 437, 1990
Killiney Beach Water System User Rates Amending Bylaw No. 362, 1988 - Amends Bylaw No. 250
Adventure Road Water System User Rates Bylaw No. 350, 1988 - Amended By Bylaw No. 498
Killiney Beach Water Regulation and Management Bylaw No. 252, 1983 - Repealed and replaced by Bylaw No. 614
Killiney Beach Water System User Rates Bylaw No. 250, 1982 - Amended By Bylaw No. 362 & 447

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RDCO Water Talk

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Starting April 2012 a consumption fee was introduced when the volume of water exceeded 235 cubic meters per quarter, and anything over 235 m3, the cost was .35 cents per cubic meter.

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Interior Health
DRINKING WATER FILTRATION POLICY
see page 5

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Water price blamed for closure
Vernon Morning Star - by Richard Rolke - Jun 2nd, 2017


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A Vernon business insists water prices have left it high and dry.

Sunshine Laundry Express closed its doors Thursday on Highway 6.

“The water prices are rising astronomically,” said Michael Parent, who owns the laundry with his wife.

The average quarterly bill was about $1,500 when the business opened five years ago and it’s now about $3,000.

The decision to close was made because the lease for the space was up.

“We’re going further into the hole every month,” said Parent.

Besides the three employees out of work, Parent says he’s concerned about his customers who rely on a laundromat.

“There are apartments and low-income housing where there’s no access to washers and dryers,” he said.

Jim Garlick, Greater Vernon Advisory Committee member, wasn’t aware of Sunshine Laundry’s closure and says he needs more information before talking about the matter specifically.

“It seems like a considerable change — a doubling (of the cost),” he said.

Garlick insists GVAC is trying to operate a utility that reflects the interests of customers.

“There’s a price to running the system and a price to replacing what we already have. Also, there’s the master water plan,” he said, adding, though, that the utility may have to look at how high water-use businesses operate.

“Are there efficiencies we could help them out with? Is there (efficient) equipment that could be used?”

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/water-price-blamed-for-closure/

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Quick work protects water
Castanet.net - Jon Manchester - May 26, 2017 | Story: 198032

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The integrity of a key source of drinking water in the Central Okanagan remains safe, despite damage to some important infrastructure this week.

As a result of increased snowmelt and extremely high runoff, MacDonald Creek overflowed at Brenda Mine, causing damage to internal roads and a pipeline that transports untreated runoff from a retention pond to the mine’s water treatment plant.

The District of Peachland and Regional District of Central Okanagan say quick action from Glencore, the mine’s owner, along with the Ministries of Environment, Energy and Mines and Interior Health resulted in temporary measures to prevent any discharge of untreated water.

MacDonald Creek flows into Trepanier Creek, which is a source of drinking water for about 1,500 Peachland residents, plus users of the RDCO’s Star Place water system.

“When it comes to public health and the safety of our residents, it’s paramount that our sources of drinking water are protected," said Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin.

Source: https://www.castanet.net/news/West-Kelowna/198032/Quick-work-protects-water

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Turn on the tap
Castanet.net - May 30, 2017 | Story: 198273

I'm writing in regards to your article Turn on taps to lower lake? I feel as if we are being talked to like we are clueless.

I understand there was a time when we needed to be educated on water consumption. Part of the City’s process in getting us (the taxpayers) to buy into the importance of conserving our water, was to raise costs through variable rate or block billing. This insures that we understand the value of water usage. Through this billing method, constant discussions on the preciousness of water in the valley, as well as knowing the impacts that we (the people) have on our environment, I believe the the message is understood.

So now, when the City (our employees) tell us that the residential usage of water is “insignificant“ and that most of the water goes back into the lake "as runoff“, I feel as if we (the taxpayers) are being taken advantage of.

First of all, we the taxpayers have bought and paid for the water system that we all enjoy, we also pay the wages of the people that monitor and control the water system that we paid for. I don’t believe that we should be taxed (or forced to pay) for using a little more water to grow food, make our lawns a little greener etc. especially, like our employee, Kevin Van Vliet, the one we hired to serve our needs, tells us that the insignificant amount we use runs back into the lake anyway.

I believe it’s time we put in place, employees of our city, that look after our needs, at a fair compensation, not 10 to 15 percent more than private sector employees. I for one am getting tired of the excuses like “we need to pay more to get the best people” and a favourite of mine “we had consultants tell us that other municipalities pay higher wages than do”.

Maybe it’s time to put in place employees that will spend our money like it was their own, allow us to use our water and our treatment plant to serve us, the people that paid for it.

The City could start by getting rid of the two tiered billing for example, keep costs in line, and start treating your employer with a little more respect.

Brad Airey

Source: https://www.castanet.net/news/Letters/198273/Turn-on-the-tap

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Free water after boil notice
Castanet.net - Nicholas Johansen - May 25, 2017 | Story: 197914

West Kelowna residents who have been placed under a boil-water notice can now access free bulk water.

The notice was issued Wednesday after Tuesday's storm surge on Okanagan Lake, causing treated effluent to be discharged into the lake from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The boil-water notice was issued for anyone who draws drinking water from Okanagan Lake, within 300 metres of the temporary wastewater bypass near Pebble Beach, south of Gellatly Road.

The service has also been extended to other lakefront property owners who use their own water intakes.

The water can be found at a filling station at the corner of Shannon Lake Road and Asquith Road. Users must bring their own containers and hoses.

The free water has been treated using filtration, UV radiation and chlorination, and will be offered during the duration of the water-quality advisories.

Source: http://www.castanet.net/news/West-Kelowna/197914/Free-water-after-boil-notice

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Star Place water advisory
Castanet.net - Wayne Moore - Apr 12, 2017 | Story: 194351

A water quality advisory has been issued for residents served by the small Star Place water system, located in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.

The regional district issued the advisory Wednesday morning.

The advisory affects eight properties connected to the community water system on Star Place off Trepanier Road near the Okanagan Connector.

Increased turbidity in the water system source from high runoff has resulted in water quality that might impact children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.

“Interior Health has been contacted and while the health risk is modest and no bacteria have been found in any of the water tested from the system, regional district staff recommends that as a precaution that Star Place water customers follow Interior Health guidelines, especially for those with weakened immune systems, the elderly, children and those wishing additional precautions," said RDCO communications officer Bruce Smith.

"All water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth should be boiled for at least one minute or customers should use a safe alternative to water from the tap such as bottled or distilled water.”

A similar notice was issued for the same water system last year at this time.

Source: http://www.castanet.net/news/West-Kelowna/194351/Star-Place-water-advisory

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Flooding on Firwood Road at Alpine Road March 20, 2017

There is a big-o pipe in the dirt just behind that vehicle in the photo, and there is water pouring out of the pipe, plus there is water running down the ditch there too, and its running across Alpine and Firwood Roads and into the pond next to Firwood Road.

We heard lots of excavation up on the left of Firwood Road just past Alpine in the last month or so, so all that water probably has something to do with the excavation going on up there, because there was never water coming out across the road there before, in the many years we have lived at Valley of the Sun.

 

There is a big-o pipe under the surface of the water in that hole at 8054 Alpine Road, and water is pouring out of the pipe.

 

There is a big-o pipe under the surface of the water in that hole at 8054 Alpine Road, and water is pouring out of the pipe.

 


RDCO's engineering vehicle was parked a little more to the right in this photo, and you can't see it in this photo, but it was there too.

 

March 21, 2017 from 12:26pm until 12:30pm we tried to report this flooding to RDCO main phone number 250-763-4918 for 4 minutes and 29 seconds to no avail. Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files  Here is a copy of that conversation with RDCO trying to report flooding to no avail because it was lunch time, PATHETIC!!! Would hate to see what would happen in a real emergency trying to report a break in a pipe or something.  Would we have to wait until after lunch to be able to report it?

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files March 21, 2017 at 12:31pm we tried to report the flooding to RDCO's emergency number in the table below that we got off RDCO's website, but got an answering service and they couldn't help us.

 Finally we gave up trying RDCO and reported the flooding to the Ministry of Transportation.  The following day on March 23, 2017 a Ministry (JPW) road crew showed up along with RDCO engineering.

Emergency Water Contacts

Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm - 250-469-6241.

After Hours/Stat Holiday Emergencies Only - 250-868-5299.

Source: http://www.regionaldistrict.com/your-services/environmental-services/water-systems.aspx

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North Westside study funded
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Feb 24, 2017

A study will look at services the North Westside receives, including water.

A review of North Westside governance options could get underway soon.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is receiving $20,000 from the Ministry of Community Development to facilitate a services and community issues review for the area from La Casa to Westshore Estates.

“It’s pretty much what we were looking for and expecting,” said Wayne Carson, director.

The study will include the collection and diagnostic analysis of available service delivery, taxation and other relevant data to better describe and understand key facets of local government in the area.

It will also identify the issues and concerns expressed by residents regarding decision making and delivery of regional district services.

Currently, North Westside, with a population of 1,000 to 1,500 people, has one director at the 12-member RDCO board table.

Many North Westside residents have indicated that current structure doesn’t represent their needs because the area is quite a ways from RDCO’s Kelowna office and service costs are growing.

RDCO will have to hire a consultant to lead the study and terms of reference will have to be developed. But Carson hopes the process can get underway in the spring.

“We want information on our community and whether it’s feasible to move forward with a governance process,” said Carson.

“You are either an electoral area or a municipality. The issue is whether the area could afford the additional costs that come with being incorporated and the additional cost is roads.”

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/414722813.html

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Planned Hydro Outage Affects North Westside Water Users

Customers of three Regional District of Central Okanagan water systems may want to prepare for a planned electricity outage next week.

BC Hydro says the outage will last from 6:00 am to approximately 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 7th affecting more than 1,350 customers along Westside Road. The outage, subject to cancellation due to weather or other circumstances, is needed to make improvements to the distribution system.

The outage will impact operation of the Regional District’s Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates and Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun water systems.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “With the planned, extended outage, we encourage our more than 600 customers on these systems, to conserve water: only using water when needed. If possible, they should avoid doing laundry and running dishwashers during the outage, as these appliances use large amounts of water.” He adds, “Given the advance notice, customers should stockpile some additional water for household use during the outage by filling their bathtub or adding additional water for drinking.”

Another reason for residents to conserve water during this period is that should any of the three systems run out of water, the Regional District will have to put out a Precautionary Water Quality Advisory until staff can flush the system and conduct bacterial and chlorine residual testing, which could take several days. Smith says, “We hope to avoid this by encouraging our customers to use water sparingly. We’ll be monitoring our systems throughout the day and will let residents know if any advisory is required.”

Interior Health advises that the draining of a reservoir can result in sediments being drawn into the distribution system and if any microorganisms have settled out into the sediments, they can be released at that time. There have been a number of cases where water systems have had positive lab reports when their reservoir was unintentionally drained due to a power outage, main break, or pump failure.

It says the loss of pressure can result in contaminant intrusion into the water distribution lines through cracks and leaks. This could put any individuals that consume the water at increased risk of gastrointestinal illness, particularly if the lines are close to septic discharges. This risk has been discussed in the Environmental Protection Association paper on the Potential for Health Risks from Intrusion of Contaminants into the Distribution System from Pressure Transients.

Smith says, “Depending on the location of a customer on a system, some receive water directly from the pressurized pipe on their street, while others get their water from the reservoir. When power is off for an extended period, system pumps can’t operate and users connected directly to pressurized pipes lose water shortly after the electrical outage, depending on where they are located within the system. Those connected directly to a reservoir will continue to get water until the reservoir supply is depleted.”

“Once electricity is restored and all pumps are working again,” Smith says “users directly connected to the pressure pipes will receive water fairly quickly once the system’s pressure returns. Those fed from reservoirs will take longer to get water service as it takes time to refill and replenish the reservoirs. If your water is cloudy please run the cold water tap until it clears.”

Affected customers can find information from BC Hydro on ‘Prepare Your Home for An Outage’ and ‘What to Do During an Outage, from Safety to Kids to Food’. Visit bchydro.com/outages or bchydro.com/mobile for the most up-to-date information on the outage and the estimated time for electricity restoration.

The Regional District operates and maintains water systems serving just over 900 properties in the following areas: Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Star Place/Dietrich, Westshore and Upper Fintry - Shalal Road - Valley of the Sun.

For information visit regionaldistrict.com/water or contact RDCO Environmental Services at engineer@cord.bc.ca or 250-469-6241. To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit regionaldistrict.com/water.

(November 30, 2016)

Source RDCO's Whats New:  http://www.regionaldistrict.com/whats-new.aspx

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.pdf icon September 19, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Peachland winning a water award because it was a Director Item

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11. DIRECTOR ITEMS
• Director Fortin noted that the District of Peachland won the OBWB 'Make Water Work Community Championship' based on the most per capita pledges than anywhere in the Okanagan.

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.pdf icon August 22, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

9.3 Development Variance Permit (Application VP-16-01) Applicant:
Regional District of Central Okanagan, Lot 45, Plan 21925, District Lot 3910, ODYD - 9408 Winchester Road, Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (Custom Vote - Electoral Areas - 1 Director, 1 Vote, Simple Majority)

Staff report dated August 15, 2016 outlined the Development Variance Permit to permit the siting of a proposed pump station for the Killiney Beach Water System. Staff reviewed the application and referrals.
Chair Given asked if there was anyone who deemed their property to be affected by the variance.
  • J. Edgson, #1 Lot Winchester Road - voiced support for the variance.

CARSON/BARTYIK
THAT Development Variance Permit, application VP-16-01, to vary Section 13.2.5 of Zoning Bylaw No. 871 by allowing a reduction of the minimum front setback from 4.5m (14.8 ft) to 0.3m (0.98 ft) to permit a pump station be approved.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Water quality advisory lifted for North Westside
by Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star - Aug 25, 2016

A precautionary water quality advisory has been removed for customers served by the Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates water systems.

The advisory affected more than 530 properties connected to the two systems servicing subdivisions off Westside Road. The advisory was recommended Monday as a result of the power outages and reservoir drawdown related to the Bear Creek wildfire.

“With the restoration of regular electrical service, the Water Quality Advisory has been removed," said Bruce Smith, with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/391303331.html

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Wildfire forces water quality advisory for North Westside customers
by Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star - Aug 22, 2016

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued a precautionary water quality advisory for Killiney Beach and Westshore customers.

The advisory is a result of ongoing power outages related to the Bear Creek fire. Reservoirs are not able to be replenished as they would normally.

“Interior Health has been contacted and while the health risk is modest and no bacteria have been found in any of the water tested from the systems, regional district staff recommends that as a precaution, customers follow Interior Health guidelines, especially for those with weakened immune systems, the elderly, children and those wishing additional precautions,” said Bruce Smith, with RDCO.

“All water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth should be boiled for at least one minute or customers should use a safe alternative to water from the tap such as bottled or distilled water.”

The precautionary advisory will continue until further notice.

Residents are also being asked to conserve water.

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/390945741.html

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.pdf icon May 30, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Gas Tax Community Works Funding
The Regional Board has received a report outlining the use of Gas Tax Community Works Funds in the electoral areas over the past nine years. The Regional District has used these funds for various projects without having to seek additional funding from taxpayers. From 2006 to 2015 the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area has received more than $2.6-million through the funding program of which over $1.6-million has been spent, another $174,723 is committed to projects and $1.3-million remains in reserve for future projects. During the same period Central Okanagan East has received almost $1.2-million in Gas Tax funding with $622,157 has been spent, another $643,233 is committed and $146,934 is in reserve for future projects.

Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw
The Regional Board has adopted amendments to the 2016-2020 Financial Plan Bylaw. The changes reflect adjusted use of Community Works Gas Tax funds and additional project cost details for the Trepanier and Westshore water systems, Ellison and Joe Rich Fire Departments and Eastside Parks.

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7. NEW BUSINESS
7.1 Gas Tax Community Works Fund Usage - For Information (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208.1)
Staff report dated May 24, 2016 outlined the details of the Community Works Fund usage, including what funds have previously been committed and the eligible project categories.
#125/16 OPHUS/CARSON
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the Background report on Gas Tax Community Works Funds Usage.
CARRIED Unanimously

7.2 2016 Community Works Fund Project Approval (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208.1)
Staff report dated May 20, 2016 outlined the projects identified for Community Works Fund for Central Okanagan West and Central Okanagan East Electoral Areas.
Discussion ensued regarding deferring Board consideration of the report. As requested, staff outlined the background of the proposed upgrades to the Westshore Water System Reservoir Project and whether there are projects at risk for delay?
Director Dehart left the meeting at 8:22 p.m.
#126/16 CARSON/HANSON
THAT agenda Items 7.2 and 7.3 be POSTPONED until the June 9th Regional Board meeting to allow further time for Director Carson to consider the projects identified.
DEFEATED (In support: BAKER, FORTIN, CARSON, HANSON)
#127/16 BASRAN/STACK
THAT the Regional Board approve the use of $1,309,693 of Gas Tax - Community Works Funds to complete the proposed projects listed in the Appendix 1 project plan dated May 20, 2016, and as reflected in the RDCO 2016-2020 5-Year Financial Plan.
CARRIED Unanimously
Director Dehart returned at 8:25 p.m.

7.3 RDCO 2016-2020 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote – LGA 210.1)
Staff report outlined the financial plan amendments with regard to capital projects and Gas Tax Community Works Funding approved usage, and the provincial reimbursement to Ellison Fire Department’s response to the Joe Rich Fire in 2015.
Staff answered questions on the water supply project in Joe Rich and the increase in costs associated with the Westshore Water System Reservoir Project.
#128/16 BAKER/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2016-2020 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw be given first, second and third readings and adopted.
CARRIED (Carson opposed)

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WATERING RESTRICTIONS

Stage 1 restrictions run September 16th to June 15th and provide alternate day irrigation based on odd/ even addresses.
Stage 2 restrictions run June 16th to September 15th unless otherwise noted:

even number addresses may water Saturday and Tuesday,

odd number addresses may water outdoors, Sunday and Wednesday.

While someone using a watering can and hose with a spring loaded nozzle may water at any time of the day, there are restrictions in place for other users.

If you don’t need to water on your allotted day or time period, please do not waste water.

Source: http://www.regionaldistrict.com/media/200254/WaterTalk2_Spring16.pdf

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$89.41 per month for water and garbage

If RDCO wants to regulate the water, they better be able to regulate the water

If the RDCO wants to regulate the water, they better know how to warn us when we get to our basic limit so we don't go over, because we refuse to pay any more for water than the basic amount, because we want to conserve.  We will be advising RDCO by way of a letter of this, and if we are not warned by RDCO when we get to our basic amount, we will be making a complaint to the BC Ombudsman.

We will be sending a letter to RDCO Chris Radford to let him know that we cannot afford to pay anymore than the basic amount for water, and that any excess other than the basic amount of $172.50 should not be fed to us.  Either RDCO warns us before we get to our limit so we can stop taking the water, or RDCO cuts off the water when we get to our limit, because there is no way we can tell how much water we are using.  The regular kitchen tap or bathroom sink tap does not have a meter on them.

Is it fair that a single person with low flow everything, and the only one in the house, should pay extra for water at Valley of the Sun? 

RDCO ain't trying to get people to conserve when they are already conserving, but instead RDCO wants to make sure they gouge everyone into paying for their automated system that still requires an RDCO water truck to run around on a Saturday that we seen Saturday April 23, 2016 on Westside Road north of Shalal Road about 9:30am

And this home's occupant does not shower every day either!!

This household can't conserve anymore!!!

RDCO is an asshole in our opinion!!!  It is obvious that RDCO is costing us too much money.  Can you imagine the admin fees over all this water money they are collecting.

We don't have food, because we have to pay RDCO for water that is free!!!

We can't afford scada automation, and an RDCO water employee at work on a Saturday, thank you very much RDCO!!!

Invoice Amounts for Scada at Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road

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It looks as though the cost for Scada was $54,046.84 but RDCO received a GST Rebate and that saved $1,568.34, bringing the cost down to $52,478.52 for Scada at Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road.  $4,222.41 in PST and GST taxes were paid for Scada.

Lets see your water bills.  If you want, we will post it here with your name and address blacked out.  Lets all see what kind of money we are paying for water.

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.pdf icon May 12, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5. DELEGATION

5.1 Dr. John Janmaat, The LEEF BC Regional Innovation Chair-Water Resources & Ecosystem Sustainability

Dr. Janmaat, Professor of Economics at UBC-Okanagan, presented the findings from a five year research chair project on water-use challenges that directly impact the Okanagan communities. The Okanagan Basin Water Board, on behalf of RDCO, RDNO and RDOS, contributed $500,000 to the project over five years.
Research themes based on the advisory committee input were highlighted: water and the Okanagan economy; the value contributed by water; and governance and water.

SINGH/STACK
THAT the presentation by Dr. John Janmaat, The LEEF BC Regional Innovation Chair Water Resources & Ecosystem, from a five-year research project on water-use challenges that directly impact the Okanagan communities, be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon April 25, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about items 6.1 and 8.1 or about the audio links below

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.pdf icon April 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon 6.1 Emily MacNair, Program Manager - Okanagan Regional Adaptation Strategies Update

.pdf icon 8.1 RDCO Purchase Commitments >$100,000 during 1Q 2016

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.pdf icon April 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. DELEGATION
6.1 Emily MacNair, Program Manager - Okanagan Regional Adaptation Strategies Update [All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208(1)]
Staff report dated April 18, 2016 outlined the BC Agriculture Council’s Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative which addresses agricultural challenges associated with climate Change.
Emily MacNair provided an overview of a new initiative in the Okanagan.
- BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative formulated in 2008.
- Advisory Committee is made up of producers, processors and government. Six regional plan just being completed in the province.
- A regional focused program started in 2013 - Regional Adaptation Enhancement Program. The strategies plan is to be completed in May 2016. The Plan evaluates climate change impacts and develops strategies, actions and priorities. 15 strategies and 27 actions items have been identified.
- Priority impact areas include: warmer/drier summer conditions; changing pest populations; increase in extreme precipitation events; and increasing wildfire risk.
-FORTIN/OPHUS
THAT the presentation by Emily MacNair on the Okanagan Regional Adaptation Strategies be received for information.
CARRIED Unanimously

8. FINANCIAL SERVICES
8.1 RDCO Purchase Commitments >$100,000 during 1Q 2016 [All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208(1)]
Staff report dated April 18, 2016 outlined the purchase commitments for the first quarter of 2016. Staff outlined what contract administration and inspection services are for the Westshore & Killiney Beach Water Systems project.
BAKER/BASRAN
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the report on the purchase commitments which exceeded $100,000 made during the first quarter, ending March 31, 2016.
CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon April 14, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about item 5.2 Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Approval of funding for Bellevue Creek Intake and Dike Improvements

Water System Funding Application
The Regional Board has approved a resolution committing one-third of the funding for a proposed capital upgrade to the Falcon Ridge Water System. An application will be made to the Canada-BC New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund to assist with the construction during 2018 of a new reservoir cell and concrete vault for the water system serving just over 50 properties off Highway 33 in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area. If funded, the project would help meet Provincial and Regional District water quality objectives while increasing storage capacity, water pressure and fire flows. The total cost of the project is estimated at more than $440,000 of which $145,000 would be funded through capital reserves for the water system.

Emergency Program Act Response
The Regional Board has approved submitting a response to the Provincial Government as part of the public consultation on the Emergency Management BC Discussion Paper. Regional Emergency Program staff have reviewed the document and provided comments regarding possible changes to modernize and clarify responsibilities in the Emergency Program Act.

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.pdf icon April 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.2 Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Approval of funding for Bellevue Creek Intake and Dike Improvements

.pdf icon Item 6.1 New Building Canada Fund-Small Communities Fund for Falcon Ridge Water System

.pdf icon item 7.1 Rise & Report from Governance & Services Meeting - April 14, 2016 Emergency Program Act Consultation (don't see any agenda for this)

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5.2 Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure - Approval of funding for Bellevue Creek Intake and Dike Improvements [All Directors - Unweighted Vote - 208(1)]
SIEBEN/FINDLATER
THAT the March 30, 2016 letter from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure confirming approval of $200,000 in funding for the Bellevue Creek Intake and Dike Improvements be received for information.
CARRIED Unanimously

6. COMMUNITY SERVICES
6.1 New Building Canada Fund-Small Communities Fund - Falcon Ridge Water System [All Directors - Unweighted Vote - 207(5)]
Staff report dated April 4, 2016 outlined the reservoir expansion plan in 2018 for the Falcon Ridge Water System.
HANSON/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board approve committing up to $145,000 from the Falcon Ridge Water System Capital Reserve Fund to the Falcon Ridge Water System Improvement Project submission to the New Building Canada Fund - Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF) program.
CARRIED Unanimously

7. NEW BUSINESS
7.1 Rise & Report from Governance & Services Meeting - April 14, 2016
7.1.1 Emergency Program Act Consultation RDCO's Submission of the 'Response to Prepared and Resilient EMBC Discussion Paper' [All Directors - Unweighted Vote - 208(1)]
FINDLATER/BASRAN
THAT the Regional Board approve the RDCO's submission of the 'Response to Prepared and Resilient EMBC Discussion Paper' to the Province of British Columbia in response to their invitation to participate in consultation and engagement on the Emergency Program Act, subject to the following:
Add to Section #3:
‘explore broader definition of first nations which may include self-government, and band council’
CARRIED Unanimously

(EMBC means Emergency Management BC)

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Pressure turned up up in war of words over Kelowna water
by Alistair Waters - Kelowna Capital News - Feb 26, 2016

The City of Kelowna is hitting back after being publicly accused of not applying for millions of dollars in grant money to help area water purveyors fix their systems.

According to city hall, a South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) spokesman, interiewed on radio last week, was wrong when he said there were “tens of millions of dollars” in grants available that the city could have applied for on behalf of the water districts to help fund projects in the Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan (KIWSP).

The city didn’t, it was claimed, because Kelowna wants to fold their operations into one integrated water system run by the city.

“In fact, improvement grant funds have been on hold until a provincially mandated independent review of the KIWSP is done,” said the city in a news release issued Thursday.

“All water providers have known this since 2012, but have failed to agree to the terms of reference for the study to proceed.”

Because of that, the province has appointed two mediators to try and bring the city and the four water purveyors who operate independent water systems in various parts of the city, together.

One of the mediators is former Shuswap MLA and provincial cabinet minister George Abbott.

The purveyors include SEKID, the Glenmore-Ellison Irrigation District, The Black Mountain Irrigation District and Rutland Waterworks.

All are separate, independent bodies with their own powers to operate and levy rates on property owners in their areas to pay for their water systems.

The city also operates its own, separate water utility.

“There was one grant program available, the Strategic Priorities Fund, and the city did apply for water project funds on behalf of the Kelowna Joint Water Committee under this program, but was unsuccessful,” said the city in its news release.

Without grants, property owners in each of the individual irrigation districts have had to fund the ongoing projects through the rates they pay and that has meant rate increases.

The SEKID spokesman is quoted as saying: “The city wants to turn this into a governance review….But we don’t feel it is appropriate because this is a technical report and there’s nothing about governance in it.”

The city is also taking issue with SEKID’s contention that the governance review will take years to complete and will slow things down.

“These statements are not correct,” said the rebuttal from the city.

“Section 6 of the Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan is all about governance.

“This 16-page section on governance is an important part of the KIWSP and the City of Kelowna refuses to have it excluded from the the Value Engineering Analysis.”

The city contends the plan needs to be considered in its entirety, saying sections can’t be discounted or removed from the review simply because they might be of concern to the irrigation districts.

The escalating fight over water jurisdiction in the city stems from council’s desire to see one integrated water system serving the entire city, a system Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran feels would be safer, cheaper and serve all Kelowna residents in a more cost-effective way.

After on-going backroom attempts to negotiate some sort of change fell short, Basran went public with council’s desire for a single water utility in the city earlier this month during his state of the city address to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

In its response to the water purveyors’ public reaction to the mayor’s comments, city hall says the fact that irrigation districts are choosing to ignore section 6 of the KIWSP suggests governance is, in fact, the obstacle to implementing the province’s requirement for the best lowest-cost solution to Kelowna’s water challenges.

“The City of Kelowna believes these challenges cannot be addressed under the century-old system of separate and independent utilities. We believe an integrated system is the best investment for Kelowna and that’s why a governance review is important. We need to look at solutions without the limitations of district boundaries.”

The city says it wants to work with the province to develop a long-term plan for an integrated system that will deliver clean drinking water to all residents at equitable rates, along with a sustainable water supply and rates for agriculture.

In his recent State of the City address to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Basran claimed tens of thousands of city residents are under frequent or nearly constant water quality advisories while 70 per cent of residents surveyed say water quality improvement tops their list of priorities for investment.

The mayor added while the city has continually improved its own water system without the funding from senior levels of government, he feels one interconnected system throughout the entire city would ensure not only consistent water quality, but also adequate supply.

Source:  http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/370287601.html

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.pdf icon February 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 3.1 Regional Grant In Aid Review
.pdf icon Item 3.2 2016 2020 Financial Plan Review Budget Presentation
.pdf icon Item 3.2 2016 2020 Financial Plan Review Preliminary Information
.pdf icon Item 3.2A Summary Highlights Report
.pdf icon Item 3.2B Budget Piechart And Information Tab 6 Pg 1 To 4
.pdf icon Item 3.2C Budgets Summary Tab 6 Pg 5 To 14
.pdf icon Item 3.2D Tax Requisitions And Rates Tab 7 Pg 1 To 17
.pdf icon Item 3.2F Community Services Engineering Tab 8 Pg 1 To 34
.pdf icon Item 3.2G Community Services Waste Management Tab 8 Pg 35 To 42
.pdf icon Item 3.2H Community Services Planning Tab 8 Pg 43 To 46
.pdf icon Item 3.2I Community Services Fire Protection Tab 8 Pg 47 To 65
.pdf icon Item 3.2J Community Services Police Services Tab 8 Pg 66 To 73
.pdf icon Item 3.2K Community Services Inspections Tab 8 Pg 74 To 77
.pdf icon Item 3.2Ii Proposed Regional Parks 2016 2020 Budget Highlights And Additional 2016 Project Investment Options
.pdf icon Item 3.2L Parks Services Tab 8 Pg 78 To 90
.pdf icon Item 3.2M Finance And Administration Tab 8 Pg 91 To 121
.pdf icon Item 3.2N Corporate Services Tab 8 Pg 122 To 141
.pdf icon Item 3.2O Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement Tab 8 Pg 142 To 153
.pdf icon Item 3.2P Economic Development Commission Tab 8 Pg 154 To 155
.pdf icon Item 3.2Q Regional Board Tab 8 Pg 156 To 165

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Item 3.2O Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement Tab 8 Pg 142 To 153
RDCO Dog Control 2015 Actual and 2016 Preliminary Budget

RDCO Dog Control 2015 Actual and 2016 Preliminary Budget
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.pdf icon February 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

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Smarter, ethical water
Feb 26, 2016 - Vernon Morning Star - Letters

The many million dollars proposed for the improvement of water systems in Greater Vernon could be sharply decreased by applying indigenous ecological knowledge.

Currently, our valley is portrayed as a region that sheds water, and, truthfully, many of our streambeds are dry. For this, we have to thank the fur traders, not nature.

Before trapping, there were more than 60 million beavers in North America. They are the water keepers. Indigenous people sacrificed them because they needed vital trade goods to survive in the new non-indigenous North America, yet they knew very well the huge price being paid.

Experiments in reintroducing beavers have had inspiring results. In Alberta, they have increased open water retention by 60 per cent. In Nevada, they have restored dry streams, like the gullies running down into Vernon from the hills, to year-long ones, right down into the desert floor.

Alberta trials have also shown that beaver habitat naturally cleans water of excess nitrogen from agricultural run-off, without any further treatment necessary.

"Beaver Fever" has been shown to be a myth, a disease caused more often by cattle and, most often, by humans than by beavers. Trials in Ontario show that trout in beaver ponds are larger than those in streams and that ponds provide shelter for large individuals during drought.

Trials in the Coldwater River, one of our regional rivers, have shown that salmon survival and spawning is higher in beaver habitat. A recent trial in Oregon's John Day Valley, a region formed at the same time as the Okanagan and with the same climate and similar geography, restored two vertical feet of lost streambed, increased grazing land and bear and deer habitat from zero to 100 metres from the streams, and increased steelhead spawning numbers by 20 per cent, all within five years.

Currently, higher altitude trials are underway in the Methow, one of our sister valleys in Northern Washington.

All in all, beavers can store water, release it slowly through the year, clean it, and deliver it to the valley floor, while maintaining rich plant, animal, bird and fish communities. The cost? Almost none.

There would be a small decrease in timber values (offset by increased availability of water to other timber), a small decrease in grazing land (offset by increases of sub-irrigated land in currently dry areas), and some adjustments for private property owners and road construction and maintenance contracts.

The benefits, however, would include greater retention of water, year-round availability of water, decreased loss of water to evaporation, increased wildlife, bird and fish habitat, cleaner water, and rich, properly-functioning landscapes capable of withstanding global warming and of sustaining our children for generations.

Piped water would still be necessary, of course, but not at the expense or in the volumes demanded by current models. If the reintroduction of beavers was accompanied by a program to shift cool season or short season crops up into the high country, the huge loss of water due to evaporation in the extreme-evaporation zone of our valley bottom would lead to increased agricultural production at a fraction of water use, with incredibly low delivery costs.

Cycling water through the extreme evaporation zone of Okanagan Lake, to clean it by plankton, is hugely wasteful in comparison.

Low-evaporation water use is also indigenous technology, learned by people who gardened and wild-crafted in valley bottoms and in the high country, depending on seasonal evaporation rates.

These technologies are not only inexpensive but deeply respectful of the wisdom of generations both past and to come. It is time to partner with our indigenous elders to save all of us from the wastes and inefficiencies within our current water systems, which are, basically, 19th century water technology.

It is time not only for human reasons but also for purely economic ones.

In terms of water, we have currently exceeded the population capacity of the Okanagan.

Beavers allow us to repair that imbalance. They are the water keepers.

Harold Rhenisch
Vernon

Source:  http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/opinion/letters/370134941.html

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.pdf icon February 22, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Water Grant Applications
The Regional Board has endorsed submitting eight funding applications to the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant program. Three applications are from the Regional District while five others are on behalf of various public and non-profit community organizations. Individual projects that address water issues, knowledge sharing and enhance sustainable water use may qualify for OBWB program grants between $3,000 and $30,000 with a total of $180,660 available for projects within the Central Okanagan.

2015 Program and Service Update
The Regional Board has received an update on program and service accomplishments during the final quarter of 2015. These include successful Repair Caf and old Tire Collection events and the start of fuel modification to reduce the fire hazard in a section of Glen Canyon Regional Park. The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission’s well attended ‘Business Walk’ focussed on the hospitality and tourism sector. Deficits have been identified and steps are being taken to address the shortfalls in the areas of the Dietrich/Trepanier and Falcon Ridge water systems and the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre.

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.pdf icon February 22, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1 2015 Year In Review Surplus Deficits

.pdf icon Item 9.3 Amendments To Ticket Information And Utilization Bylaw No 435 And Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No 1326

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Item 8.1 2015 Year In Review Surplus Deficits
Trepanier Bench Water user fee revenue was less than budgeted and overtime salaries were higher than budgeted due to off hour call outs. Rates adjusted in 2016.

Item 9.3 Amendments To Ticket Information And Utilization Bylaw No 435 And Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No 1326

RDCO Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No. 1370
The Regional Board adopted this new water systems bylaw in November 2015. The fines proposed are for contravening specific sections of the bylaw.


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.pdf icon February 22, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. FINANCIAL SERVICES

8.1 2015 Year In Review Surplus Deficits (All Directors – Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated February 17, 2016 outlined the 2015 surplus-deficits for the various services the Regional District provides. Staff reviewed the report noting that many of the deficits have already been dealt with by the Board. The new water rates will address deficits in the Falconridge and Trepanier Bench Water Systems. It was noted that surplus/deficits must remain within its’ own service.

A video highlighting some of 2015 accomplishments in the various service areas
was shown.

#49/16 BAKER/STACK

THAT the Board receive for information the 2015 Year In Review financial surplus deficits report.

CARRIED Unanimously

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9.3 Amendments to RDCO Ticket Information and Utilization Bylaw No. 435 & RDCO Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No. 1326

Staff report dated February 9, 2016 outlined the proposed amendments to the two ticketing bylaws. Increases in fines are for dogs at large, owners failing to leash, owners failing to maintain visual sight and verbal control of their dog when in an off-leash park, and dangerous dogs. A fine structure is introduced for the newly adopted RDCO Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No. 1370. Increased fines from $100 to $1000 were proposed for the RDCO Prohibited Animal Bylaw No. 1028.

Staff recommended an increase for Section 37 - Dangerous Dog in Prohibited Area fine from $200 to $500. In discussion, it was agreed that the fine should be increased to $1,000, similar to the other fines related to dangerous dogs. For the safety of the public, dangerous dogs should never be allowed in the prohibited areas which include parks, schools grounds, sports fields, playgrounds, public beaches, swimming areas, and off-leash parks.

#53/16 OPHUS/BAKER

THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ticket Information and Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1386, 2016 be given first, second and third readings and adopted, as amended:

. Section 37 Dangerous Dog in Prohibited Area increase fine from $500 to $1,000

CARRIED Unanimously

#54/16 OPHUS/BAKER

THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 1387, 2016 be given first, second and third readings and adopted, as amended:

. Section 37 Dangerous Dog in Prohibited Area increase fine from $500 to $1,000

CARRIED Unanimously

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Kelowna mayor stakes his (water) claim
by Alistair Waters - Kelowna Capital News - Feb 11, 2016

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran told the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Thursday it's time for one integrated water system in the city.— Image Credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News

Kelowna’s mayor has gone public with the city’s push to have residents served by one integrated water system instead of the five separate independent systems that currently exist.

Colin Basran used his annual state of the city address to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to state publicly for the first time not only does the city want to have just one water system, it wants the final say about that system to rest with his council.

“We represent the entire city,” said Basran following his remarks to the chamber.

During his speech, Basran said the public would not stand for five different fire departments, with five different fire chiefs, all separately funded, so he questioned why there are five different water systems serving the city.

Currently, in addition to the CIty of Kelowna’s own water utility, Black Mountain Irrigation District, Rutland Water Works, the Glenmore-Ellison Irrigation District and the South-East Kelowna Irrigation District all provide water to residents in different parts of the city. Each water district is self-governed and all raise their own revenues through taxation.

Basran, who in the past has been reluctant to speak publicly about the issue despite repeatedly saying water is the number one issue for his council, said he felt it was time for the public to hear the call for one integrated water network directly from him.

While there are no finalized plans as to how the system would work, what it would look like or how it would operate, all five water purveyors have sat behind closed doors in a joint water committee for the last three years discussing the issue.

But that process appeared to have broken down because the parties could not agree about how to set the terms of reference for a formal study to look at the issue.

Basran revealed Thursday, the province has now stepped in and appointed two mediators, one of whom is former Shuswap area MLA and provincial cabinet minister, George Abbott, to break the impasse. Mediation will wrap up in a few weeks time, the mayor said.

Basran said there has already been “pushback” from the other water purveyors, and he expects to hear more now that he has gone public.

But Basran said he believes the public will support a call for one integrated water network instead of five separate systems, all requiring different levels of maintenance and improvement.

He said the city is not calling for a radical change right away but eventually it wants to see a single system across the city.

And, he stressed, whoever runs that system must answer to city council. Asked about going public during his annual state of the city address, the mayor said he felt it was time to start getting the message out, adding the move would make local water supplies safer—at any give time he said 35 per cent of the city’s population is on some type of water advisory.

He noted it would also stop duplication, improvements could be done is a cheaper, and more cost effectively way and all city water users in Kelowna would benefit.

In West Kelowna, the irrigation districts there were brought under the city’s umbrella over the course of five years.

While Victoria has not ordered Kelowna to do the same, Basran said the government has made it clear any future provincial funding for irrigation district improvements here will have to go through the city.

“So, we’re just doing what it appears the province wants us to do,” said Basran.

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In his address, which highlighted many of the city’s accomplishments in 2015, Basran also addressed the recent BMO report that said Kelowna is the worst place in the country to find a job.

The mayor questioned the study’s conclusion, saying he has concerns in part because the study that the report is based on is a one-moth “snapshot” and the sample size used is extremely small.

According to Basran, just 100 homes are included and, he added, even Statistics Canada warns about putting too much stock in the study because of the small sample size.

Still, he said the city is always looking at ways it can help increase employment here, citing economic development initiatives such as publicly-funded construction projects, moves to attract business and helping businesses succeed with projects like its fibre optic network.

That network, set up primarily for the city to connect its facilities, allows clients to move large amounts of data through the system.

He credited the network for the arrival of a large animation studio in the city and said council has added money to the budget for the fibre network system to take it all the way out to the airport.

The network connects city facilities and offers use to large corporate clients for a fee.

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/368551931.html

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.pdf icon February 11, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Hydrometric Flow Data

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A large number of hydrometric stations established by the Water Survey of Canada were discontinued in the 1980's and 1990's. The OBWB has developed partnerships with local governments to install and operate hydrometric stations on identified creeks of concern. A number of hydrometric stations have been installed in the RDCO including one on Shorts Creek and two in the District of Lake Country. On Shorts Creek a hydrometric station had been operating from 1969-1982. Through a partnership with OBWB, ONA and RDCO a new hydrometric station was installed in Shorts Creek in 2014. Re-establishing the hydrometric stations where stations had previously existed is intended to enable a review of past and current hydrometric data to address matters such as: water supply, climate change, flood hazard management, future infrastructure planning, and fisheries management.

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.pdf icon February 11, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meetings are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after being adopted at the following meeting which would be February 25th, 2016.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2).

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$52,478.52 was the Expense of Scada for Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road Community Water System

We asked through freedom of information for invoice amounts for the cost of Scada (automated controls and software) for the community water system at Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road, as well as the invoice amounts to install Scada for Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road, and this is what RDCO sent us:

Invoice Amounts for Scada at Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road

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It looks as though the cost for Scada was $54,046.84 but RDCO received a GST Rebate and that saved $1,568.34, bringing the cost down to $52,478.52 for Scada at Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road.  $4,222.41 in PST and GST taxes were paid for Scada.

There are 341 parcels in the Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road Community Water System service area.

$52,478.52 gross expense invoices for Scada divided by 341 parcels = $153.90 per parcel

$767.72 for 2015 Scada software renewal divided by 341 parcels = $2.25 per parcel

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Totals below are from adding up the amounts in the document above:

Total Net Amount $48,256.11

Total HST @12% = $5,790.73

Total of Subtotal = $54,046.84

Total GST = $2,412.81

Total of GST Rebate $1,568.34

Total Gross Expense $52,478.52 (out by 2 cents if you take the Subtotal and minus the GST Rebate)

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.pdf icon November 23, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

July – September Program & Service Update

The Regional Board has received an update on program and service accomplishments during the third quarter of the year. These include receipt of a Small Communities Fund grant of $1.9-million for upgrades to the Killiney Beach water system; the creation of two new composting instructional videos by the Regional Waste Reduction Office; two national awards for the Economic Development Commission; a clean GST audit report and the start of preparations for the 2016 budget process. Potential deficits have been identified and staff is working to mitigate in the areas of Electoral Area Planning, Economic Development and the Dietrich/Trepanier water system. The Regional District provided staff along with other local government partners during three activations of the Emergency Operations Centre for the Joe Rich/Huckleberry fire, the Bear Creek fire and the Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire. After nine months, the Dog Control service has 20,700 licensed dogs (19,815 from Jan. - Sept. 2014). In Planning, Service Agreements for Fringe Area Planning have been endorsed between the Regional District and four member municipalities. In Parks Services, three draft management plans are being developed; a new Cottonwoods pedestrian bridge has been installed over Mission Creek and a community consultation survey was conducted on possible infrastructure upgrades for the Fintry Community Park – Lake Access #3.

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.pdf icon November 23, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1 Third Quarter Work Plan And Budget Variance Report

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Purpose: To provide the Board with third quarter year-to-date information pertaining to the 2015 work plan and budget variance report.

Executive Summary:
We are pleased to present the 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report to September 30th, 2015. You will notice a new graphic system in this report that uses traffic light icons to indicate the work plan / budget variance status for each service provided by the RDCO:

Red Light - indicates work plan and/or budget targets not met
Yellow Light - indicates potential or minor variances expected
Green Light - indicates work plan and budget targets are tracking well and are expected to be met

As of September 30th all work plans and service revenues / expenses are within anticipated budget parameters, with the following exceptions:

Function Description Deficit
1. 111 - Electoral Area Planning • Potential deficit due to unanticipated $? leqal expenses
2. 120 - Economic Development • New Economic Development Officer $25,000 and new programming
3. 306 - Trepanier Bench Water • Potential deficit anticipated due to $? unexpected operational costs

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Board receive this report for information.

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.pdf icon November 23, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. FINANCIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

8.1 2015 - 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 17, 2015 outlined the 3rd quarter work plan and budget variance to September 30, 2015.

The Administrator reviewed the report. Three exceptions were highlighted:
• Potential deficit in legal expenses for electoral area planning due to unforeseen legal expenses;
• Projected deficit for Economic Development Commission - due to a reduction in revenue and staff benefit payout. It was noted that when end of employment occurs funds for vacation, sick time are paid out and are not budgeted in the current budget.
• Unexpected operating expenses for maintenance at the Trepanier Bench Water system.

The question was raised how deficits covered.
o If expenses for the service are higher than revenue at the end of the year, it may require additional taxation in the next year to cover a deficit.
o As legal expenses for dog control are higher than anticipated, how will this be covered? It is anticipated the additional revenue for licensing, and reduction of expenditure will cover the deficit. The question was raised if a legal reserve for dog control should be established. Staff noted this can be reviewed at budget.
o How will a deficit in legal fees in electoral area planning be covered? Currently this will be borne by the entire Board as all partners participate in electoral area planning?

BASRAN/DEHART
THAT the 2015 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance report be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon November 12, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Water Rates and System Bylaws

The Regional Board has adopted individual bylaws for each of its six water systems which outline increases and restructuring of basic fees and consumption rates. The new rates take effect January 1st and are designed to encourage conservation and be more equitable for low and medium water users. They will also generate sufficient revenues to cover the full operating costs of providing service and will help keep each system financially sustainable. Water customers provided feedback on the new rates during open houses last spring.

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.pdf icon November 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.2 Regulations Bylaw And RDCO Water System Fees And Charges Bylaws

.pdf icon Item 5.2A Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No 1370

.pdf icon Item 7.1 2015 2019 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw (Westshore)

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Item 5.2 Regulations Bylaw And RDCO Water System Fees And Charges Bylaws

Purpose: To give 2nd, 3rd readings and adopt bylaws regulating and managing water systems and establishing fees and charges for RDCO systems located within the electoral areas.

Executive Summary:
At the Regional Board Meeting held on October 26, 2015 RDCO Water Systems Regulation Bylaw No. 1370 and six water system fees and charges bylaws (1371,1372,1373,1374,1375, & 1376) were read for the first time. Discussion ensued, and second and third readings and adoption were deferred to the next Board meeting, so as to provide Directors with additional
time to review and consider the proposed bylaws.

The original Board report is attached hereto. The report provides reasoning for repealing the current bylaw and establishing new bylaws, and an explanation of the financial impact to the property owners once the new fees and charges take effect.

RECOMMENDATION #1:
THAT the Regional District of Central Okanagan Water System Regulations Bylaw No. 1370 be given second and third readings and adopted;

RECOMMENDATION #2
THAT the following Regional District of Central Okanagan Water System Fees and Charges Bylaws be given second and third readings and adopted:
• Killiney Beach Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1371
• Falcon Ridge Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1372
• Sunset Ranch Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1373
• Dietrich Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1374
• Westshore Estates Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1375
• Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, and Valley of the Sun Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1376

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Item 5.2A Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No 1370

REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL OKANAGAN
BYLAW NO. 1370
A bylaw providing for regulating and managing the Water systems of the Regional District of Central Okanagan located within Electoral Areas East and West.

"turn off' means the closing of the shut-off valve located in a standpipe at or near where the water service connection crosses the properly line.

4, Call-Out Service Fees:
a) Water Service turn on or turn off (by appointment only) $150.00
b) After Hours Water Service turn-on or turn-off $300.00

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Item 7.1 2015 2019 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw

Purpose:
To amend the Regional District of Central Okanagan 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1356, 2015 (original versions attached to report).

Executive Summary:
The Amending Bylaw on the agenda shows the proposed changes to the budget. This item was discussed at and deferred from the October 26, 2015 Board Meeting.
307 - Westshores Water System - Reservoirs Capital Project
Amended reservoir project. Addition of second reservoir. Increase in costs from $318k to $848k. Currently funding is coming from reserves. Staff will be reviewing the possible use of Community Works Funding during the 2016 Budget process. Staff will also be seeking approval at the December 7th meeting to proceed with the project in Q1 of 2016 in order to bundle area water projects to try to gain economies of scale and attract competitive bids and potential savings.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional District of Central Okanagan 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw 1XXX, 2015 be given 1st, 2nd, 3rd reading and adopted.

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5.2 Regulations Bylaw and Water System Fees and Charges Bylaws for Regional District Owned Water Systems - Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West

Staff report dated November 4, 2015 outlined that first reading was provided at the Board's October 26th meeting so as to provide the Directors with additional time to review the consider the proposed water bylaws. The question on who
votes on the bylaws was raised. The Administrator stated as per the Local Government Act Section 791 (11), when "only one director would be entitled to vote, each director who is present (a) is entitled to vote, and (b) has one vote."
Director Carson requested a copy of the legal opinion which staff will provide.

a) RDCO Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No. 1370, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/STACK
THAT RDCO Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No. 1370 be given second and third readings and adopted.

CARRIED (Opposed: Carson/Hanson)

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7. FINANCIAL SERVICES

7.1 RDCO 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1380, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 27, 2015 outlined the amendment required to fund the Westshores Water System - Reservoirs Capital Project. The addition of a second reservoir will increase costs from the projected $318k to $848K, funding coming from reserves. Staff will be reviewing the possible use of Community Works Funding in 2016 to reduce costs for this project.

The reservoirs have always been on the 20-year asset renewal plan. The design dollars have been able to be stretched because there is a significant project in Westshore. Staff believes the cost of the second reservoir will be reduced by
including it in the proposed larger project underway in 2016.

BAKER/STACK
THAT RDCO 2015-2019 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1380,2015 be given first, second and third readings and adopted.

CARRIED (Opposed Carson/Hanson)

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RDCO Water Rate Calculator

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BASE RATE m AMOUNT NOT SHOWING ON WATER UTILITY BILL

Have you noticed that for the base rate, your water utility bill only shows the base rate dollar amount and not the m amount?  Wonder why the base rate m amount is not shown on the water utility bill?

We called RDCO (Chris Radford) and left a message on his answering machine asking to show the base rate m amount on the Water Utility bill.

AND DID YOU KNOW THAT THE NEW WATER RATES WILL HAVE YOU PAYING THE FOLLOWING (IN TABLE BELOW) UNDER OPTION 3 WHICH WAS CHOSEN BY RDCO BOARD MEMBERS OTHER THAN THE TWO ELECTORAL AREA DIRECTORS WHO ARE PAYING FOR THE WATER?  YES BOTH ELECTORAL AREA DIRECTORS VOTED NO TO THE WATER SYSTEM USER FEE INCREASES, BUT THE REST OF THE BOARD MEMBERS (West Kelowna, Peachland, City of Kelowna, Lake Country) VOTED IN FAVOUR OF GOUGING THE TWO ELECTORAL AREA'S, WHEN THEY DON'T PAY FOR THE WATER!!!!!!

Pretty funny how Upper Fintry pays almost the same as Star Place for 400 m3 ... I really wonder how RDCO's rate calculator comes up with the figures cause the 400 m3 amount for Upper Fintry doesn't seem right.

2015 Basic Fee $106.12

Below are the basic fees under option 3 using RDCO`s Rate Estimator Calculator starting Jan 1, 2016

WATER SYSTEM according to
RDCO's Water Rate Estimator Calculator

OPTION 3 for 25 m Quarterly
according to
RDCO's Water Rate Estimator Calculator

OPTION 3 for 50 m Quarterly
Westshore Estates Consumption Charge $12.50
Basic Fee $137.50
Asset Renewal Fee $145.50
Total Quarterly Water Charges $295.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,182
Consumption Charge $29.00
Basic Fee $137.50
Asset Renewal Fee $145.50
Total Quarterly Water Charges $312.00
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,248
Killiney Beach Consumption Charge $12.50
Basic Fee $116.50
Asset Renewal Fee $164.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $293.25
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,173
Consumption Charge $29.00
Basic Fee $116.50
Asset Renewal Fee $164.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $309.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,239
Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road

(2015 Basic Fee $106.12)

Consumption Charge $27.50
Basic Fee $172.50
Asset Renewal Fee $50.00
Total Quarterly Water Charges $250.00
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,000
Consumption Charge $60.00
Basic Fee $172.50
Asset Renewal Fee $50.00
Total Quarterly Water Charges $282.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,130
Falcon Ridge Consumption Charge $10.00
Basic Fee $137.00
Asset Renewal Fee $114.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $261.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,047
Consumption Charge $23.00
Basic Fee $137.00
Asset Renewal Fee $114.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $274.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $,1099
Sunset Ranch Consumption Charge $6.25
Basic Fee $95.75
Asset Renewal Fee $54.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $156.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $627
Consumption Charge $14.50
Basic Fee $95.75
Asset Renewal Fee $54.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $165.00
Total Yearly Water Charges $660
Star Place Consumption Charge $12.50
Basic Fee $403.00
Asset Renewal Fee $189.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $604.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $2,419
Consumption Charge $29.00
Basic Fee $403.00
Asset Renewal Fee $189.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $621.25
Total Yearly Water Charges $2,485

 

WATER SYSTEM according to
RDCO's Water Rate Estimator Calculator

OPTION 3 for 75 m Quarterly
according to
RDCO's Water Rate Estimator Calculator

OPTION 3 for 95 m Quarterly
Westshore Estates Consumption Charge $46.50
Basic Fee $137.50
Asset Renewal Fee $145.50
Total Quarterly Water Charges $329.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,318
Consumption Charge $62.25
Basic Fee $137.50
Asset Renewal Fee $145.50
Total Quarterly Water Charges $345.25
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,381
Killiney Beach Consumption Charge $46.50
Basic Fee $116.50
Asset Renewal Fee $164.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $327.25
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,309
Consumption Charge $62.25
Basic Fee $116.50
Asset Renewal Fee $164.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $343.00
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,372
Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road

(2015 Basic Fee $106.12)

Consumption Charge $93.75
Basic Fee $172.50
Asset Renewal Fee $50.00
Total Quarterly Water Charges $316.25
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,265
Consumption Charge $124.00
Basic Fee $172.50
Asset Renewal Fee $50.00
Total Quarterly Water Charges $346.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,386
Falcon Ridge Consumption Charge $36.75
Basic Fee $137.00
Asset Renewal Fee $114.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $288.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,154
Consumption Charge $49.00
Basic Fee $137.00
Asset Renewal Fee $114.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $300.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,203
Sunset Ranch Consumption Charge $23.25
Basic Fee $95.75
Asset Renewal Fee $54.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $173.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $695
Consumption Charge $31.25
Basic Fee $95.75
Asset Renewal Fee $54.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $181.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $727
Star Place Consumption Charge $46.50
Basic Fee $403.00
Asset Renewal Fee $189.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $638.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $2,555
Consumption Charge $62.25
Basic Fee $403.00
Asset Renewal Fee $189.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $654.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $2,618

 

WATER SYSTEM according to
RDCO's Water Rate Estimator Calculator

OPTION 3 for 100 m Quarterly
according to
RDCO's Water Rate Estimator Calculator

OPTION 3 for 200 m Quarterly
Westshore Estates Consumption Charge $67.50
Basic Fee $137.50
Asset Renewal Fee $145.50
Total Quarterly Water Charges $350.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,402
Consumption Charge $172.50
Basic Fee $137.50
Asset Renewal Fee $145.50
Total Quarterly Water Charges $455.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,822
Killiney Beach Consumption Charge $67.50
Basic Fee $116.50
Asset Renewal Fee $164.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $348.25
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,393
Consumption Charge $172.50
Basic Fee $116.50
Asset Renewal Fee $164.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $453.25
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,813
Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road

(2015 Basic Fee $106.12)

Consumption Charge $134.00
Basic Fee $172.50
Asset Renewal Fee $50.00
Total Quarterly Water Charges $356.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,426
Consumption Charge $334.00
Basic Fee $172.50
Asset Renewal Fee $50.00
Total Quarterly Water Charges $556.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $2,226
Falcon Ridge Consumption Charge $53.00
Basic Fee $137.00
Asset Renewal Fee $114.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $304.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,219
Consumption Charge $133.00
Basic Fee $137.00
Asset Renewal Fee $114.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $384.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,539
Sunset Ranch Consumption Charge $34.00
Basic Fee $95.75
Asset Renewal Fee $54.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $184.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $738
Consumption Charge $89.00
Basic Fee $95.75
Asset Renewal Fee $54.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $239.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $958
Star Place Consumption Charge $67.50
Basic Fee $403.00
Asset Renewal Fee $189.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $659.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $2,639
Consumption Charge $172.50
Basic Fee $403.00
Asset Renewal Fee $189.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $764.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $3,059

 

WATER SYSTEM according to
RDCO's Water Rate Estimator Calculator

OPTION 3 for 300 m Quarterly
according to
RDCO's Water Rate Estimator Calculator

OPTION 3 for 400 m Quarterly
Westshore Estates Consumption Charge $372.50
Basic Fee $137.50
Asset Renewal Fee $145.50
Total Quarterly Water Charges $655.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $2,622
Consumption Charge $572.50
Basic Fee $137.50
Asset Renewal Fee $145.50
Total Quarterly Water Charges $855.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $3,422
Killiney Beach Consumption Charge$372.50
Basic Fee$116.50
Asset Renewal Fee$164.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $653.25
Total Yearly Water Charges $2,613
Consumption Charge $572.50
Basic Fee $116.50
Asset Renewal Fee $164.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $853.25
Total Yearly Water Charges $3,413
Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road Consumption Charge $634.00
Basic Fee $172.50
Asset Renewal Fee $50.00
Total Quarterly Water Charges $856.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $3,426
Consumption Charge $934.00
Basic Fee $172.50
Asset Renewal Fee $50.00
Total Quarterly Water Charges $1,156.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $4,626
Falcon Ridge Consumption Charge $333.00
Basic Fee $137.00
Asset Renewal Fee $114.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $584.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $2,339
Consumption Charge $533.00
Basic Fee $137.00
Asset Renewal Fee $114.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $784.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $3,139
Sunset Ranch Consumption Charge $289.00
Basic Fee $95.75
Asset Renewal Fee $54.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $439.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $1,758
Consumption Charge $489.00
Basic Fee $95.75
Asset Renewal Fee $54.75
Total Quarterly Water Charges $639.50
Total Yearly Water Charges $2,558
Star Place Consumption Charge $372.50
Basic Fee $403.00
Asset Renewal Fee $189.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $964.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $3,859
Consumption Charge $572.50
Basic Fee $403.00
Asset Renewal Fee $189.25
Total Quarterly Water Charges $1,164.75
Total Yearly Water Charges $4,659

A single person water user with a small raised garden and a few flowers watered mostly by hand, newer front load low water flow washing machine, newer dishwasher that is only turned on when full, low flow shower head with a turn off switch that is used, and a dual flush toilet and bidet that is used to pee in to save water, no lawn to water, rv kitchen sink, between July 1, 2015 and September 30, 2015 61.71 m of water was used.  There were no daily showers.

If there were no daily showers and there were 4 people with the same as above, that would be 246.84 m used per quarter.  Not everyone has low flow appliances.  What these rates do is promote throwing things out, like the toilet, the washing machine, never having a bath and just having showers, ditching anything natural in our yards, etc.  It doesn't matter where the water is used or not used, its still water that rotates through the weather system, the ground, etc.  So really, people using the water, doesn't make water disappear like Cities want you to believe so they can gouge you and make up some story that water is disappearing.  Cities are so full of it!!!  Drought is a natural process!!!  Cities think they can alter the natural process by feeding you a bullshit line so they can take your money and spend it any way they like to.  Water is free and there is no way in hell that using 400 m to fill up your pool should cost so much.  Its thousands of dollars per year to use free water .. this a load of crap.  Cities don't want to show you where they spent the money cause then you would really be bitching.  There are some things you are better off not knowing about, EH!!!

Nobody take a shower and everyone show up at the Nov 12, 2015 RDCO Board meeting stinking and see how the room smells then LOL!!!

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SEVERAL REASON'S WHY RDCO'S WATER RATES ARE OUT OF LINE WITH REALITY

1. Justin Trudeau's election announced an Historic Infrastructure Investment Plan

2. The poorest of the poor need to be able to afford the infrastructure, or more rentals will be needed.

3.  Water is free, so using the water shouldn't cost as much as building the infrastructure.  The User Fees are way out of line.

4. Interest rates for new investment are at historic lows.

5. Our current infrastructure is aging.

6. Our area is in immediate need of a boost in economic growth.

7. Each year over the next decade, the Federal Government will steadily increase federal infrastructure investment. At full implementation, this will represent an annual additional investment of $9.5 billion per year. This will almost double federal infrastructure investment to nearly $125 billion – from $65 billion – over ten years, which will be the largest new investment in infrastructure in Canadian history.

8. A Liberal government will also develop bilateral agreements with the provinces and territories, which will be similar to those created for the successful gas tax transfer to cities and communities. We will not only significantly increase the scale of federal infrastructure investment; our plan will provide provinces, territories, and municipalities with an unprecedented level of long-term predictability in funding, as well. This will be done in full respect of provincial jurisdiction.

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“To get infrastructure right, Canada
needs to be investing in the right infrastructure in the right places and
this means focusing on infrastructure that serves economic ends such as
transportation systems and core services such as water and sanitation”
- CANADA WEST FOUNDATION

The Liberal plan would start with $5.1 billion in new infrastructure spending in 2016-2017 — $1.7 billion for public transit; $1.7 billion for social infrastructure, such as affordable housing and child care; and $1.7 billion for green infrastructure, such as clean energy projects and water and wastewater facilities.  It would nearly double federal infrastructure spending over the next decade to $125 billion from $65 billion. Source - Toronto Sun

Valley of the Sun/Upper Fintry/Shalal Road weren't the smartest to believe everything our past Director told them.  We heard someone in the Community say that this would be the last chance Valley of the Sun would have to build a community water system.  Who told this person that, our past Director?  One person told us that they can't afford the proposed community water system and will have to sell their home.  So why would this person vote yes to the community water system we asked .. its because we need water we were told.  Some of the reasons were ridiculous.  Valley of the Sun/Upper Fintry/Shalal Road has a brand new community water system, and will be paying through the nose for their brand new community water system with little in grant money, while older and newer water systems will be getting more in grants.  We are so disappointed in Valley of the Sun/Upper Fintry/Shalal Road because now would have been the time to build the new community water system, not prior.

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Water rates create a stir
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Nov 1, 2015

The prospect of higher water rates has the North Westside’s director fuming.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan board has given first reading to proposed increases for basic fees and consumption rates for its six water utilities, including Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates and Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun.

“I’m very concerned and upset with how the community is being handled,” said director Wayne Carson. “I didn’t support the rate increases.”

Carson says RDCO is using asset renewal funds to cover utility operational losses despite residents being told that wouldn’t occur.

“I wasn’t informed at any time that they were doing this. There has been no operational information given to my community.”

Carson also objects to the entire board voting on water rates because the process has previously only involved the directors from the two electoral areas where the utilities are located.

For Killiney Beach, the proposed annual user fee could be $466, while it could be $550 for Westshore and $690 for the Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun utility.

Consumption fees could also increase.

“For the two oldest systems, Killiney and Westshore, it works out that an average water user will spend around $100 a month for water with the new fees,” said Bruce Smith, RDCO communications officer.

“It’s slightly less for Upper Fintry, Shalal and Valley of the Sun, which is a new water system, so has a lower asset management fee.”

Asset management fees remain unchanged — $657 annually for Killiney Beach, $582 for Westshore and $200 for Upper Fintry.

“The main reason for the new rates is to make them more equitable for people who use less water and so that high and extreme users pay more for their excess water use,” said Smith.

“It will also help to ensure these two fees fully fund the cost of operating each distinct water system. We’ve had several meetings with residents over the past four years to discuss water rates and the desire to fully fund operational costs from the user and consumption fees.”

Smith admits the asset management fund has been used to cover operational shortfalls.

“That has not been the intent of the asset management fee, which is in place to collect reserve funds for future infrastructure replacement in each water system,” he said.

Carson says North Westside residents are concerned about water rates.

“I have people calling me in tears. They are pulling out trees and gardens because they can’t afford to water them,” he said.

While further action on the rates bylaws have been postponed until Nov. 12, Carson expects the majority of the board will go along with staff.

“I assume I will be outvoted,” he said.

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/338964841.html

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.pdf icon October 26, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Proposed Water Rates and System Bylaws
The Regional Board has given first reading to individual bylaws for each of its six water systems and proposed increases for basic fees and consumption rates. Water customers provided feedback on the new rates during open houses last spring. The new rates, if approved, would take effect January 1st and are designed to encourage conservation and be more equitable for low and medium water users. They will also generate sufficient revenues to cover the full operating costs of providing service and will help keep each system financially sustainable.

New Westshore Water Reservoirs Proposed
The Regional Board has received a report proposing a capital budget increase to allow construction of two new replacement reservoirs for the Westshore water system. The new reservoirs would be easier to maintain while ensuring fire flows and peak flow capacity. By constructing both reservoirs at the same time as the Killiney Beach water system upgrade project is done, the project size and value will be maximized and should result in more competitive pricing and possible cost savings. Community Works Funding will be considered for this project in 2016.

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.pdf icon October 26, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.5 Regulations Bylaw And Water System Fees And Charges Bylaws

.pdf icon Item 6.5A RDCO Water Systems Regulations Bylaw

.pdf icon Item 6.5B RDCO Water Systems Fees And Charges Bylaws

.pdf icon Item 6.8 Westshore Water System Reservoir Capital Project

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.pdf icon Item 7.6 2016 2020 Financial Plan Request Items For Preliminary Discussion

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Item 6.5 Regulations Bylaw And Water System Fees And Charges Bylaws (page 5)

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Item 6.5 Regulations Bylaw And Water System Fees And Charges Bylaws (page 9)
RDCO Water Systems Map 2015

 

Item 6.5A RDCO Water Systems Regulations Bylaw (page 16)
NEW 12 TURN OFF OR DISCONNECTION
12.1 Applications for turning off or disconnecting the supply of water from the water service connection shall be made in writing to the Regional District and shall be accompanied by the fee set out in Schedule "A" of this Bylaw. (page 7)

4. Call-Out Service Fees:
a) Water Service turn on or turn off (by appointment only) $150.00

Item 6.8 Westshore Water System Reservoir Capital Project
Purpose: To provide a justification for the Westshore Water System budget amendment.
Executive Summary:
The Regional District of Central Okanagan 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan currently identifies $318,000 for reservoir improvements in the Westshore Water System in 2016. Staff is recommending increasing the budget to $848,000 in order to build two new reservoirs The new reservoirs will replace the two existing reservoirs that service the entire Westshore Water System.

Item 7.1 RDCO 2015 2019 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw
Purpose: To amend the Regional District of Central Okanagan 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1356, 2015 (original versions attached to report).
Executive Summary:
The Amending Bylaw on the agenda shows the proposed changes to the budget.
301 - Killiney Beach Water System - Capital Project Distribution Improvements Build Canada Grant of $1,900,666 has been approved. Changed project timing and costs slightly. Staff will be seeking approval in December to proceed with project in Q1 of 2016.
307 - Westshores Water System - Reservoirs Capital Project Amended reservoir project. Addition of second reservoir. Increase in costs from $318k to $848k. Currently funding is coming from reserves. Staff will be seeking approval in December to proceed with the project in Q1 of 2016, and will be reviewing the possible use of Community Works Funding during the 2016 Budget process.
022 - Joe Rich Volunteer Fire Department - Capital Project - Cisterns
Amendment is in accordance with the previous Board approval relating to a report from Community Services dated July 27, 2015 to use of an additional net $152,000 in Community Works Funding to fund additional costs for the cisterns project. The project budget has been increased accordingly.

Item 7.2 Information Report Q3 Purchase Commitments
Purpose:
As per section 4.6 of the Purchasing Policy approved on February 9th, 2012, a written
information report of all purchase commitments exceeding $100,000 shall be provided to the Board every quarter.
Background:
Those purchase commitments exceeding $100,000 made during 3Q 2015 were as follows:
Design & Engineering for Killiney Beach & Westshore Estates Water Systems (Rem R15-230) - Contract Awarded to Agua Consulting Inc. - $140,123

Item 7.6 2016 2020 Financial Plan Request Items For Preliminary Discussion
Environmental Services:
Vehicle Operations
- Review replacement and option for Service Truck $150k (capital reserves, 5 year financing for approx. $70k, sale of old vehicle $20k)
Water Systems:
Operating: Implementation of proposed new fee bylaws. Increased transfers to reserves.
Capital:
  - 301 - Killiney Beach: Capital $2.8M Distribution System Improvement includes Grant Funding
  - 303 - Falcon Ridge: Capital carry all unused $'s forward from 2015 additional $93k Gas Tax
            Funding pending board approval, new reservoir construction in 2017 $530k
  - 307 - Westshore: Capital: $800k for Distribution System Improvement, using reserves

Capital Projects - funded by Electoral Area Central Okanagan West Gas Tax Funds, transfers to capital and reserves.
• Fintry Community Parks - Park Infrastructure Installation (table, swim float) boat launch area markers, etc.) (Carry Forward from 2015) $15.2k
• Killiney Beach Park - Park Improvements (swim float, picnic table) dog swim beach trial area, etc.) (Carry Forward from 2015) $15.2k
• Westshore Estates Community Park - Park Improvements (Gazebo/Band Shelter, Landscaping of Natural Area, etc.) $76.1k
• Killiney Beach Park - Access Road Improvements $76.2k
• Wilson's Landing - Proposed Community Boat Launch $60.9k

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.pdf icon October 26, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Environmental

6.5 Regulations Bylaw and Water System Fees and Charges Bylaws for Regional District Owned Water Systems - Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West

Staff report dated October 19, 2015 outlined the changes proposed to the six water systems in the two electoral areas. Open houses were held earlier in the year to inform area residents of the proposed changes-the Open Houses were well attended. One regulatory and six individual water system bylaws have been developed. Staff noted that there are separate fee structures for each water system.

Staff provided an overview of why the rates were reviewed and why they need to increase. Overall, the current operating revenue is not sufficient to fund operating costs. Each system is financially independent and must be self sustaining.
Asset renewal was not under review for the current study, only active customers. The current user fees collected are not meeting the operating costs. In the past, any shortfall has been made up by the asset renewal and that is not the intent of asset renewal. This means that undeveloped parcels have been subsidizing active users.

Objectives of the rate structure review included:
- Financial accountability
    o Operation and maintenance costs to be fully funded by users
- Encourage conservation
    o Promote conservation and the value of water
- Equitably funded
    o Rates should be equitable and defensible

Open houses were well attended in the communities. Residents had the opportunity to come out and offer comments. The numbers in the report presented today were presented at the open houses. Staff are recommending option 3 as it gives the best financial accountability, promotes conservation and is equitable amongst the customers. It was noted that the rates for Sunset Ranch and Upper Fintry have been reduced due to new growth since June.

There is a base fee as part of the user fee represented by 80% for fixed costs.
The other 20% is focusing on the consumption side. Since 2010, RDCO is making every effort to meter to find out what is being used. Staff are seeing a downward trend in consumption since metering began.

Increasing rates for water is not unique to the Central Okanagan, many local governments are in the process of raising water rates. BC Water & Waste Association in 2015 assessed water rates in BC to determine if rates are recovering full costs of the service. The study showed in BC the majority of local governments do not generate sufficient revenues from fees to pay for the full cost of providing services. Half of municipality water rates need to increase by 125% or more to cover true costs.

In discussion it was noted:
- Conservation can create a disconnect as operating costs remain the same but revenue may fall due to conservation. Staff have analysed each of the operations and that is why option 3 is recommended. Option 3 will capture the fixed costs. Financial risk will be avoided through this rate structure.
- Staff are confident moving forward with this direction and meeting current upgrades (ie:leakage). Annual reviews will be done.
- There are more vacant parcels contributing to the asset renewal than active users. Vacant parcels do not contribute to user fees.
- Rates are not unlike other municipal rates.
- Operating costs are what they are and must be met by the users.
- Open houses clearly stated rates were to increase. They were well attended.
- Staff reviewed the consultation process: it has been extensive; all information presented today was presented through newsletters, justification why review taking place; development of material explaining justification was put on website including a rate calculator; after that six open houses were held and well attended, over 100 participants as well as feedback received; staff followed up on residents who had more questions.

- Concern noted that asset renewal was used to cover operating costs. That is the exact reason why rate increases are required.
- Rate increases were done in 2012 but they do not cover the current operating costs.
- Small water systems are expensive. Each system has to be self-funding.
- Water quality is important to all citizens receiving water. Local governments have a duty to produce clean, high quality water and that means investment in systems.

- The CAO provided an overview of the legal opinion received regarding voting on this matter. Under the Local Government Act if only one director is allowed to vote, 791 (11) the full Board is required to vote on an issue.

- An option is to give first reading to the bylaws which would provide the electoral area directors time to continue review of the Board report.
- The bylaws will come forward for further readings and adoption at the November 12th Board meeting.

a) RDCO Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No. 1370, 2015, 1st reading, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FINDLATER/BASRAN
THAT RDCO Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No. 1370, 2015 be given first reading this 26th day of October 2015.

CARRIED (opposed Carson/Hanson)

b) RDCO Water System Fees and Charges Bylaws, 1st reading, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

• Killiney Beach Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1371
• Falcon Ridge Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1372
• Sunset Ranch Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1373
• Dietrich Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1374
• Westshore Estates Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1375
• Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, and Valley of the Sun Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1376

FINDLATER/BAKER
THAT Killiney Beach Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1371 be given first reading this 26th day of October, 2015;
THAT Falcon Ridge Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1372 be given first reading this 26th day of October, 2015;
THAT Sunset Ranch Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1373 be given first reading this 26th day of October, 2015;
THAT Dietrich Beach Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1374 be given first reading this 26th day of October, 2015;
THAT Westshore Estates Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1375 be given first reading this 26th day of October, 2015;
THAT Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, and Valley of the Sun Water System Fees & Charges Bylaw No. 1376 be given first reading this 26th day of October, 2015;

CARRIED (opposed Carson/Hanson)

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6.8 Westshore Water System - Reservoir Capital Project (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 19, 2015 outlined the background for increasing the Westshore Water System budget in order to building two new reservoirs. The new reservoirs will replace the two existing reservoirs that service the entire Westshore Water System. The current reservoirs are not able to be properly maintained and cleaned, corrosion ofthe construction material is thought to be negatively impacting water quality and leakage. New reservoirs will also ensure fire flow and peak capacity is met. The increase in project scope and budget will take advantage of the economies of scale from combining the Westshore reservoirs project with the improvement of the Killiney Beach Water System.

In 2015, it was originally anticipated to complete work on one reservoir. Staff noted it has been a struggle getting contractors to bid on small rural contracts.
Staff anticipate moving forward with projects such as this early in the year may increase the number of bids received. It is anticipated the increase in scope will qualify for water improvement community works grants. At this time staff need
to be assured the Board will support the project in order to move forward in Q1 in 2016.

BAKER/OPHUS
THAT the Regional Board receive the Westshore Water System - Reservoir Capital Project report for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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7. FINANCIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

7.1 RDCO 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1379, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 16, 2015 outlined the amendments to the 2015-2019 Financial Plan including:
• Change in project timing and costs - Killiney Beach Water System
• Amended reservoir project costs - Westshore Water System
• Addition of funds for the Joe Rich Fire Department Cisterns project

o The overall project was approved in July, but the budget amendment was not done at that time. The plan is to complete
the project in Q1 2016.
Director Carson requested further time to consider the amendment to 307 Westshore Water System; therefore, it was agreed by consensus to remove that amendment from the proposed bylaw. Staff will provide further information on the
benefits of the project to the Director and a further budget amendment will be brought forward to the November 12th Board meeting.

BAKER/FORTIN
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1379, as amended removing 307-Westshore Water System, be given first, second and third readings and adopted.

CARRIED Unanimously

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7.2 Information Report- Purchase Commitments >$100,000 during 3Q 2015 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 13, 2015 outlined as per the Purchasing Policy, the purchase commitments greater than $100,000 during the third quarter of 2015.

BASRAN/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board, as per section 4.6 of the RDCO Purchasing Policy, receive for information the report on the purchase commitments which exceeded $100,000 made during the third quarter, ending September 30, 2015.

CARRIED Unanimously

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7.6 2016 - 2020 Financial Plan Request Items for Preliminary Discussion - For Information Only (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 13, 2015 provided a preview of significant items and estimates for possible inclusion in the 2016-2020 Financial Plan. This is provided at this time for information and further direction, if required.
Staff is aiming for little to no requisition increases in the 2016 budget. This will be balanced with building reserves and sustainable asset management. Of note, most capital projects are funded through reserves.

The review of the fire prevention service will come forward Nov 12th

Regional Parks - there is a proposed increase in the number of operating projects. The whole picture needs to be looked at when surpluses or deficits are calculated. Putting dollars in reserves last year had a tax impact. There are staff increases proposed.

Okanagan Regional Library - projected cost reductions. The Library Board is reviewing percentage increases for electoral areas and WFN. A Board decision is likely in November. Their proposal is to use the population figures for the RDCO, not BC Statistics which are shown to be unfair.

BASRAN/DEHART
THAT the update on the 2016-2020 Financial Plan request items be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon August 24, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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.pdf icon August 24, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

10. DIRECTOR ITEMS

Director Carson noted that an unsightly premise house in the North Westside has had its signage removed. In addition, he noted that government funding has been announced for upgrades to the Killiney water systems.
There were no items requiring Board action.

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.pdf icon July 27, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Federal Gas Tax Community Works Funding

The Regional Board has authorized spending $152,000 in Federal Gas Tax Community Works funding for water improvement projects in the Joe Rich area. This funding will cover higher than expected costs in implementing improvements to the Joe Rich Community Hall/Fire Hall water system and Goudie Road Fire Hall water system.

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.pdf icon July 27, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

.pdf icon Item 8.2 Community Works Funding Approval Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

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Item 8.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

Purpose:
To amend the boundaries of three service areas and one specified area in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.

Executive Summary:
The service areas and specified area are located in the community of Ellison, directly east of and abutting, the boundary of the City of Kelowna. The mapping revisions are minor, three areas on the map are pre-empted by City of Kelowna boundary expansions and a fourth by an in-fill subdivision that was bisected by a service area boundary line.
The four amendment bylaws will not affect or change the purpose, intent, fees and charges, or level of service that are currently in effect for any of the services and are purely a matter of housekeeping.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board give 1st, 2nd, and 3rd readings to:
~ Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015
~ Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015
~ Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015
~ Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015

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Item 8.2 Community Works Funding Approval Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

Purpose:

To seek authorization from the Board to utilize the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund.

Executive Summary:
Federal Gas Tax Funds are provided to local governments across Canada to help fund their local infrastructure needs
The Gas Tax - Community Works Fund additional funding requirements associated with the Joe Rich water improvement project is:
• $ 152,000 for Central Okanagan East.

Currently the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund comprises of:
• $171,534 for Central Okanagan East, with an additional $165,352 to be received in 2015.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board authorizes $152,000 be approved for water quality and capacity system improvements in Central Okanagan East.

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.pdf icon July 27, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. NEW BUSINESS
8.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area
Staff report dated July 20, 2015 noted that four service areas which are located in the community of Ellison require amendments to the establishment bylaws in order to correct mapping by City of Kelowna previous boundary expansions and a fourth by an in-fill subdivision that was bisected by a service area boundary line.
The amendments will not affect or change the purpose, intent, fees and charges, or level of service that are currently in effect for any of the services and are purely a matter of housekeeping.

a) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015 be given first, second and third readings this 27'h day of July 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

b) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Byiaw No. 1359, 2015 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015 be given first, second and third reading this 27th day of July 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

c) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
FINDLATER/DEHART
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 be given first, second and third readings this 27th day of July 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

d) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vole)
GRAY/HANSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 be given first, second and third readings this 27th day of July 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

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8.2 Community Works Funding Approval - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated July 20, 2015 outlined the Community Works Funding planned for the Joe Rich water quality and capacity improvement project for the Joe Rich Fire Service Area and the Goudie Road Fire Hall water system. The question was raised why potable water standards must be met for this project. Staff will reconfirm Interior Health potable water regulations to determine if there is an alternate system which can be installed.

FINDLATER/CONDON
THAT the Regional Board authorizes $152,000 be approved for water quality and capacity system improvements in Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon July 16, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Information Open Houses Update

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Purpose: To summarize the results of five Information Open Houses that were recently held in the Joe Rich, Sunset Ranch, Ellison and North Westside communities.

Executive Summary:
The Regional District recently held five Information Open Houses to meet, engage with and receive feedback from Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Area residents in the North Westside, Ellison, Sunset Ranch and Joe Rich communities.
A total of 211 residents attended these Open Houses. Of those who attended, 48 completed a Comment Form (copy attached) to provide their feedback about the event. A detailed summary of the Comment Forms is also attached to this report for your information. Although the level of support varies between services, a general theme emerges from the summary that shows approximately 2/3rds of respondents were either supportive or neutral of RDCO services and 1/3rd being somewhat or very dissatisfied. These results provide important information about what we are doing well and where we have an opportunity to do better.
Not everyone left the Open House happy however, we can say that numerous attendees expressed their appreciation of the fact that we came to their community to discuss their issues face to face. It is encouraging to see that 75% of the Form responses thought the Open House was helpful in better understanding the variety of services RDCO provides.
Given the success of this community engagement process there appears to be value in holding future information Open Houses on a semi- or annual basis.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the the Regional Board receive for information the follow up report on five Information Open Houses held by the Regional District from June 2 to June 11, 2015.

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6. CORPORATE SERVICES

6.1 Regional District Information Open Houses Update (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated June 17, 2015 outlined the results of five information open houses that were held in the Joe Rich, Sunset Ranch, Ellison and North Westside communities. A total of 211 residents attended the open houses and 48 provided feedback about the event. It was noted that the area directors have requested a breakdown of costs for the open houses which staff are currently working on and will provide to the directors. It was suggested that consideration of any future open houses could be held in the area of Trader's Cove, Wilson's Landing, Brent Road, Trepanier.

STACK/SIEBEN
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the follow up report on five information open houses held by the Regional District from June 2 to June 11, 2015.

CARRIED Unanimously

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North Westside eyes governance
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Jun 24, 2015

North Westside residents are being urged to take pen to paper to push for governance changes.

The North Westside Communities Association currently has three petitions circulating that will be presented to the Regional District of Central Okanagan for consideration.

“People are tired that everything (taxes) goes up without any explanation of the reason,” said Bob Andrews, NWCA president.

One of the petitions calls for RDCO to initiate an incorporation study for the North Westside while the other petitions demand a stronger community voice and a review of water options.

About 100 people attended a recent town hall meeting to discuss the relationship with RDCO.

“The vast majority sitting there are unhappy with how money is spent and how our director gets outvoted every time,” said Andrews, adding that he believes it is difficult to obtain information from the regional district.

“People want to know the cost for an employee or the cost of power. They want to know if regional district staff are efficient.”

Wayne Carson, a long-time resident who has been North Westside director since November, isn’t surprised by the petition campaigns.

“People aren’t happy with conditions as they are. They want a voice in their local affairs,” he said.

“It all comes back to governance and authority over tax dollars.”

However, Carson won’t say if he supports municipal incorporation as a feasibility study is required to look at the pros and cons.

“You don’t jump off a cliff. There’s a process to follow,” he said.

RDCO officials attended the town hall meeting hosted by the NWCA.

“If was democracy in action. We heard a lot of concerns and it is good for us to engage directly with residents,” said Brian Reardon, chief administrative officer.

However, Reardon insists RDCO’s two rural directors (the other is Joe Rich/Ellison) have a voice at the board table.

“When you look at the resolutions, especially from January until now, I count 23 resolutions that area directors made or seconded that the board supported,” he said.

Some North Westside residents have suggested that the community should take direct control over the water system because of dissatisfaction with RDCO operations.

However, Reardon says there are few options for that to occur.

“It’s a regional district asset managed on their (residents) behalf. If the community wants direct control over the utility, they would have to incorporate,” he said.

Source: vernonmorningstar.com/news/309358601.html

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.pdf icon June 11, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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.pdf icon Item 7 Letter To Chair From North Westside Communities Association President

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May 14, 2015

To: Gail Given, Chair, Regional District Board of Directors, Central Okanagan
Wayne Carson, Regional Director, Central Okanagan West,

This letter is intended to bring to your attention a number of concerns that directly impact our community. The role of the North Westside Community Association is "Working with our members and our local government partners to provide services built by the community for the community." In this capacity, it Is our mandate to provide you with a list of community concerns in the expectation that you will forward them to Central Okanagan Regional District management with a directive to resolve them to the satisfaction of the community.

Our first issue is in regard to the new signs that have been placed on our Killiney Beach Fire Hall, the Shorts Creek Fire Hall, and the Fire Boat House.  The KB Fire Hall was built in large part by community monies and volunteer labor, with financial input from the RDCO for the final phases; the Shorts Creek Fire Hall was built with monies received through Ridgeview Developments and the labor of community volunteers; the Fire Boat House was built With partial funding from the community. The new signs featuring "Central Okanagan Regional District" with minimal acknowledgement of the participating community are misleading and an injustice to all those individuals who contributed to the building of these community assets. The Regional District must remove these signs Immediately and replace them with signs that properly acknowledge that these are community assets, and represent the strong sense of volunteerism that exists in Central Okanagan West. As an option, should the RDCO wish to purchase these buildings to make them true RDCO assets, then the proper steps must be taken.

The second issue is in regard to the condition of two of our community parks in the North-West area. At Killiney Beach the beach road is narrow, and covered with potholes which get larger and more numerous every year.
This road was last maintained approximately 10 years ago. The dust raised by passing vehicles is a major health
concern; during the summer, when the beach is heavily used by local residents and tourists daily, the dust levels are a constant irritant, making the experience of enjoying the beach or trying to picnic extremely difficult. In addition, hydro pole situated by the Fire Boat House simply doesn't belong on the beach. The BC Ministry of Environment informed the community over three months ago that the pole was to be removed, but to date nothing has happened. The taxes assessed in the Central Okanagan West for parks raise a substantial amount of money annually, so it is not unnatural that we feel that we should be receiving more Investment in local parks other than the basics of garbage disposal and some weeding. The community, through a Community Advisory Committee for Parks, submitted a list of projects to the RDCO prior to the budget process this spring, and yet the only item that appeared from that list in the 2015/2016 budget was an electrical hook-up for Westshores Community Park, something that was promised would be installed almost three years ago. There is no water fountain in Westshores Community Park, but there is a bright, shiny plaque that lauds the contributions of various levels of governments to the building of the park but omits the names of the community members who were the driving force behind the creation of the park.  There was no consultation with the community on the plaque or its' placement, and indeed it is situated in a location that could be dangerous to children running on the main grassy area. One more example of the blatant disregard of the RDCO for the contributions of the community to what the RDCO considers "their" assets.

Our third issue is the amount of $3,200 we are being charged for servicing the tax monies received for the Killiney Beach Community Hall. The involvement of the RDCO is minimal, consisting mainly of cutting one cheque each April for the tax revenues, reviewing the annual 5 year budget prior to the RDCO budgetary process each fall, and reviewing the annual financial stateme.nt at the end ofthe fiscal year. Our community voted for an additional assessment to be added to each property tax bill in order to support the general maintenance and capital investment for the community hall service area, not to add more tax dollars to the coffers of the RDCO.
If there is a reason for us to be charged what amounts to approximately 15% of the total tax monies collected, (and we have been told represents .01 of a person year), we require a complete accounting of where this money was spent, and a justification for Withholding these monies up front. If this accounting Is not forthcoming, the withheld amount is to be forwarded to the Community Association within a month of this letter.

We expect full accountability from the ROCO for the expenditures made with Central Okanagan West tax monies. We will be submitting a request to the Provincial Government for an independent forensic audit on where our communities' tax monies are being spent. We have carefully reviewed the Regional District Central Okanagan's 2015 Budget and Financial Plan (General Revenue Fund), and we suspect that our tax dollars are being disproportionately expended out of our local service area. It is very clear to us that there is a serious lack of local governance. The single voice of our elected representative is silenced by the majority on council, particularly when voting on issues that are strictly local to our area. The community has no say, and Is unable to exert any Influence on how our tax monies are being spent or on how our communities are being developed and maintained. The gross Increase in our local water bills over the past two years, and the lack of information from the RDCO on expenditures and future plans is a prime example of lack of consultation with the community on issues that affect all of us. Lack of community input prior to decisions for major expenditures is not acceptable.

Director Carson, you have been elected to represent our community, and we are cognizant of your desire to represent us and our concerns to the Board of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and the staff of the RDCO. A community meeting is, organized by the Board of the North Westside Community Association is planned at the Killiney Beach Community Hall on June 4, 2015 at 7 pm. We request that you join us at this meeting to answer our questions and provide feedback on our issues.

Thank you for your support of the Central Okanagan West and the North Westside Communities specifically.

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7. DIRECTOR ITEMS
a) Chair Given noted that a letter dated May 14, 2015 has been received from the North Westside Communities Association President regarding various community items in the North Westside and a request for an audit of the water system.

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the letter dated May 14, 2015 addressed to the Chair from the North Westside Communities Association be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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KEEPING SECRETS AGAIN

Why aren't we permitted to know this information at the link below?  Again the government is trying to keep people dumb so they can't complain.  We asked to be able to see the info, but were refused (without getting permission) and we all know we will not be granted permission.  This is our water system data and we aren't allowed to see it?  Think we should start a petition to release the information.

http://bcwaterusereporting.ca/

Lets bother them, and all ask if we can see the data until they let us?

We sent Anna Warwick Sears (OBWB Director) an email asking for the information to be released, since we are the ones paying for the water systems.  Her email address is Anna.Warwick.Sears "at" obwb.ca

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This study comes as the result of work done on the OBWB’s comprehensive Okanagan Water Supply and Demand Project, a three-year, $3 million project that looked at the valley’s water supply and found at least one piece of the puzzle missing… How much water is lost off Okanagan Lake through evaporation?

Initial estimates put lake evaporation at one metre per year. But the Okanagan is known to be a region with water supply challenges and estimates aren’t good enough when we are trying to effectively manage our water resources.

By determining how much water is lost to evaporation, the Okanagan will be in a better position to plan for these challenges, including drought.

The buoys have been placed in the middle of Okanagan Lake. One buoy is located approximately 4 km north of the Okanagan Centre boat launch in Lake Country, a second is in West Kelowna across from The Cove Resort, and a third is about 4.5 km north of the Summerland boat launch..

The buoys include a flashing light that emit five flashes in 15-second intervals.

http://www.obwb.ca/wsd/data/lake-evaporation

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FROM OBWB WEBSITE

Okanagan Summer Average water use is 1000 litres per person per day

see page 10 at this link

http://www.obwb.ca/wsd/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/OBWB_Local_Government_Guide_OWSD_Project.pdf

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UPDATE July 3, 2015

Trying to getting information from RDCO about Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road water system is like trying to extract teeth.

RDCO Finance Dept emailed us again with another document telling us to remove the email information that RDCO Finance sent to us earlier, or Finance won't email us anymore (we are blocked from emailing RDCO, but RDCO can email us).  So under duress we are forced to remove the email how it was originally written and just tell you about the content of the email in our own words.

We would prefer it if Finance would stop emailing us with only little bits of information and if Finance could post the information on RDCO's website for everyone to see, that would be awesome.  It is costing us too much in time phoning and checking each email and then phoning to ask for more information and trying to disseminate the information, and then asking more questions, as well as costing us too much in exorbitant wages for Finance to keep emailing us and everyone else little bits of information that would take forever to piece together, and to try and explain things so that we could understand.  It would be best if RDCO posted all the information to its website on the waters system webpage, and then people can ask questions, instead of the other way around.  This costs us too much in exorbitant wages and wastes Finances precious time.

How many emails does it take RDCO to inform us of how much our water system cost?  RDCO re-did their website design, and the websites directories, but it is still the same, nobody can find what they are looking for!!  Its a pretty bad joke!!!!

We did not want to remove RDCO Finance Managers email explanation for the following reasons:

1. We may not disseminate the information everyone is entitled to know, from the email correctly using our own words.

2. We don't want to accidently tell anyone the wrong thing by not completely understand what is said to us in an email.

3.  Its not our job to inform people, it is RDCO's job.

4. It costs too much for individuals to contact RDCO Finance Manager asking for the information.

5.  RDCO should make the water system information available to everyone on its website, because that is what RDCO's website is suppose to do, inform people.

so we just altered the wording to make it sound like us telling you what we were told

Finance told us the following:

RDCO Finance told us they can only provide information that they have in the format that they prepare as a regular course of business.

This phoning and emailing back and forth to ask for each piece of the puzzle is very daunting.  RDCO sure knows how to waste our time and how to make us pay for staff exorbitant wages, don't they?  Wonder how many enquiries RDCO received about water system finances and how much time staff took to reply to those enquiries?  We will have to go through foi to get the information, if we even get it then.  Why should RDCO email us anyway, when RDCO has blocked our emails, and we can't even reply to RDCO emails?  We think RDCO should snail mail us the information like we are forced to do with RDCO.  We are sure RDCO will come up with some excuse why RDCO Freedom of Information can't give out the water finance information through Freedom of Information even.  Maybe by making it prohibitively expensive for a senior or disabled person to get the info, and by saying there are no electronic records in the format we are requesting and that RDCO can only provide information they have in the format that they prepare as a regular course of business, as the Finance Manager told us in her email.  We have heard others say they can't get the information either.  We think this lack of transparency should be mentioned here, because nobody can seem to get the information they want, and others who don't know how hard it is to get the information should know how hard it is to get the information, in case they ever want to try and get information some day.   After all, if this is kept quiet, again RDCO gets away with what they do, especially if people don't know about it.  This is just another one of RDCO's way to keep people asking for information and not giving it out and wasting peoples time so they give up trying anymore in frustration.  We are sick of it.  This information should be on RDCO's website freely available to the public who pay for the water systems.  RDCO should not make everyone individually go to great lengths to find out about things we pay for!!!  People don't have time to deal with this bullshit, and if it takes so much time for RDCO to dig up the information individually as the Finance Manager stated to us in her email, this takes up staff resources so it costs us mega dollars worth of exorbitant wages.  RDCO should deal with it just one time instead of several times wasting our tax dollars.  We would love to see normal people who make a normal wage vote on RDCO staff wages instead of just Board Members.  RDCO should do a survey and ask normal people if they believe RDCO's wages are fair, or should they be reduced.

RDCO should ask a disabled person who gets a maximum $10,872 per year to live on, if the CAO who earns approx. $176,000 per year should be earning that much, or maybe ask a senior on a pension?  How can a senior or disabled person afford these exorbitant wage?  Even poor people have to be able to afford these exorbitant wages!!!  When the water rates go up, the disabled have to find the money out of the maximum amount of $906 that they may already get.  They may be getting the maximum, and have to reduce their living standards to pay for water rate increases, because they don't get a raise in rates to pay for increased water rates.  Have seniors received a rate increase lately so they can pay these water rate increases?  When was the last time seniors and the disabled got a rate increase?  Do they get one every year or two like the rates for water have been going up... not!!!!  Where do you think these people are going to get the money from .. thin air!!!  It is time politicians and Regional Districts understood that they work for everyone, and not just the rich!!!  They also work for the poor, and the poor can't afford these exorbitant wages or huge water rate increases!!!

In this latest document RDCO Finance sent us July 2, 2015, it shows a $33,600 grant under "transfer to equipment reserve" and not a $52,000 grant?  Where did the other $18,400 go?  Did it go to pave the transfer station road, like we think may have happened from things we read prior?  How much money went to pave the transfer station road?

RDCO Finance Manager told us in an July 2, 2015 email the following:

At the time the original 2012 budget was prepared, the amount was estimated to be $67,500 and that was reflected in the budget.

The Board approves use of community works funds via a special report to the Board.

On Jan 23, 2012, the Board actually approved $37,000, then July 23, 2012, they approved $26,500 (Total of $63,500).

Nov 26th they approved an additional $52,000, bringing the total to $115,500.

She said she previously sent us information (and attached to the email) showing a budget amendment that was on the same agenda Nov 26th, that was approved to show the $115,500 Total.

.pdf icon Attached to the email was this document

SHOULD IT BE NORMAL FOR PEOPLE TO PAY A WATER BILL THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WENT TO PAY FOR?  WHEN WE GET A TELUS BILL IT LISTS PHONE CALLS AND HOW LONG WE TALKED AND THE NUMBER WE CALLED, AND IF IT WAS LONG DISTANCE, ETC.  WE WANT TO SEE THE FINANCIALS ON A SPREADSHEET TYPE BILL TO PAY, SO WE CAN SEE WHAT WE ARE PAYING FOR.   WE DON'T WANT TO SEE JUST WHAT RDCO WANTS TO SHOW US.  RDCO KNOWS WHAT WE WANT TO SEE, THEY JUST ARE NOT PREPARED TO GRANT US OUR WISHES!!!

We phoned RDCO Finance manager and Water Manager when the Finance manager did not answer, to ask about the grants for Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road water system.  They both replied by email shown below.  They didn't mention anything about the $52,000 grant for Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road community water system so we asked RDCO Finance manager, because we do not see where these grants went in the budget sheets, and we also wanted to see a print out of all the revenue and expense, interest earned, etc. of Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road water system, but it seems the Finance Manager does not remember anything about the $52,000 despite it saying in the:

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.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

.pdf icon Item 9.1 Central Okanagan West Community Works Gas Tax Fund (Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road)

.pdf icon Item 9.2 Sunset Ranch Water And Sanitary Sewer Utilities Ownership

.pdf icon Item 10.1 2012-2016 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw (Killiney Beach and Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road amendments)

9. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
9.1 Transfer of Funds from Central Okanagan West Community Works Fund Gas Tax (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 19, 2012 outlined the requirement to utilize available community works fund gas tax funds from Central Okanagan West towards surfacing of local roads and storm water control and ditching required during construction of the Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun water system.

OPHUS/GIVEN
THAT the Regional Board approve the transfer of funds from the Central Okanagan West Community Works Fund in the amount of $52,000 to the Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun water system.

CARRIED

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that Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road would be getting this $52,000 grant.  Both the Finance Manager and the Water System Manager stated different amounts in emails (they can email us, but we can't email them) that Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road received water grants in the amount of $865,000 and $865,500.  Neither mentioned the $52,000 grant.  The Water Manager stated $865,000 and the Finance Manager stated $865,500, which would be the $400,000 grant plus a $465,500 grant

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June 17, 2015 email from Water System Manager told us the following:

The Upper Fintry System received $400,000 from the Town for Tomorrow Grant Program and $465,000 from the Community Works Fund- Gas Tax Program.

cc: CAO and Finance Manager

(OkanaganLakeBC.ca says: $400,000 plus 465,000 = $865,000)

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June 17, 2015 email from RDCO Finance Manager told us the following:

Upper Fintry Shalal received a $400,000 Towns for Tomorrow Grant ($9,723 in 2009 and $390,277 in 2010). (9,723 plus 390,277 = $400,000)

There was also $350,000 utilized from Community Works Funds (from Federal Gas Tax Program) in 2011, and $115,500 in 2012. These are reflected as revenue from the Capital Facilities Reserve (see explanation below). (350,000 plus 115,500 = $465,500)

The Towns for Tomorrow is the type of grant where RDCO apply for approval in advance, but do not get the money until after the work is done. That is why it shows up as grant revenue.

With Community Works Funds, RDCO receive annual payments, and put the money into a Community Works Fund Capital Facilities Reserve until the Board approves the use on a project that qualifies under the agreement. UBCM administers this federal program. You will see these amounts in the Capital section, coming into revenue via Capital Facility Reserve accounts.

RDCO sometimes amend the budget bylaw that is approved in March – this is where you will see the approvals / changes to utilize the Community Works Fund Gas Tax Reserve Money:

In 2011 via Bylaw 1300, to use Community Works funds to benefit the community by $350,000:
  regionaldistrict.com/media/17138/Bylaw1300.pdf (see page 12).


That was also done in 2012 via Bylaw 1317, to increase the use of Community Works Funds to benefit the community:
regionaldistrict.com/media/90331/Bylaw1317.pdf - See the very last page that shows the change to $115,500, and refer to note d) at the bottom.

cc: CAO and Water Manager

(OkanaganLakeBC.ca says $400,000 plus $465,500 = $865,500)

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June 30, 2015 email from RDCO Finance Manager told us the following

RDCO Finance Manager told us that they previously provided the requested detailed annual actual and budget financial statement information. And that unfortunately RDCO does not have adequate staff resources to do individual extensive spreadsheet analysis such as we requested, and can only provide information that RDCO has in the format that RDCO prepare as a regular course of business.

RDCO Finance Manager told us in regard to the $52,000 grant. That she is not sure what we are referring to exactly. She told us that the complete grant information relating to the Water system was provided in a previous e-mail, and if we had additional details, she can look further.

The Finance Manager signed off with wishing us a Happy Canada Day

cc: CAO and Water Manager

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Neither the Finance Manager or the Water Manager mention the $52,000 grant.  Yeh Happy Canada Day.  In our opinion, wishing us a Happy Canada Day without divulging information about Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road water system, its not such a Happy Canada Day for us, and it feels like a slap in the face because in Canada its a democracy and we should be entitled to this information without having to extract teeth.  Withholding information about the water system we pay for, is not so Canadian in our opinion.  We noticed RDCO Finance Managers emails were cc'd, to CAO and Water System Manager whereas the Water System Managers email was cc'd to the CAO and the Finance Manager.  I guess they don't want us to see this information? Is the Finance Manager just letting them know the information was not given out?  Otherwise why would they care what info was given out or not given out?  Shouldn't this information be available to whomever wants to see it?  There are probably a lot of things RDCO would not want residents to see, but shouldn't this information be on the water systems webpage of RDCO?  This makes us think something must be up.

RDCO may have updated the looks of their website for the second time over the last few years this May 2015, but the content is still the same, and its still just as hard for anyone to find anything.  We don't think the water finance information is even on RDCO's website, not in a form we understand anyway.  It would be great if RDCO could publish a complete report of each water system yearly and on their website that shows where the money came in and where the money went out.  Each water system should have its own webpage.

There are amounts buried in the budget documents, that we can't see.  For instance the grants are all in the Board or Governance and Services Committee Agenda and Minutes listed in date order, but not all the grants are shown in the grants column of the budget sheets published on RDCO's website.  Some of the grant amounts are buried in a lump sum with other things under other line items.  How do you find the Agenda and Minutes pertaining to your own water system grant without going through each date and looking to see if the item name of each .pdf corresponds to your water system?  Not all of the grant amounts are showing in the financial plan or budget documents that are easy enough to determine they are grants.  Which bylaw numbers do we look at for our water system?  And where did all the links to water system studies go from RDCO's webpage?  The other thing is when RDCO redesigned their website in May 2015, they changed the directory location of all their files so that anything that many residents have bookmarked no longer work? The dates are also not part of the directories name, now it says media and a number for a directory.  Another thing is that most of the .pdf documents are not copy and paste-able.  We mentioned this to RDCO Communications Officer years ago and RDCO changed nothing.

How are we suppose to know how good of a job RDCO is doing on our water systems without full disclosure?  Maybe we should just withhold our money and put RDCO out of a job.  Pretty sure RDCO wouldn't stick around long without the exorbitant wages they pay themselves.  Pretty sure residents could do a better job themselves using volunteers.  It seems we are paying for consultants with expertise anyway.  It sure ain't residents voting on these exorbitant wages, and we feel its not so funny how RDCO can decide its own wages. Its also not so funny how we can't do anything about it but stop paying RDCO.  Guess we will have to do a Freedom of Information request to find out this information and put it all together, if we can even get the information then.  We will ask for a printout of transactions for accounts that include Fiscal Services, Capital Financing, Debt Payments, Transfer to Reserves, Transfer from Reserves, Equipment Replacement Reserves, Water Capital Fund, Connection Charges, Grants, Water User Fees, Maintenance/Asset Renewal fee, Surpluses and Deficits, Parcel Tax transfers, Admin Overhead, Engineering Overhead, Interest Earned, Interest Paid and where that money goes.

Maybe that's what we should do, organize a rally to not pay RDCO??  Maybe then residents will finally have a say??  Maybe we should organize some volunteers who will work for us instead of against us, and can take over RDCO positions when they quit and go some place else, cause they aren't being paid exorbitant wages anymore?  Volunteers built this community, and volunteers are just as capable of running it too.

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The average Westsider should not be paying more for water.  Sometimes you use more water than other times.  These amounts are averages and does not take into account the summer months when you use more water.

The average Westside resident uses 24 m of water per month

The average Westside resident uses 789 litres of water every day! If you had to collect that, you’d need to make 98
trips with a full four-litre jug in each hand. Our water use is well above the British Columbia average of almost 500 litres a day and more than double the Canadian average of 374 litres per person each day

Source: regionaldistrict.com/media/18302/Using Less Water Inside Your Home.pdf

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Average Westsider = .789 m per day x 365 days per year = 288 m divided by 12 months = 24 m per month

Average British Columbian = .5 m per day x 365 days per year = 182.5 m divided by 12 months = 15.21 m per month

Average Canadian = .374 m per day x 365 days per year = 136.5 m divided by 12 months = 11.38 m per month

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.pdf icon April 27, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

This was a correction to the March 23, 2015 Minutes Item 9.1 Proposed 2015 Gas Tax Community Works Fund Projects, so there was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about this correction regarding the amounts should be higher for COW.

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio April 27, 2015 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (23 MB)

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.pdf icon April 27, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon This was a correction to the March 23, 2015 Minutes Item 9.1 Proposed 2015 Gas Tax Community Works Fund Projects, so there was nothing mentioned in the Agenda about this correction regarding the amounts should be higher for COW.

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio April 27, 2015 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (23 MB)

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.pdf icon April 27, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

THAT the Regular Board meeting minutes of March 23, 2015 be adopted as amended;

Pg. 2 - 6.2, second paragraph change 'fire protection services' to 'fire prevention services'

Pg, 9 - 9.1, first paragraph change '$233,907 for Central Okanagan West' to $233,907 for Central Okanagan East'.
AND THAT the Special Board meeting minutes of March 27,2015 be adopted;
AND FURTHER THAT the Public Hearing minutes be received.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio April 27, 2015 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (23 MB)

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There was a water rate increase January 1, 2013

Starting April 2012 a consumption fee was introduced when the volume of water exceeded 235 cubic meters per quarter, and anything over 235 m3, the cost was .35 cents per cubic meter.

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BUT WE LIVE IN THE OKANAGAN AND WE ARE NOT AVERAGE!!! WE ARE ABOVE AVERAGE AND USE MORE WATER DUE TO OUR LOCATION AND CLIMATE. WE NEED A BASIC AMOUNT OF WATER BEFORE BEING GOUGED. THE WAY RDCO IS DOING IT, THEY ARE GOUGING AVERAGE AND LOW USERS TOO.

From RDCO Spring Water Talk

Later this month we’ll ask the Regional Board to lower the threshold to 90-cubic meters per billing period. If approved, starting with the July billing quarter, customers will be charged 35 cents for each cubic meter of water used over the 90-cubic meters. This new consumption threshold is supported by several factors. Not only is this level in line with other local water utilities tier rate structure, but based on our existing metering data, 86% of our water customers have not exceeded 90- cubic meters in the last 18 months (six billing quarters).

In fact, a review of that consumption information also shows that just 698 quarterly meter readings went over 90-cubic meters water use. That’s approximately 14% of all our quarterly water bills for the past year and a half. The 90-cubic meter threshold works out to 360-cubic meters over the course of a year. That compares more favourably with
Environment Canada’s average annual BC household water use of 325-cubic meters.

325-cubic meters per year, divided by 4 quarters = 81.25-cubic meters per quarter and this was our last rate increase, and its going to get worse in 2015.

Source: RDCO Spring 2013 Water Talk

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Below is the .pdf icon March 26, 2012 Board Agenda about the last water rate review.  The water system renewal rates were increased 50% and not the entire 100% in 2013.  Click the image below to read .pdf icon RDCO Board Agenda of March 26, 2012.

 


.pdf icon From March 26, 2012 RDCO Board Agenda

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Urban Systems states that Upper Fintry Water System Rates are sustainable, and that there is a sustainability Gap of $0?

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 9, 2012 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 6.1 - Urban Systems Utility Rates - .wma (10.7 MB) (The delegation timer beep should have been turned off, how annoying)

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At the audio link above, Urban Systems speaks about ways RDCO can keep our water rates down and says quote, 

  "There a number of things you can do here, like look at risk tolerance and expect things to last longer, there is nothing wrong with that.  You could look at level of service.  You could look at the difference between building up reserves vs. borrowing.  If you borrow the full amount, it can approximately double your cost over the borrowing period with today's rates which we use 2.74% here, so if rates went up, it would make things more complicated.  Also we use grants, you could maybe collectively hope that there are more grants directed toward rehabilitation in the future than there are now.  So there are a number of ways you can do it, but you also have to contrast that with willingness to pay, and just the pay tolerance of the people."

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July 12, 2012 RDCO Board meeting - water pipes last 90 years and Director Edgson picked the 50% water system rate option

.pdf icon July 12, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Updated Water Rates for Two Systems

The Regional Board has adopted amendments to the Water Systems Fees and Charges Bylaw. The changes restructure water rates for the Falcon Ridge and Sunset Ranch water systems located in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area and reflect the same rate restructuring introduced earlier this year for the Regional District’s four other water systems. The new rates include a User Fee and an Asset Renewal Fee and take into consideration the unique annual operation and future capital infrastructure replacement reserve needs for each water system. A new Consumption-based residential rate of 35 cents per cubic metre for all water used in excess of 235 cubic metres during a three month billing quarter was adopted for all six water systems in March.

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.pdf icon July 12, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Water System Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw.pdf

*Note* This is just a snippet of 4 pages


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Following adoption of the proposed amendment bylaw, the proposed rates will begin immediately in the 3rd quarter period (July-September), appearing for the first time on the October 2012 utility bills. These rates are consistent with the Board adopted rate structure to fund capital renewal requirements to a 50% funding level for required projects over the next 20 years in Central Okanagan West water systems.

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.pdf icon July 12, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

6.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors [as only one stakeholder] - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated July 4th outlined the background and consultation process requested by the Board prior to consideration of amendments to the fees and charges bylaw for all parcels located within the service area boundary of the Falcon Ridge Water System and the Sunset Ranch Water System. It was noted the Regional Board adopted similar fees and charges to the Central
Okanagan West water systems (Bylaw 1307) earlier in the year to a 50% funding level.

At the request of the area director, Staff was directed by the Board to hold an open house in the electoral area (Falcon Ridge and Sunset Ranch) to address any public concerns. No property owners attended the Falcon Ridge open house out of approximately 55 residents. The Sunset Ranch session was attended by approximately 50-60 residents--at that time the main concern was the ownership issue (five individual strata are involved). Staff continue to discuss options with Sunset Ranch keeping in mind RDCO's policy on water systems.

In light of the request by the area director for a capital renewal fee to achieve 30% of replacement cost, staff highlighted the difference in rates from 30% to 50%. In Falcon Ridge and Sunset Ranch it would amount to approximately $50 per year; in Sunset Ranch $100 for the second year. The current fees are artificially low with the systems being underfunded. Assets need to be protected for the future and fees need to be consistent in the electoral areas and for possible government funding applications in the future. Water resource is extremely important and there is an obligation to look to the future and protect that resource.

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1309, 2012 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 12th day of July 2012.

CARRIED (Hanson opposed)

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Update:  We received this email from RDCO

RDCO Finance Manager told us that Upper Fintry water system received $865,000 in Grants

RDCO Finance Manager M.R. provided us with info re: Upper Fintry / Valley of the Sun, which should hopefully answer our main question she told us. She told us in order to get the information to us quickly, she was somewhat limited in the number of columns that can be displayed, so she selected the most relevant to our grant question – 2010 – 2012 actuals and 2011-2012 budget which she attached.

She told us that:

Upper Fintry Shalal received a $400,000 Towns for Tomorrow Grant ($9,723 in 2009 and $390,277 in 2010).

There was also $350,000 utilized from Community Works Funds (from Federal Gas Tax Program) in 2011, and $115,500 in 2012. These are reflected as revenue from the Capital Facilities Reserve (see explanation below).

She told us she understands our confusion as these show up a bit differently in the financial statements because they are different types of grants / funding.

The Towns for Tomorrow is the type of grant where RDCO apply for approval in advance, but do not get the money until after the work is done. That is why is shows up as grant revenue.

With Community Works Funds, RDCO receive annual payments, and put the money into a Community Works Fund Capital Facilities Reserve until the Board approves the use on a project that qualifies under the agreement. UBCM administers this federal program. You will see these amounts in the Capital section, coming into revenue via Capital Facility Reserve accounts.

RDCO amended the budget bylaw that was approved in March – this is where you will see the approvals / changes to utilize the Community Works Fund Gas Tax Reserve Money:

In 2011 via Bylaw 1300, to use Community Works funds to benefit the community by $350,000:

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/media/17138/Bylaw1300.pdf (see page 12).

That was also done in 2012 via Bylaw 1317, to increase the use of Community Works Funds to benefit the community:

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/media/90331/Bylaw1317.pdf - See the very last page that shows the change to $115,500, and refer to note d) at the bottom.
 

.pdf icon Attachment

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RDCO Water System Manager told us that Upper Fintry water system received $865,000 in Grants

The Upper Fintry System received $400,000 from the Town for Tomorrow Grant Program and $465,000 from the Community Works Fund- Gas Tax Program.

Water Manager C.R.
Regional District of Central Okanagan

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Did Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road only get one $400,000 grant?

According to the ACTUAL numbers in the Budget sheets on RDCO's website in the Governance and Services Committee Agenda's, Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road only received one $400,000 grant.  Wonder what happened to the other grant .. thought Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road got two $400,000 grants?

We tried to make up a spreadsheet just for Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road community water system revenue and expenses, so we can look at all the numbers, all on one sheet.  Not sure how accurate these numbers are, but we took the numbers off the Budget sheets in RDCO Governance and Services Committee Budget Agenda's each year.  If you look in the table below, we linked over to each years Governance and Services Agendas, so that you can see for yourself.  Look for the word ACTUAL and at those links are the actual revenue and expense figures each year.  This is an excel spreadsheet of the figures that you can download of Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road water system to have a look.  Or you can look at the same figures on this webpage if you don't have Excel.  We totalled up all the years since RDCO started to use money for Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road water system in 2009 which is in the 2010 Budget Agenda and that is how we made up this spreadsheet.

It would be nice if RDCO could publish their spreadsheets so we could look at the larger picture, instead of just looking at the yearly figures.  We want to know what our entire construction and operating expense has been, as well as revenues brought in since inception.  We don't see these figures anywhere on RDCO's website which makes it easy for RDCO to hide things, say for instance the missing $400,000 grant we thought we received.  Here is a webpage we made up with grant info on it.  RDCO did apply for a second grant, but was unsuccessful.

RDCO has this info at its fingertips, yet we are left in the dark paying for everything that we don't have a clue about!!!  One or two years figures tells us nothing.  We would like to see a list the repairs and upgrades and what each or those repairs or upgrades cost each year too, and then a total figure of what the repairs cost over the lifetime of the water system.  Why doesn't RDCO publish these figures we mention?

$400,000 grant

divided by

341 Upper Fintry / Valley of the Sun / Shalal Road properties

= $1,173.00 towards each property

Valley of the Sun has contributed $135,291 in Maintenance / Asset Renewal Fees up to the end of 2014, and we think there is only $72,940 left.  We are not sure and will have to ask RDCO that question.  We are looking at the Reserve Fund Balance of $72,940.

RDCO sent us this .pdf document of .pdf icon 2013 Actual financial figures which shows a balance for Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road community water system.

THIS BELOW IS A $52,000 GRANT

.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Sunset Ranch Utilities Ownership
The Regional Board has agreed to an agreement to take over ownership of the water and sanitary sewer utilities of the five strata corporations at the Sunset Ranch development. Before proceeding with a legal agreement, the transfer requires the support of at least 75% of the members of each strata corporation. The stratas have requested the Regional District take over ownership to provide a consistency and continuity in service as well as meeting long-term capital replacement requirements. In addition, water and sewer works constructed in future development phases would be transferred to the Regional District’s ownership.

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio November 26, 2012 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (60.8 MB)

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.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 9.1 Central Okanagan West Community Works Gas Tax Fund (Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road)

.pdf icon Item 9.2 Sunset Ranch Water And Sanitary Sewer Utilities Ownership

.pdf icon Item 10.1 2012-2016 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw (Killiney Beach and Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road amendments)

*Note* This is only a snippet

Killiney Beach unused Gas Tax Funds reallocated to Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road
A reduction in the Killiney Beach capital work program for 2012 resulted in unused Gas Tax Funds. A portion of these funds ($38,000) and use of the remaining available COW Community Works Fund ($14,000) for a total of $52,000 would be applied to infrastructure improvements in the UF/Shalal/VOS water system.

RECOMMENDATION: That the Regional Board approve the transfer of funds from the Central Okanagan West Community Works Fund in the amount of $52,000 to the Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun water System.

Purpose: To utilize available funds from the Central Okanagan West (COW) Community Works Fund towards surfacing of local roads and storm water control and ditching required during construction of the Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun Water system ( UF/Shalal/VOS).

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio November 26, 2012 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (60.8 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files November 26, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.1 Central Okanagan West Community Works Gas Tax Fund - .wma (276 KB) (Killiney Beach and Upper Fintry)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files November 26, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.2 Sunset Ranch Water And Sanitary Sewer Utilities Ownership - .wma (8.03 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files November 26, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 10.1 2012-2016 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw - .wma (205 KB)

.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

9. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
9.1 Transfer of Funds from Central Okanagan West Community Works Fund Gas Tax (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 19, 2012 outlined the requirement to utilize available community works fund gas tax funds from Central Okanagan West towards surfacing of local roads and storm water control and ditching required during construction of the Upper Fintry/Shalal RoadNalley of the Sun water system.

OPHUS/GIVEN
THAT the Regional Board approve the transfer of funds from the Central Okanagan West Community Works Fund in the amount of $52,000 to the Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun water system.

CARRIED

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio November 26, 2012 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (60.8 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files November 26, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.1 Central Okanagan West Community Works Gas Tax Fund - .wma (276 KB) (Killiney Beach and Upper Fintry)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files November 26, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.2 Sunset Ranch Water And Sanitary Sewer Utilities Ownership - .wma (8.03 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files November 26, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 10.1 2012-2016 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw - .wma (205 KB)

THIS BELOW IS THE $400,000 GRANT

.pdf icon April 18, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Gas Tax Funds - New Water System

The Regional Board has approved a transfer of $400,000 from the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Gas Tax Community Works Fund. The money will be used to recycle asphalt along roadways during construction of the new water system for the Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun subdivisions. By recycling road surface asphalt, greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced, fewer aggregates will likely be needed and air quality will be improved as there will be less need for dust suppression chemicals. Funds will also be used for water quality control works. Construction on the new water system is expected to begin this spring.

The Board also endorsed a funding application through the Gas Tax Innovations Fund for eligible costs associated with integrating the new water system and the existing Fintry water utility, pending transfer of the private utility to the Regional District. Integration of the systems would help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve water quality and see an efficient use of infrastructure and staff resources.

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio April 18, 2011 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (200 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files April 18, 2011 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Upper Fintry / Valley of the Sun water system grant application - .wma (414 KB)

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.pdf icon April 18, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 10.3 CommunityWorksFund.pdf

Agenda No: 10.3
Meeting Date: April 18, 2011

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT REPORT

For the Board April 18, 2011
TO: Chair & Members of the Regional Board
FROM: Chris Radford, Director of Environmental Services
DATE: April 12, 2011
SUBJECT: Community Works Fund - COW

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board approves a transfer of $400,000 from the Gas Tax -Community Works Fund (COW) to provide asphalt recycling and associated water system control works.

Background: The Upper Fintry / Valley of the Sun water system is progressing with construction of the pump facilities, award of the construction of distribution works and in the next few weeks advertisement/construction of the reservoir works. A majority of the works will include excavation of the road network in the area to install pipe works. This will include removing asphalt surfaces. There may be an opportunity to process and recycle this material for road base and in areas that currently require dust suppression. Benefits of the recycled material will offset the requirement to import aggregates utilized for road sub grades and chemicals required for dust suppression. This initiative will directly reduce Green House Gas Emissions (GHG) for the transportation required to haul materials. In 2010, the Waste Reduction Department coordinated the application of dust suppression on the Forest Service Road leading to the NW Waste Transfer Facility. With the application of recycled asphalt, the chemical previously utilized would no longer be required to control dust and subsequently improve air-quality.
System control works would be associated with online water quality field devices, 24 hour monitoring and alarming through the RDCO control system. This initiative provides water quality improvements associated with the Gas Tax criteria.

Conclusion: The utilization of the Community Works Funds will meet all of the Provincial requirements applicable to the funding program: reduced GHG, improved air quality and improved water quality. Many goals of the Strategic Plan would also be realized through improving community infrastructure, efficiency to maximize benefit and interaction between departments.

Chris Radford
Director Environmental Services

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio April 18, 2011 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (200 MB)

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.pdf icon April 18, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

10.3 Transfer of Gas Tax - Community Works Fund to provide asphalt recycling and associated water system control works (Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun water system) (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated April 12, 2011 outlined the rationale for apply for gas tax funding for the Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun water system.

EDGSON/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board approves a transfer of $400,000 from the Gas Tax Community Works Fund to provide asphalt recycling and associated water system control works.

CARRIED

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio April 18, 2011 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (200 MB)

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RDCO's Fintry Ground Water Final May 2010

Our consumption data compiled since the introduction of water meters has found that indoor water use averages 20 cubic meters per month or 60 cubic meters in a billing period.

Source: regionaldistrict.com/media/17997/FintryGWFINAL_May10.pdf

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Budget Pie Charts

2015 Water = 2.17% of budget

.pdf icon Mar 12, 2015 Gov Srv Agenda Item 6.3A Budget Piechart And Budgets Summary
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2014 Water = 1.97% of budget

.pdf icon Feb 27, 2014 Gov Srv Agenda Item 4.1A Budget Piechart And Information
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2013 Water = 1.98% of budget

.pdf icon Feb 28, 2013 Gov Srv Agenda Item 5.1a Budget Piechart And Information
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2009 Water = 1% of budget

.pdf icon Feb 11, 2009 Gov Srv Agenda Item 3b Preliminary RDCO Financial Plan 2009-2013
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FTE means Full Time Employee


Sorry but we can't remember where we found this now, but we think we found it looking in budget documents.

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What is the use in having a Director if our Director can't help us?

Why are we paying Director wages in the $20,000 range for nothing?

Our Director wants to help us, but his hands seem to be tied in unlimited knots by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Do you want to be overruled by City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country?  Is that the kind of government you want?

If not, then please attend the June 18, 2015 at 7pm Town Hall Meeting at Killiney Beach Hall.

One of the most important things that RDCO has said about water rates, is the more we conserve the more RDCO would have to charge us to cover the cost of the water system, because the less money RDCO collects, there are still expenses that have to be paid.  See Feb 2, 2012 Governance and Services Minutes below.  We highlighted it in red and yellow.  It says principles reviewed - consumption goes down, revenue goes down

.pdf icon Feb 9, 2012 Governance and Services Minutes

6. Environmental Services

6.1 Urban Systems re: Utility Rate presentation

Ehren Lee and Michael Trickey provided a review of the draft utility rate (water rates and revenue assessment).

The Regional District owns, operates and maintains six water systems: Falconridge, Sunset Ranch, Westshore, Star Place, Trepanier, Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Rd and Killiney Beach.

The scope of the work included:
- sustainable funding levels - determine the funding level needed over the next 20 years so that revenues match the capital, operation, maintenance and administration costs of each system; and
- demand pricing - determine a conservation pricing component that promotes water use reductions through charges to customers with relatively high water demands.
A review of each of the water systems was highlighted (20 year averages and observations) including reserves, capital requirements and gaps. Demand management reviewed: objectives include:
-employ a user-pay approach to revenues
-promote conservation
-principles reviewed - consumption goes down, revenue goes down

Next steps:
- Develop a water rate structure
- Bring forward a bylaw for consideration
The question was raised regarding timing, whether an education plan will be developed, and how the increases will be implemented. Staff will provide options at a future date, today was only to present the information gathered. As each system is unique, the Regional District will need to consider levels of service, what efficiencies can be considered, and possibly if there will be gas tax funds which can be accessed. Open houses and an education campaign will be provided as implementation occurs. Need to move forward as soon as possible as residents who use these water systems need to understand what the annual costs are. This will be provided as part of the education plan.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the presentation by Urban Systems on the Water System Rate and Revenue be received;
AND FURTHER THAT the report be referred to staff for development of a water rate structure for each system and an education component with a further report to the Board.

CARRIED

 

.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

2. ADDITION OF LATE ITEMS

6.3 Proposed SILGA Resolution (RDCO, RDNO, RDOS) re: Requirements to exempt necessary water works projects from electoral approval.

It was noted that in follow-up to a meeting between regional district chairs and CAOs the issue of an exemption from elector approval for necessary water projects was raised by the Regional District of North Okanagan. The North Okanagan, Okanagan Similkameen Regional District and Central Okanagan Regional District Boards are being asked to jointly support a resolution to the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) 2012 Convention to ask the Provincial government for exemptions from the Elector Approval requirements to fund necessary water projects, as is currently provided for necessary waste water projects.

ZIMMERMANN/BASRAN
THAT the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan supports the following resolution being jointly forwarded to the Southern Interior Local Government Association's 2012 Convention:
WHEREAS local government is mandated to provide safe, clean, reliable drinking water as an essential component of a healthy community;
AND WHEREAS the financing of most major water works projects will realistically require borrowing liabilities of over five years;
AND WHEREAS the Community Charter requires elector approval of any liability over five years in duration, thereby requiring a process of acquiring elector approval and creating unnecessary delays in essential projects, exposing the public to ongoing risk and cost without commensurate public benefit;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Union of BC Municipalities lobby the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to adopt legislation to amend the Community Charter to provide for the exemption of obtaining elector approval for necessary water works projects if the projects have been previously approved by the Inspector of Municipalities through a Master Water Management Plan.

CARRIED

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Valley of the Suns water is leaving a crust line on our toilet at the water level inside the toilet bowl that we have to use a razor blade to get off.  Not sure if its calcium or what it is, but CLR doesn't want to take it off.  We cleaned our toilet with a razor blade a while back, but the crust started to accumulate again.  That brown crust ain't the only crust on our toilet.  There is more crusty white stuff lining the inside of the bowl that did not turn brown.  We think its calcium building up.  June 2, 2015 our coffee maker was getting pretty plugged up and the water would not come out very fast and we were pretty busy to do anything about it and left it.  The next thing you know the coffee maker was making a full pot of coffee and after it had made 1/16 of a cup of coffee it made one heck of a noise like it blew up, and then all of a sudden water started pouring out of the coffee maker all over the counter and onto the floor.  That was the end of our coffee maker. We would like something done about the crust building up on our appliances and toilet before it ruins more of our stuff.

Photo of a crusty toilet from Valley of the Suns community water system

 

Closer look at a crusty toilet from Valley of the Suns community water system

OUR TOILET DIDN'T LOOK LIKE THAT WHEN WE HAULED OUR WATER AND GOT OUR WATER FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES!!  AND OUR COFFEE MAKER DID NOT BLOW UP!

General Physical and Chemical Properties (Valley of the Sun)

The groundwater chemistry of the well is characterized as a calcium-magnesium bicarbonate type, and displays a low level of mineralization. Nitrate concentration was below its detection limit of 0.01 mg/L in both samples. With a total hardness of 143-146 mg/L the water is considered hard, but less so than other groundwaters in the region.


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The ground water study document shown in the two documents above, states that 150 mg/L is considered very hard water.  Upper Fintry's ground water well quality shows 143 - 146 mg/L.

Funny that RDCO did not check the phosphates?  Does that mean we have a lot of phosphate in our water, we wonder?

Is a water softener the only way to get rid of that crust or what?  Can't RDCO filter that crust out of the water?

Wikipedia about Hard Water

Source: regionaldistrict.com/media/17997/FintryGWFINAL_May10.pdf

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Town Hall Meeting June 18, 2015 at 7pm at Killiney Beach Hall on Udell Road
sponsored by the North Westside Communities Association and not by RDCO
Please try to attend.


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Letter from Director Carson that we got at the June 11th, 2015 Open House at Killiney Beach Hall

Director Carson's letter page 1 of 2

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Director Carson's letter page 2 of 2

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Letter to Director Wayne Carson and RDCO Board of Directors from the President of the North Westside Road Communities Association, Bob Andrews

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Seasonal outdoor water use is 50% RDCO says.

Source June 2012 North Westside Water Presentation (page 6)

 

Source: Killiney Beach Pamphlet

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Over 2 million spent on Water Works 2009 - 2012


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Source June 2012 North Westside Water Presentation (page 12)

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Wow, look at the reduced power consumption after leak repairs at Westshore in 2012.

RDCO told us that the most expensive part of our water systems is electricity to pump the water.


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Source: Killiney Beach Pamphlet

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SCADA
The Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system allows integrated real-time automated control and RDCO Staff have the ability to make changes on an as needed basis. At the Westshore Water System the following items are monitored in real-time on-line.

- reservoir levels
- pump trending and controls
-on-line turbidity, chlorine, temperature, and PH
- flow (m)

Source: Westshore Pamphlet

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Upper Fintry User Breakdown
There are a few EXTREME USERS

Source: Upper Fintry Posters

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RDCO Water Rates

  Water User and Consumption
Fee structure
Second tier
Consumption
Fee threshold
(annualized)
Second Tier
Consumption
Fee
Annual User Fee

 

RDCO 2012 Flat rate User Fee.
Consumption Fee applies
to water consumed over
235 m per quarter (3
months).
940 m $0.35/m $314 to $1300
RDCO Current 2013 Flat rate User Fee.
Consumption Fee
applies to water
consumed over 90 m
per quarter (3 months).
360 m $0.35/m $314 to $1300
RDCO Proposed 2015 Flat rate User Fee.
Consumption Fee
applies to water
consumed over 0 m
per quarter (3 months).
0 m

use
RDCO rate calculator

$0.35/m - $1.25/m $340 to $1612

Asset Renewal Fees are not included in the above table

Source of table above, 2013 June Consumption Threshold Letter and the documents below that we got from the June 2, 2015 Open House at Killiney Beach

This below is old now, and is from our last rate increase in 2013

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Gas Tax Funding Covers Water Upgrades

Water System Plan
We’re using $85,000 in Gas Tax funding to pay for the costs of a plan for the Westshore ($35,000) and the Killiney Beach ($50,000) water systems that will complete the assessment and engineering in order to meet Interior Health’s 4-3-2-1-0 Drinking Water Objective and improve operations of the systems. Other benefits include improved water quality and reduced operational and capital expenses, energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Killiney Beach:
- Purchased and installed two Variable-frequency drives ($13,000) to reduce energy costs and use
- Purchased and installed a Sodium Hypochlorite disinfection system ($10,000) to improve water quality and air quality
- Split the cost of leak detection equipment with Westshore system ($3,000 contribution from each system) to identify underground leaks—saving energy and operation costs

Westshore:
- Purchased and installed Sodium Hypochorite disinfection system ($10,000) resulting in improved water quality and air quality
- Purchased and installed new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) communication lines for remote monitoring of critical system components ($10,000)

Sunset Ranch:
- Variable-frequency drive installed ($10,000) providing significant energy cost savings

Source 2015 Spring RDCO Water Talk

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Updating Capital Projects and Operations

Falcon Ridge:
- work is underway on a Water System Design Upgrade following close of a Request for Proposal.

Sunset Ranch:
- a 100 horsepower variable frequency drive has been installed on Well pump No. 1 for improved flow control.

Killiney Beach:
- two 50 horsepower variable frequency drives installed at the Lake pumphouse.
- Online monitoring equipment has been replaced.

Westshore:
- Installed security fencing around upper reservoir.
- replaced two Pres-sure Reducing Valve Chambers at Ever-green and Lakewood stations.

All Systems
- Fall Flushing pro-gram continues through October 31st for optimum water quality and sediment removal.

Source 2014 Fall RDCO Water Talk

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HOW DO YOU COMPARE! (average summer water use Q3 2014)

- Killiney Beach—103 cubic meters versus 101 in summer 2013
- Sunset Ranch—146 cubic meters versus 142 in summer 2013
- Falcon Ridge—147 cubic meters versus 155 in summer 2013
- Star Place—470 cubic meters versus 441 in summer 2013
- Westshore—129 cubic meters versus 145 in summer 2013  (Is this when the leaks at Westshore were fixed?)
- Upper Fintry-Shalal-Valley of the Sun—73 cubic meters versus 55 in summer 2013

Source 2014 Fall RDCO Water Talk

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When can you water? RDCO water restrictions start next week
June 10, 2015

You’ll soon need to watch when you water, with summer restrictions in the Central Okanagan Regional District starting next week.

The restrictions are in place between June 16 – September 15 and include the following Star Place, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore water systems.

If your address is an even number, watering is limited to Saturday and Tuesday and odd numbers on Sunday and Wednesday.

“By following the outdoor water use restrictions that are in effect all year, residents help ensure reservoirs are replenished and there’s an adequate water supply,” says Regional District of Central Okanagan communications officer, Bruce Smith.

Source: globalnews.ca/news/2047266/when-can-you-water-rdco-water-restrictions-start-next-week/

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Information about actual water system revenue, expenses, and rates that we got from the June 2, 2015 meeting at Killiney Beach Hall


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Water System Rates Page 1 of 2

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Water System Rates Page 2 of 2

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Water Systems Rates Page 1 of 4

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Water Systems Rates Page 2 of 4 (option 1)

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Water Systems Rates Page 3 of 4 (option 2)

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Water Systems Rates Page 4 of 4 (option 3)

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Water System Rates for Low to High Users
*Note* We did not put the red printing on this document, it had red printing on it when we got it.


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Water Rates in Other Places examples: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Tofino, Naramata, Penticton, Rutland, etc.

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Water Cost vs. Water Revenue

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Average Water Use 2012 - 2014

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Water System Operating Costs Trend Calculation

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Consumption Trend Factor and Assumptions
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Weighting
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Below is a letter one Westsider wrote to RDCO with a question about the new water rate revenue, and RDCO's reply about weighting.

Westsiders question:

One thing I did not see in all the water data presented was projections using the 3 options. By projections I mean how much revenue would be generated by each of 3 systems using the new proposed options. I guess using 2014 data.

RDCO's answer: 

That information was available at the open house for discussion only but not in a take home format. That being said, it is now posted on OkanaganLakeBC.ca's website if you want to get into the details.

For your information, the 2016 operating costs are generally based on the 2013 and 2014 actual expenses and 2015 budgeted expenses with a 20%/30%/50% weighting. These historical expenses are also projected to the 2016 year with a 3% annual inflation factor - this inflation factor was based on historical changes in operating costs.

The projected 2016 operating costs are listed below by water system:

Westshore $170,980
Killiney      $162,480
Upper Fintry $61,281


The projected revenue was based on the current number of connections and based on the past 2 years of consumption data (2013 and 2014) with a 25%/75% weighting. The consumption data was projected on a per connection basis using a 0% trend, adjusted based on assumed reduction in consumption as a result of the change in the rate structure, and also caps the high users in the revenue project. These caps were included in the analysis as these "extreme users" could very easily reduce their consumption and this would result in an operating deficit. If the historical water consumption of the "extreme users" continues, the additional revenue would stay with the water system and would be held in an operating reserve to help mitigate future water rates.

The projected 2016 revenue for each water system under each of the options are listed below:

  Option 1 Revenue Option 2 Revenue Option 3 Revenue
Westshore $172,166 $170,453 $172,459
Killiney $163,479 $163,556 $164,202
Upper Fintry $61,380 $61,417 $61,114



The rates under each of the options was determined to cover the projected operating costs for 2016. I trust the information above is helpful; however, please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss further.

In addition, thank you for calling in that water leak!

Sincerely,

Clarke Kruiswyk
Environmental Services Analyst
Phone: 250-469-6265
Email: clarke.kruiswyk "at" cord.bc.ca
Website: www.regionaldistrict.com

 

All Systems Water Consumption

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Variable and Fixed Fees for Low to High Water Users

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We have now posted (above) all the documents we got at the June 2, 2015 Open House at Killiney Beach.

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FIRE & WATER MEETINGS June 2 and June 11, 2015

For clarification we called Director Carson, he said he would like everyone to go to the Open Houses to get informed in regards to water, fire, and whatever services you may be concerned about.  There will be people from RDCO at these two Open Houses.  Director Carson said he may sit in the Library and tell everyone that a week or so later there will be another Open House maybe June 18, 2015 where people can discuss the water, fire and governance with Director Carson to let him know what people want.  COE Director Patty Hanson is asking for a feasibility study on her area going it alone without the RDCO.  Director Carson told us he wants to hear from his community, if they want to go that route too.  The date of June 18, 2015 is not for sure yet as the Killiney Hall needs to be available he said, but Director Carson said he would email us the dates and times of any new meetings.

Director Carson told us he thinks RDCO wants to cut back on our water allowance of 90m to 30m or something to that effect, don't quote us on the allowance, you need to go to these meetings to find out what allowance RDCO is considering giving everyone and get informed.

Director Carson said there is an Open House for Wilson's Landing July 7, 2015 we think he said, but Director Carson will email us the dates and times he said

Director wants chiefs back
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore | Story: 140510 - May 23, 2015

Patty Hanson isn't going to sit idly by while fire departments within her electoral area are gutted.

Hanson, regional director for Okanagan East, including Joe Rich and Ellison, says she's going to wear pink to regional district board meetings until both fire chiefs are back on the job.

Two weeks ago, Joe Rich fire chief Curtis Nyuli was relieved of his duties, while Ellison chief Kurt Szalla retired.

"They (regional district) bullied my chiefs into taking a severance package and quitting and retiring," says Hanson.

"Both fire chiefs were absolutely dedicated to the fire department, putting in all the time, more than half their life into a community fire department. I want those two individuals to come back to the fire department and both fire departments want their chiefs back as well."

Until that happens, Hanson said she will wear a pink shirt to regional board meetings in protest.

Hanson claims the chiefs were bullied repeatedly by senior officials within the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

"When I talked to Kurt earlier, he has a full-time job, and (fire and inspection services manager) Dan Wildeman would give him so many emails a day and then criticize him for not responding," said Hanson.

"He (Wildeman) even showed up at a fire in Ellison and tried to tell him how to fight the fire. And, the same with Curtis."

Hanson said she reported what she called bullying, harassment and micromanagement of the fire department back in February, but nothing was done.

"It was very frustrating because they have an anti-bullying and harassment bylaw, and once reported you are supposed to go to human resources and start a file. Nothing was done," said Hanson.

She said the regional board is expected to get an explanation as to why Nyuli was relieved of his duties during an in-camera session prior to next Monday's board meeting.

Anything discussed in-camera cannot be talked about publicly.

A series of open houses are also scheduled for early next month in both electoral areas to answer questions concerning various services, including fire protection.

These meetings are scheduled as follows:


Tuesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 11 - Killiney Beach Community Hall – 516 Udell Rd.
Thursday, June 4 - Joe Rich Community Hall – 11481 Highway 33 east
Monday, June 8 - Sunset Ranch Golf Clubhouse – 5101 Upper Booth Rd.
Tuesday, June 9 - Ellison Heritage School Community Hall - 4411 Old Vernon Rd.

The Spring Water Talk tells us these Open Houses are also for water.  Look on the bottom of page 1

Spring 2015 RDCO Water Talk page 1

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Spring 2015 RDCO Water Talk page 2

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Here is some information on RDCO's website about these meetings, it says:

As well, staff from several other RDCO departments will attend these Open Houses as well, to meet and discuss Budgets and Financial Planning, Economic Development Commission, Planning, Fire and Inspection Services, Parks Services and Emergency Preparedness

How about Dog Control??  We would like to talk about Dog Control!!

Below is a table we made up using the WATER RATE CALCULATOR on RDCO's website.

RDCO's website says the following:

Water Rate Estimator
This tool is designed to assist customers who wish to see what their estimated quarterly water charges could be for the three options that are under consideration for adjusting water rates for each of the six water systems operated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

This is a tool only and is meant to act as a guide for each of the water rate options under consideration.

Depending on your water system, the Estimator is preset to estimate the amount you could pay quarterly, based on each of the proposed options using the new consumption rates, new flat rates and the Asset Renewal Fee.

User Tips

In order to use this tool, you need to select your water service area (click on the system link below). The first 3 digits of your account number on your water/utility bill identifies which water area you are in:
301 - Killiney Beach
303 - Falcon Ridge
305 - Sunset Ranch
306 - Star Place, Trepanier
307 - Westshore Estates
310 - Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, Valley of the Sun

Next, in the Quarterly Water Consumption field, enter the amount of water consumed or that you estimate you've consumed. (you may wish to use both March and September consumptions to estimate your winter and summer charges)
Choose Your Water System Area:

  Current Charges
Total of Basic+Consumption, +Asset Renewal=
Option 1
Quarterly
Option 2
Quarterly
Option 3
Quarterly
Killiney Beach 10m 272.25 287.75 281.25 285.75
Killiney Beach 30m 272.25 301.75 299.25 295.75
Killiney Beach 60m 272.25 322.75 326.25 316.75
Killiney Beach 90m 272.25 343.75 353.25 337.75
Westshore Estates 10m 253.50 290.00 266.00 288.00
Westshore Estates 30m 253.50 304.00 291.00 298.00
Westshore Estates 60m 253.50 325.00 328.50 319.00
Westshore Estates 90m 253.50 346.00 366.00 340.00
Upper Fintry 10m 158.00 236.00 191.50 233.50
Upper Fintry 30m 158.00 263.00 258.50 255.50
Upper Fintry 60m 158.00 303.50 359.00 296.00
Upper Fintry 90m 158.00 344.00 459.50 336.50
Really weird that Upper Fintry at 90m would be paying more for water under option 2 than any other water system??  We highlighted in red and yellow the highest cost for each line above and we highlighted in green and yellow the least cost for each line above.

If the water rate calculator disappears, we copied images of RDCO's website calculator and put the info on the web at the links in the left menu of the table above.

Here is another way to look at the water rate figures we took from the table above to make this table below.

  Current Charges
Total of Basic+Consumption, +Asset Renewal=
Option 1
Quarterly
Option 2
Quarterly
Option 3
Quarterly
Killiney Beach 10m 272.25 287.75 281.25 285.75
Westshore Estates 10m 253.50 290.00 266.00 288.00
Upper Fintry 10m 158.00 236.00 191.50 233.50
Killiney Beach 30m 272.25 301.75 299.25 295.75
Westshore Estates 30m 253.50 304.00 291.00 298.00
Upper Fintry 30m 158.00 263.00 258.50 255.50
Killiney Beach 60m 272.25 322.75 326.25 316.75
Westshore Estates 60m 253.50 325.00 328.50 319.00
Upper Fintry 60m 158.00 303.50 359.00 296.00
Killiney Beach 90m 272.25 343.75 353.25 337.75
Westshore Estates 90m 253.50 346.00 366.00 340.00
Upper Fintry 90m 158.00 344.00 459.50 336.50

Does each water system get to vote on what option they want, or do all the water systems go together on only one option they all want collectively?

 

Under Option 1

For 10m of water, Killiney Beach will pay $15.50 more than the current rate, Westshore will pay $36.50 more, but Upper Fintry will pay $78.00 more than the current rate per quarter.

For 30m of water, Killiney Beach will pay $29.50 more than the current rate, Westshore will pay $50.50 more, but Upper Fintry will pay $105 more than the current rate per quarter.

For 60m of water, Killiney Beach will pay $50.50 more than the current rate, Westshore will pay $71.50 more, but Upper Fintry will pay $145.50 more than the current rate per quarter.

For 90m of water, Killiney Beach will pay $71.50 more than the current rate, Westshore will pay $92.50 more, but Upper Fintry will pay $186 more than the current rate per quarter.

 

Under Option 2

For 10m of water, Killiney Beach will pay $9.00 more than the current rate, Westshore will pay $12.50 more, but Upper Fintry will pay $33.50 more than the current rate per quarter.

For 30m of water, Killiney Beach will pay $27.00 more than the current rate, Westshore will pay $37.50 more, but Upper Fintry will pay $100.50 more than the current rate per quarter.

For 60m of water, Killiney Beach will pay $54.00 more than the current rate, Westshore will pay $75.00 more, but Upper Fintry will pay $201.00 more than the current rate per quarter.

For 90m of water, Killiney Beach will pay $81.00 more than the current rate, Westshore will pay $112.50 more, but Upper Fintry will pay $301.50 more than the current rate per quarter.

 

Under Option 3

For 10m of water, Killiney Beach will pay $13.50 more than the current rate, Westshore will pay $34.50 more, but Upper Fintry will pay $75.50 more than the current rate per quarter.

For 30m of water, Killiney Beach will pay $23.50 more than the current rate, Westshore will pay $44.50 more, but Upper Fintry will pay $97.50 more than the current rate per quarter.

For 60m of water, Killiney Beach will pay $44.50 more than the current rate, Westshore will pay $65.50 more, but Upper Fintry will pay $138.00 more than the current rate per quarter.

For 90m of water, Killiney Beach will pay $65.50 more than the current rate, Westshore will pay $86.50 more, but Upper Fintry will pay $178.50 more than the current rate per quarter.

 

RDCO summer 2014 average water consumption
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.pdf icon Item 4.1O Regional Board Pg 162 171
.pdf icon Item 4.3 2015 2019 Financial Plan Bylaw No 1356 Revisedmar27
.pdf icon Item 4.4 Temporary Borrowing Bylaw No 1357
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.pdf icon March 27, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

4. FINANCE DEPARTMENT

4.1 Review of the 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan

Staff report dated March 18, 2015 and March 25, 2015 provided an overview of the impacts to the 2015-2019 Financial Plan following two previous budget meetings held February 25th and March 12th

It was noted that the final requisition amounts will differ in accordance with the 2015 Revised Roll from BC Assessment Authority which is not yet available.

Staff reviewed that the overall budget has decreased since 2014: operating, debt and transfers. Sources of revenue were noted: tax requisitions, other revenues (which include utilities, licenses, permits, rentals); grants and municipal debt repayment.

Amendments to the final budget following the March 12th meeting include:

470 - Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant - added, confirmed Okanagan Basin Water Board grant of $25,310. Added $356,100 to operating and overhead for additional biosolids hauling and management costs. Partner costs increase as follows: West Kelowna: $241,808, Peachland: $25,471, and WFN: $63,512.

021 - Ellison Fire Department - increase service review amount from $12.5K to $18.75k (total study cost which will be shared with the four electoral area fire departments has been increased to $75k). The cost per average household goes from a decrease of $2.06 in the March 12th draft to an increase of $5.30.

022 - Joe Rich Fire Department - increase service review amount from $12.5K to $18.75k. The cost per average household goes from an increase of $37.64 in the March 1ih draft to an increase of $53.40.

023 - North Westside Fire Rescue - increase service review amount from $12.5k to $18.75k. The cost per average household goes from an increase of $10.55 in the March 12th draft to an increase of $16.86.

024 - Wilsons Landing Fire Department - increase service review amount from $12.5k to $18.75k. The cost per average household goes from an increase of $44.34 in the March 12 draft to an increase of $57.69.

117 - Sterile Insect Release - amended as per final parcel tax information received from SIR. Total parcel taxes are $513,356.

In addition, amendments have been made to electoral area planning, as the Regional District has received formal notice that all municipalities have agreed to fully opt-in to fringe area planning.

Changes to General Taxes Per Area as follows:


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4.2 Public Comment on 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan

Chair Given asked if there was anyone in the gallery who wished to comment on the Financial Plan.

• David Perron, 4035 Gellatly Road, West Kelowna. - expressed concern that only $60,000 has been budgeted for the development of a Master Plan for the Wastewater Treatment Plant and that there should be a well-conceived plan not just an update. Believes there should be a 20-Year Master Plan. Concerned regarding the $300,000 cost overrun due for the transportation of biosolids. Requests $60,000 be moved forward to 2015 and another $60,000 added to the 2016 budget.
• Gary Leduc - what is the fire service review for, who is doing it and what are the expected outcome? $18.75k seems like a lot of money for Ellison residents for a review. Concern that fire service will be removed from the Ellison area.
• Ben Wasyliuk, 6900 Goudie Road, member of the Joe Rich Fire Department - In 2008 a fire underwriter survey review was done. Prior policy was to do a review every 10 years. RDCO policy is to do a service review every 5 years. Underwriter reviews are covered by insurers, not the public. There are still some outstanding issues from the 2008 review that have not been completed (cisterns, generator back-ups at the fire hall). Information needs to be based on where we are today and what needs to be done going forward. Ask to consider using Fire Underwriters Survey instead of spending $75,000.
• Mr. Pauls, 8370 Sun Valley Road - fire service review can it be done for less money. Concern about the amount of taxes in Joe Rich.

Staff Response to Public Input:
With respect to Ellison and Joe Rich Fire Departments it has been identified that an independent review is required. It is best to have a third party complete the review. Staff need to ensure a safe service is being delivered and that the service is running within the policy and guidelines of the RDCO. Costs have been budgeted at the same level as previous reviews of a similar nature. The Board has adopted a policy of 5-year reviews.

WWTP Master Plan - Staff noted with respect to moving $60,000 from 2016 to 2015, the Board can do this if it should desire. It was noted that a decision was made to move the Master Plan forward in 2014, but due to other cost issues (ie: biosolids & odour issues) it was deferred to 2015/2016. The stakeholder committee has reviewed the scope for the review which will be quite expansive and it has been identified in the 2016 budget. Work will span over two years.
The question was raised whether $120,000 will be adequate for a 20 year plan? Staff believes it will be. Work will cross over two fiscal years. Terms of Reference is being reviewed, but will take some time to finalize and agree to.

Director Hanson noted she originally did not participate in grant in aid allocations but chose to increase the fire department training instead.
Believes $75,000 is too high for a fire service review.
Director Carson had previously requested that the fire service review be deferred for a year. The Board supported the review to be completed this year.
The review is not about the loss of fire services to any one area. Other service reviews are being done as well in 2015 but they are for much smaller services. External reviews produce higher outcomes including best practices from other areas, how the service operates, costs, and issues.

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4.3 Regional District of Central Okanagan 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1356, 2015, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

BASRAN/FINDLATER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1356, 2015 be given first, second and third readings and adopted.

CARRIED (Hanson, Carson opposed)

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4.4 Regional District of Central Okanagan Temporary Borrowing Bylaw No. 1357, 2014 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors Weighted Vote)

OPHUS/FORTIN
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Temporary Borrowing Bylaw No. 1357, 2015 be given first, second and third readings and adopted.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Proposed Community Works Fund Projects

The Regional Board has approved a proposal to use more than $460,000 of Federal Gas Tax Community Works Funds to complete a variety of infrastructure projects in the Electoral Areas reducing the need to fund through taxation. A total of $226,950 will be spent on upgrades to Central Okanagan East parks, community halls and two fire departments while $233,907 will be used in Central Okanagan West for proposed projects on three water systems, two fire departments and several parks in the electoral area.

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.pdf icon Item 9.1 Proposed 2015 Gas Tax Community Works Fund Projects

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SUBJECT: Proposed 2015 Gas Tax - Community Works Fund Projects

Purpose:
To seek authorization from the Board to utilize the Gas Tax - Community Works Funds.

Executive Summary:
Federal Gas Tax Funds are provided to local governments across Canada to assist in funding local infrastructure needs. Project eligibility categories have been expanded in 2014. Projects described in the attached proposal are eligible for funding through the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund providing important infrastructure improvements for electoral area residents.
The funding requests for the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund for the proposed projects in both the East and West Electoral Areas are as follows:
• $226,950 for Central Okanagan West
• $233,907 for Central Okanagan East
The current uncommitted and estimated 2015 Funding for Gas Tax - Community Works Funds available for new projects for the East and West Electoral Areas are as follows:
• $1,050,213 for Central Okanagan West
• $336,685 for Central Okanagan East

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board authorize the use of $460,857 of Gas Tax - Community Works Funds to complete the proposed projects listed in the attached project plan and as reflected in the 5 Year, 2015-2019 Financial Plan.

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CENTRAL OKANAGAN WEST ELECTORAL AREA GAS TAX - COMMUNITY WORKS FUND PROPOSED PROJECTS

1) North Westside Fire Department (Community Services) Page 4
• Construct a washroom in the existing Fire Hall 102 to include sink, shower and water closet to meet WorkSafe and Interior Health requirement.
o Estimated cost - $30,000
• Facility Assessment of both Fire Halls. This would ensure infrastructure asset management.
o Estimated cost - $3,500
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost North Westside Fire $33,500

2) Wilson's Landing Fire Department (Community Services)
• LED Lighting upgrades to embrace energy efficiency.
o Estimated cost - $5,000
• Replace current hot water tank with an on demand system. This will be energy efficient cost effect.
o Estimated cost - $4,000
• Facility Assessment of the Fire Hall. This would ensure infrastructure asset management.
o Estimated cost - $1,500
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Wilson's Landing Fire $10,500

3) Killiney Beach Water System (Community Services)
• Design and engineering for system improvements including pipe improvements, reservoir expansion, and new pressure reducing valve station.
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Killiney Beach Water $50,000

4) Trepanier Water System (Community Services)
• New water filtration equipment. This equipment is important at maintaining good drinking water quality.
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Trepanier Water $2,500

5) Westshore Water System (Community Services)
• Design and Engineering of new upper reservoir. The existing upper reservoir has reached its life expectancy and presents a risk to water quality and service reliability:
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Westshore Water $50,000

6) West Electoral Area - Lifecycle Planning (Community Services)
• Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas share in the purchase of software for tracking and assessing facilities and infrastructure lifecycle planning.
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Lifecycle Planning $1,850

7) Fintry Community Parks (Parks Services)
• Park infrastructure upgrades and installations (tables, benches, swimming floats, etc.).
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Fintry Parks $30,000

8) Westshore Estates Community Park (Parks Services)
• Park electrical service installation.
o Estimated cost - $20,000
• Park infrastructure upgrades and installations (water fountain, picnic tables, etc.).
o Estimated cost - $12,000
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Westshore Park $32,000

9) Killiney Beach Park (Parks Services)
• Park infrastructure upgrades and installations (picnic tables, benches, swimming floats, etc.).
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Killiney Park $15,000

10) Westside Community Park (Parks Services)
• Facility assessment of parks infrastructure.
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Westside Parks $1,600

Total Westside Electoral Area Proposed Gas Tax Project Cost $226,950

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.pdf icon March 23, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

9. PARKS SERVICES

9.1 Proposed 2015 Gas Tax Community Works Fund Projects (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated March 11, 2015 outlined the proposal to Gas Tax-Community Works Fund for proposed projects in the electoral areas: $226,950 for Central Okanagan West and $233,907 for Central Okanagan East.

The question was raised what renovation is planned for the Ellison Heritage Community Hall? Staff is working with the Ellison Parks & Recreation Society to look at upgrades to the lower level. What is the process to develop the list of priorities--are these the most urgently needed projects? Staff went through the priority list and discussed with the electoral area directors. Water systems have been discussed and will continue to be in the future. What is a facility assessment? It includes an asset inventory of all infrastructure the RDCO owns, a portion of the work is apportioned to the electoral areas for the assets in their areas. Finance noted this is a condition assessment inventory.

HANSON/FORTIN
THAT the Regional Board authorize the use of $460,857 of Gas Tax - Community Works Funds to complete the proposed projects listed in the project plan, dated March 11,2015 and as reflected in the 5-Year, 2015-2019 Financial Plan.

CARRIED Unanimously

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THAT the Regular Board meeting minutes of March 23, 2015 be adopted as amended;

Pg. 2 - 6.2, second paragraph change 'fire protection services' to 'fire prevention services'

Pg, 9 - 9.1, first paragraph change '$233,907 for Central Okanagan West' to $233,907 for Central Okanagan East'.
AND THAT the Special Board meeting minutes of March 27,2015 be adopted;
AND FURTHER THAT the Public Hearing minutes be received.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon Item 5.1 Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Update
.pdf icon Item 5.2 Woodhaven Eco Cultural Centre Annual Report
.pdf icon Item 6.1 Okanagan Regional Library Population Numbers For Electoral Area Levy
.pdf icon Item 6.2 Technical Rescue Service Proposal District Of West Kelowna
.pdf icon Item 6.3 Draft 2015 Budget And 2015 2019 Financial Plan
.pdf icon Item 6.3A Budget Piechart And Budgets Summary
.pdf icon Item 6.3B Tax Requisitions And Rates
.pdf icon Item 6.3C Community Services Engineering
.pdf icon Item 6.3D Community Services Waste Management
.pdf icon Item 6.3E Community Services Planning
.pdf icon Item 6.3F Community Services Fire Protection
.pdf icon Item 6.3G Community Services Policing Services
.pdf icon Item 6.3H Community Services Inspections
.pdf icon Item 6.3I Parks Services
.pdf icon Item 6.3J Finance And Administration
.pdf icon Item 6.3K Corporate Services Administration
.pdf icon Item 6.3L Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement
.pdf icon Item 6.3M Economic Development Commission
.pdf icon Item 6.3N Regional Board

.pdf icon Item 6.4 Quarterly Program Measures Report (no longer missing from RDCO's website)

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Item 6.4 Quarterly Program Measures Report

301 - Killiney Beach Water System (page 11): Surplus of $11,537 primarily due to reduced costs for leak detection and repairs and contract services. In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $408.00 to $416.16. Asset renewal fees also increased from $482 to $582. 2014 Capital Projects included two Variable Frequency Drives, a Sodium Hypochlorite system, Engineering study and review of the water distribution system, leak detection equipment, a 10 Hp pump for the Udell pump house, a Liebert UPS, and MPulse Software.

303 - Falcon Ridge System (Page 15): Surplus of $2,006 was due to higher than anticipated water service fee revenues. In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $479 to $489. Asset renewal fees have also increased from $409 to $459. Spring runoff caused a Water Quality Advisory to be issued on April 24th then removed July 4th , 2014. 2014 Capital Projects were for the water intake & new reservoir option assessments, a Liebert Ups, and MPulse Software.

305 - Sunset Ranch Water System (Page 19): Surplus of $13,374 mainly contributed to higher than anticipated connection inspection and water service fee revenues. In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $320.28 to $326.70. Asset renewal fees and water investment fees for properties greater than 0.25 ha were $219 and $1,800 respectively and remained unchanged for 2014.
Agreements are under final review for the transfer of ownership of the water utilities at the Sunset Ranch development to the RDCO, as approved by the Board for all current and future phases of the Sunset Ranch subdivision. 2014 Capital Projects were for a Variable Frequency Drive, a Liebert UPS, MPulse Software, and metering program additions.

306 - Trepanier Bench Water System (page 23): Deficit of $6,738 due to low revenue levels and deficit carryover from prior years. Water rate structure under review and a fee update is anticipated for 2015. In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $1,326.00 to $1,352.52. Asset renewal fees also increased from $532.00 to $682.00. Spring runoff caused a Water Quality Advisory to be issued on April 17'" which was upgraded to a Boil Water Notice on May 5th. All notices were removed May 27, 2014. 2014 Capital Projects were for contributions to intake improvements.

307 - Westshore Water System (Page 27): Small deficit of $620 was attributable to higher than expected costs relating to the vandalism of the Upper Reservoir. In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $408.00 to $416.16. Asset renewal fees also increased from $432.00 to $532.00. The Emergency Response Plan was enacted as a result of suspected vandalism at the Upper Reservoir. The event triggered a Water Quality Advisory. Fencing was installed as a security measure to limit access. Leak detection and improvements have led to a significant reduction in unaccounted water and energy consumption. In 2014, 172,136m3 was pumped compared to 184,371m3 in 2013, 200,680m3 in 2012 and 309,685m3 in 2011. 2014 Capital Projects were for two Pressure Reducing Valves (PRV), leak detection equipment, a Liebert UPS, MPulse Software, and fencing of the Upper Reservoir.

310 - Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun Water System (Page 31): Small deficit of $695 resulted from higher than anticipated costs for electricity, salaries, and travel. In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $408.00 to $416.16. Asset renewal fees remained unchanged at $200 for the year. 2014 Capital Projects were for MPulse software and Metering Program instailations.

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It is too hard to find each section of the missing links above so not going to break down the audio into sections for this meeting.  All the audio of this meeting are in the links above and below.

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

*Note* Below is just a snippet, please click link above for entire content

6.4 Quarterly Measures Report - Year-Ended December 31, 2014

Staff report dated March 6, 2015 reported on the summary of 2014 activities for each individual service as set out in the 2014-2018 Financial Plan. The highlights for the year are not inclusive-there are too many items to be covered for each
service. Multi-year comparative statistics by service/program are available in the full report.

OPHUS/HANSON
THAT the Year End December 31,2014 Quarterly Program Measures report be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Killiney project budgeted
by Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star - Feb 15, 2015

Upgrades to a North Westside water utility are moving ahead.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan board has approved spending up to $950,000 from reserves for a major improvement project on the Killiney Beach water system.

“The regional district will submit an application to the Build Canada-Small Communities Fund for up to $1.9 million in funding to assist with the cost of construction, which will include installation of almost five kilometres of new pipe, upgraded water intake pumps and a new 500-cubic meter cell for the upper reservoir,” said Bruce Smith, RDCO communications officer.

“The project will result in more efficient operation of the water system that was built in the early 1980s while improving service to the about 280 properties currently connected.”

Another 145 properties could be serviced by the system in the future.

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.pdf icon February 12, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 6.1 2014 4Th Quarter Work Plan And Budget Variance Report

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Water System Grant Application Supported

The Regional Board has approved spending up to $950,000 from reserves for a major improvement project on the Killiney Beach Water System. The Regional District will submit an application to the Build Canada-Small Communities Fund for up to $1.9-million in funding to assist with the cost of construction which will include installation of almost five kilometres of new pipe, upgraded water intake pumps and a new 500-cubic meter cell for the upper reservoir. The project will result in more efficient operation of the water system that was built in the early 1980’s while improving service to the approximately 280 properties currently connected. Another 145 properties could be serviced by the system in the future.

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Water Conservation and Quality Grants

The Regional Board has endorsed submitting eight applications to the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) for funding consideration under its Water Conservation and Quality grant program. Three applications are for projects proposed by the Regional District while the others are from individual non-profit organizations. The Central Okanagan region is eligible for just over $179,000 in funding through the OBWB program.

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Westside Waste Disposal & Recycling Centre

The Regional Board has adopted an amendment to the 2014-2018 Financial Plan to pay for higher than anticipated expenses in operating the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre. Reserve funds rather than increased service fees will be used to eliminate a deficit of $51,478 in the facility operation. During 2014 it cost more to dispose of an increased tonnage of yard waste that was dropped off by residents along with additional costs associated with drywall recycling.

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Septic Disposal Rate Increase

The Regional Board has approved a higher tipping fee for disposing of septic tank wastewater at the Regional Septage Facility in Lake Country. The new rate of $47.27 per cubic meter will result in the facility being funded entirely through tipping fee revenue. Since 2008, septage disposal tipping fees increased two per cent each year to $39.41 in 2014. It’s estimated that more than 14,000 single family residences in the Central Okanagan have a septic system for wastewater. The Board will be asked to approve an amendment to the Septic Tank Effluent and Regulation Bylaw to reflect the adjusted rate.

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.pdf icon February 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 2014 4Th Quarter Work Plan And Budget Variance Report

.pdf icon Item 7.2 Building Canada Small Communities Fund Application Endorsement

.pdf icon Item 7.3 Westside Waste Disposal And Recycling Centre 2014 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No 1354 2015

.pdf icon Item 7.4 Septage Disposal Tipping Fee Increase

*Note* Below are only snippets, please click links above for entire content

Item 7.2 Building Canada Small Communities Fund Application Endorsement

Purpose: To receive a Board endorsement to commit up to $950,000 for the Killiney Beach Water System Improvement project.

Executive Summary:
On October 16, 2014 the first intake of the Canada-British Columbia New Building Canada Fund - Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF) was announced. Regional District staff prepared an application targeting a major water system improvement project on the Killiney Beach Water System. This project is a high priority as currently the system is inadequate in many respects.

A requirement of the application is a Board resolution or bylaw, committing the proponent to contribute its share ($950,000) of the total eligible project costs ($2,850,000) and all the ineligible costs.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board approve committing up to $950,000 from the Killiney Beach Water System Reserve Fund to the Killiney Beach Water System Improvement project submission to the New Building Canada Fund - Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF) program.

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Item 7.3 Westside Waste Disposal And Recycling Centre 2014 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No 1354 2015

Purpose:
To provide the Board with fourth quarter year-end information pertaining to the 2014 work plan and budget variance report.

Executive Summary:
Staff are pleased to present the Year End - 4th Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report for 2014, This report indicates that most projects were either complete or substantially complete on or before December 31 '" 2014. At this time, both revenues and expenses are within anticipated budget parameters, with the following exceptions:

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Board receive this report for information.

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Item 7.4 Septage Disposal Tipping Fee Increase

Purpose:
To establish a new septage disposal tipping fee for 2015 for the Regional Septage Facility.

Executive Summary:
Since 2008, septage disposal tipping fees have increased at a rate of 2% per year from $35.00/m3 in 2008 to $39.41/m 3 in 2014. Despite the consistent increase in rates tipping fee revenue has remained relatively stagnant. Analysis of the residential septic system distribution within the Central Okanagan indicates that it is misaligned with tax requisition distribution.
Aligning septic system and tax requisition distribution is challenging given septic system distribution is not tracked and the likelihood for abrupt changes in distribution due to new large scale municipal sanitary sewer projects in areas currently serviced by septic systems.
Increasing the septage disposal tipping fee to $47.27/m3 (from 39.41/m3) would result in the Regional Septage Facility Service being funding entirely through tipping fee revenue, which is a more equitable and sustainable method of cost distribution. An increase to $47.27/m3 will result in an increase to septic system users of between $17.69 and $29.48 every three years or between $5.90 and $9.83 on an annualized basis.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
THAT the Regional Board approve increasing the current septage disposal fee to $47.27/m3

AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the Septic Tank Effluent and Regulation Amendment Bylaw for first, second and third readings and adoption.

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.pdf icon February 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. CORPORATE SERVICES

6.1 2014 - 4th Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated February 4, 2015 outlined the 4th Quarter (year-end) information and budget variance. Revenue and expenses were within anticipated budget levels with the exception of:
• Westside Transfer Station - tipping fees and transportation costs higher than expected
• Trepanier Bench Water - user rates were insufficient to cover operating costs
• RDCO Lift Stations - extra work required for flushing and odor control
• WFN Lift Station - extra work required and will be paid in 2015

BAKER/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the 2014 - 4th Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Environmental

7.2 Building Canada Small Communities Fund Application Endorsement (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated February 2, 2015 outlined the grant proposal for the Building Canada Small Communities Fund for a water system improvement project at the Killiney Beach Water System. A requirement of the application is the
commitment to contribute a share of the total eligible project costs (RDCO's commitment is $950,000 of the total eligible project cost of $2.85mil.

FINDLATER/FORTIN
THAT the Regional Board approve committing up to $950,000 from the Killiney Beach Water System Reserve Fund to the Killiney Beach Water System Improvement Project submission to the New Building Canada Fund-Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF) program.

CARRIED Unanimously

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7.3 Westside Waste Disposal & Recycling Centre - 2014-2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1354,2015, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated February 6, 2015 outlined a budget deficit of $51,478 in 2014 for the Westside Waste Disposal & Recycling Centre. The deficit is primarily due to higher than anticipated costs for yard waste management and drywall
recycling. A portion of these costs were offset by higher than projected tipping fee revenues. Operating reserves will be utilized to cover the deficit.

OPHUS/FINDLATER
THAT 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1354,2015 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 12th day of February 2015.

CARRIED Unanimously

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7.4 Septage Disposal Tipping Fee Increase (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated February 6, 2015 provided an overview of the septage disposal fees which have increased at a rate of 2% per year from 2008. Despite the increases revenue has remained relatively stagnant. Aligning septic system
and tax requisition distribution is challenging for a variety of reasons. Increasing the tipping fees would result in the regional septage facility service being funding entirely through tipping fee revenues which is more equitable and sustainable method of cost distribution.

It was queried that, with the proposed rate increase, is there a potential for septage hauling outside the RDCO, and if so, perhaps the rate increase from $39.41/m3 to $47.27/m3, be raised more slowly. It was clarified that, at this time, that concern has not materialized. In addition, other Regional Districts such as the RDNO require a chain of custody from the septage haulers to monitor septage dumping from other regions and the out of region tipping fee is much higher thereby discouraging this practice.

OPHUS/STACK
THAT the Regional Board approve increasing the current septage disposal fee to $47.27/m3;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the Septic Tank Effluent and Regulation Amendment Bylaw for first, second and third readings and adoption.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Killiney water plans pumped in
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Jan 30, 2015

A North Westside water utility could ultimately undergo some major improvements.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan board has pumped $50,000 into a preliminary design for a Killiney Beach water system project.

“It’s an older system,” said director Wayne Carson.

If the project goes ahead, RDCO officials say it will lead to a more efficient operation of the system and improved service for 280 properties.

There is also the possibility that another 145 properties could eventually be served by the utility.

“The water system is sourced from Okanagan Lake and is divided into four pressure zones supplied by four reservoirs and booster stations,” said Chris Radford, director of community services, in a report.

Designs will be considered for the removal of a lower elevation reservoir, increasing storage at an existing higher elevation reservoir and replacing pipe to help upgrade fire flows.

The expected price tag is $2 million and construction will depend on provincial and federal funding as Killiney Beach’s tax base is too small to take on the work itself.

“There will be a federal election this fall and that may loosen up some money,” said Carson.

“I’m sure small communities and water systems will be a priority moving into the election.”

Once the design work is done, RDCO will apply to the Build Canada-Small Communities Fund for project assistance.

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.pdf icon January 26, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Funding Preliminary Water System Design

The Regional Board has approved the addition of $50,000 to the first quarter Capital spending program. The money which was budgeted in 2014 but not spent is to complete a preliminary design for a major improvement project on the Killiney Beach Water System. Once the design work is done, the Regional District intends to apply to the Build Canada-Small Communities Fund to assist with the cost of construction. The project will result in more efficient operation of the water system and improved service to the approximately 280 properties currently connected. Another 145 properties could be serviced by the system in the future.

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.pdf icon January 26, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Approval For Preliminary Design Killiney Beach Water System

*Note* This is only a snippet, please click link above for entire content.

Purpose:
Further to the December 8,2014 Board Report for Q1 Capital Spending, staff request that $50,000 be added for the completion of a preliminary design in first quarter of 2015 for the Killiney Beach Water System.

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.pdf icon January 26, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

6.1 Approval for Preliminary Design - Killiney Beach Water System (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 20, 2015 outlined the request for $50,000 for the completion of a preliminary design in the first quarter of 2015 for the Killiney Beach Water System. RDCO is working towards a major capital improvement project for the Killiney Beach Water System and has an opportunity to seek funding from the Build Canada-Small Communities Fund.

OPHUS/FORTIN
THAT the Regional Board approve utilization of $50,000 as identified in the 2014-2018 Financial Plan to initiate preliminary design work for the Killiney Beach Water System;
AND FURTHER THAT the revised approved total for commitment/expenditure for Category 2 projects in Q1 - 2015 is $825,258.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Please note that there are probably new water bylaws in place since we wrote this piece.

Some info about hooking up to the new water system that RDCO told us.

You can install a stand pipe at the road if you have a building permit.  A permit for a stand pipe is good for 2 years.  If nobody complains and the RDCO doesn't investigate you after your permit for the standpipe expires, you can keep your standpipe for however long you wish.
from page 3 .pdf icon Water System Bylaw 1268
(downloaded from RDCO's website November 27, 2012)
"water service connection" means a pipe connected to a main water supply line and extending to a property line for the purpose of conveying water and includes a shut-off valve and standpipe.

You need a house with an occupancy permit or a building permit to hook up to the water system, no house or building permit, then no hookup.
from page 8-9 .pdf icon Water System Bylaw 1268
(downloaded from RDCO's website November 27, 2012)
3 Approval to Connect
3.3 Approval for connection to the water system shall not be granted until the owner or his agent:
a) Submits an Application for Connection;
b) Submits an Application for a Building Permit;
c) Submits a Capital Cost Connection Security Agreement, if applicable;
d) Pays all applicable fees and charges;
e) Complies with the provisions of this bylaw, and any other applicable Regional District Bylaws;
f) Complies with the B.C. Building Code.

You cannot sell water or let others take water off your property
 from page 10 .pdf icon Water System Bylaw 1268
(downloaded from RDCO's website November 27, 2012)
7 Prohibitions
7.2 No person shall sell any water, allow any water to be used on a parcel other than the parcel for which the water connection has been provided, or permit any water to be taken from the parcel for which the water connection has been provided.

You will receive a $550 fine if you hook up to the water system without RDCO's permission and necessary permits, and each day is a new offence.
from page 6 .pdf icon Water System Bylaw 1268
(downloaded from RDCO's website November 27, 2012)
21. VIOLATION
Any person who:
a) violates the provisions of this bylaw;
will be guilty upon summary conviction of an offence under this bylaw. Each day's continuance of an offence under this section will constitute a new and distinct offence.

.pdf icon Consolidated Ticket Information Utilization Bylaw 435
(downloaded from RDCO's website November 27, 2012)

.pdf icon RDCO TICKET INFORMATION AND UTILIZATION BYLAW 435 SCHEDULE 15 - 2009 from page 19
(downloaded from RDCO's website November 27, 2012)
Ticket Offences for RDCO Water Systems Fees and Regulation Bylaw No. 1268, 2009
Fines
1. Interference with the water system: Section 7
a) enter into or work upon the water system $ 150.00
b) make or disconnect a water service connection to the water system $ 100.00
c) uncover or tamper with the water system $ 150.00
d) block the access of a Utility Corridor or by any means change or obstruct the Utility Corridor $ 200.00
e) attach or detach any line, pipe, or other appurtenance to the water system. $ 150.00

2. Prohibitions to the water system: Schedule "A" Section 7
a) adding pumps, boosters, or other devices that have the effect of increasing water pressure higher than normal $ 150.00
b) third party sales of water from the water system $150.00
c) introducing contaminants or pollutants into the water system. $ 150.00

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How do you know the water meter is reading correctly?

The only way you would know is if you previously hauled your water and know how much water you have been using.

Consumption on our water bill was more than double than we usually use?

We may have used a little more water than we usually do after getting hooked up, but not that much.

This is our first ever water bill after hauling our water for 10 years.

We know how much water we usually use.  Twice per month we would fill up 1 - 60 gallon barrel, and 13 - 5 gallon water jugs.  That totals 750 gallons in 3 months.


click bill for a larger copy

Here is a calculator to calculate your water consumption; cubic meters to gallons

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Water service disruption for Killiney Beach homes on Monday
AM 1150 - 12/12/2014

Some customers of the Killiney Beach Water System should plan to be without water service on Monday morning.

Water will be shut off for approximately 75 homes below Westside Road while the Regional District repairs a leak in a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) at Westside Road and Kildare Way.

The work is scheduled to take place Monday, December 15th from approximately 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and will impact the following addresses:

504 to 594 Udell Road
Odd only - 9365 to 9485 Westside Road
Even only - 9454 to 9584 Westside Road
Galway Place
Kildare Way
302 to 325 Killarney Way
410 to 505 Killarney Way
9485 to 9554 Hodges Road
Blarney Place
It is recommended in advance of Monday's service interruption that customers at those addresses impacted:

Shut off hot and cold faucets and any equipment that requires water;
Store sufficient drinking water for the anticipated period of interruption;
Isolate supply to hot water tanks;
If not isolated, avoid running hot water as impurities could be drawn into the hot water tank and may cause problems with its operation;
Fill a bathtub or other large container with water to use for toilet flushing and only flush when absolutely necessary; and
Use anti-bacterial hand sanitizer for hand washing.
After completion of the repair work, Regional District staff will flush the distribution system to remove any impurities which may have entered during the repair work. Customers noticing any discolouration should run a cold water tap until the water runs clear.

Roadside notice boards will be put up in advance of crews working in the area.

If you have any questions regarding the interruption please contact Regional District Environmental Services at 250-469-6241 or email engineer "at" cord.bc.ca.

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.pdf icon November 13, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Gas Tax Community Works Funding Increase

The Regional Board has authorized an increase of just over $7,800 from the Central Okanagan East Gas Tax fund to complete a natural gas conversion and retrofit for the Ellison Fire Hall and Ellison Community Hall. Originally, the Board approved $26,760 for the energy efficiency conversions. The additional costs associated with changing the backup generator to natural gas from propane bring the total project price tag to $34,627. The project will see a reduction in annual operating costs and an estimated payback in just over 6.5 years.

Gas Tax Funding Correction

The Regional Board has authorized staff to proceed with revised project proposal requests for Community Works Fund- Gas Tax Funding totalling $165,000 for the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. A report approved at the last Regional Board meeting incorrectly indicated proposed projects would total $142,000.

There was nothing in the Highlights about Item 6.1 2014 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw

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.pdf icon November 13, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.3 Community Works Gas Tax Funding Energy Efficiencies Proposal

.pdf icon Item 5.3 Correction To Community Works Gas Tax Funding Proposal

.pdf icon Item 6.1 2014 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw

*Note* This is only a snippet, please click link above for entire content.

Purpose:
To make the Board aware of an administrative error from a previous report and seek authorization to utilize funds based on the updated information presented in the October 30th Revised Proposal for Community Works Fund.

Executive Summary:
At the conclusion of the Board meeting of October 27th, staff noticed an administrative error in the report titled "Regional District Proposal- Community Works Funding". The Gas Tax Community Works Fund funding requirements associated with the proposed projects for Central Okanagan West was reported to total $142,000. The total should have read $165,000. All other information presented in the October 27,2014 report and accompanying Proposal for Community Works Fund - Gas Tax Funding was accurate. A revised Proposal for Community Works Fund-Gas Tax Funding is attached with the accurate sub totals and total funding requests for Central Okanagan West project proposals.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board authorizes staff to proceed with project proposal requests identified in the October 30, 2014 revised Proposal for Community Works Fund-Gas Tax Funding report;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the appropriate 2014 budget amendment bylaw.

(click links above for more)

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.pdf icon November 13, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Community Works Gas Tax Funding

5.3 Correction to Regional District Proposal - Community Works Gas Tax Funding (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 30, 3024 outlined the error presented to the Board at its October 27,2014 meeting regarding the funds available for the community works funds. The proposed project for Central Okanagan West was reported to total $142,000. It should have been reported at $165,000.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board receive the report dated October 30, 2014 correcting the information presented at the October 27, 2014 Board meeting on the community works funding;
AND THAT the Regional Board authorizes staff to proceed with project proposal requests identified in the October 30, 2014 revised Proposal for Community Works Fund-Gas Tax Funding report;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the appropriate 2014 budget amendment bylaw.

CARRIED Unanimously

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5.4 Community Works Gas Tax Funding - Regional District Energy Efficiencies Proposal (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 31, 2014 outlined a proposal for conversion and retrofit of the Ellison Fire Hall and Ellison Community Hall from propane to natural gas. The cost of the project previously approved has increased from $26,760 to $34,627. At this time staff is also recommending converting the backup generator to natural gas.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board authorizes staffto proceed with the required project request as identified in the October 31,2014 proposal for Energy Efficiencies Utilizing Community Works Fund - Gas Tax Funding in 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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6. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

6.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan 2014-2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No 1352, 2014, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2014-2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1352, 2014 be given 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and adopted this 13th day of November 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon November 13, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Referral Application Supported

The Regional Board has given its support to a Front Counter BC referral application from the South East Kelowna Irrigation District. The water purveyor has applied for a License of Occupation to convert a 1.7-kilometer section of public access road near the north end and west side of Browne Lake into a private road. The Irrigation District says this would further restrict motorized vehicles and protect its watershed.

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.pdf icon Item 5.1 Frontcounter BC Referral Application For The South East Kelowna Irrigation District

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Purpose:
To consider a Front Counter BC referral application to permit conversion of a License of Occupation for a public road into a private road for a 30 year term.

Executive Summary:
The primary benefit of approval of the application is the protection of source water quality by reducing physical erosion, contamination and disruption of beneficial ecological conditions in the sensitive community watershed area. Additionally, the proposal lends support to the management plan of Browne Lake Provincial Park and the Browne Lake Ecological Reserve, aiding current regulations in these parks which both prohibit the use of motorized vehicles.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT Front Counter BC referral application for the South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKI D) to allow conversion of a License of Occupation for a public road into a private road adjacent to Browne Lake for a 30 year term be approved;
AND FURTHER THAT the Community Services Department Report dated November 4, 2014, be forwarded to Front Counter BC for their information and consideration.

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5. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Planning Services

5.1 FrontCounter BC Referral Application for the South East Kelowna Irrigation District to convert a current License of Occupation for a public road to a License of Occupation for a private road (30-year term) in the vicinity of Browne Lake (CL-14-02) Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 4, 2014 outlined the provincial referral application from FrontCounter BC for the South East Kelowna Irrigation District. The benefit of the application is protection of source water quality by reducing physical erosion,
contamination and disruption of beneficial ecological conditions in the sensitive community watershed. The proposal lends support to the management plan for Browne Lake Provincial Park and the Browne Lake Ecological Reserve.

It was noted the nine recreational lease holders at Browne Lake will continue to have access to the lease lots-this road would be gated and access provided. Toby Pike, SEKID, was in attendance and confirmed this access. Foot traffic would still be available. The question was raised of SEKID if there will be any additional fencing required, or patrolling to ensure access is limited? SEKID is working with the recreational lease holders. They are in support of this application. SEKID has tenure over the road but does not maintain it all.

BAKER/HANSON
THAT FrontCounter BC referral application for the South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) to allow conversion of a License of Occupation for a public road into a private road adjacent to Browne Lake for a 30-year term be approved;
AND FURTHER THAT the Community Services Department report dated November 4, 2014 be forwarded to FrontCounter BC for their information and consideration.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon October 27, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding
The Regional Board has approved transferring previously authorized Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding for unbudgeted improvements at the Queensway Transit Exchange. A surplus of $259,000 will be transferred from the Orchard Park Mall transit exchange improvement project in order to construct a Security Pavilion, transit sales outlet and washroom facility at the Queensway exchange.

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Gas Tax Community Works Funding Projects
The Regional Board has authorized a number of infrastructure projects for residents in the two Electoral Areas. A total of $142,000 in Federal Gas Tax Funds allocated to Central Okanagan West will be spent on upgrades to the Westshore and Killiney Beach water systems. In Central Okanagan East, $25,000 in Gas Tax - Community Works Funds will be used for equipment to reduce energy consumption for the Sunset Ranch water system. In addition, funds from each electoral area Gas Tax account will be used for a regional floodplain risk assessment and mapping project.

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Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 6.3 3rd Quarter Workplan And Budget Variance Report

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.pdf icon Item 6.2 Transfer Of Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding

.pdf icon Item 8.1 Community Works Funding Regional District Proposal

.pdf icon Item 6.3 3rd Quarter Workplan And Budget Variance Report

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Recommendation
THAT the Regional District Board approve the transfer of $259,000 of Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding from Orchard Park Mall transit exchange to construction of a Security Pavilion and Washrooms at the Queensway Exchange.

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Purpose: To seek authorization from the Board to utilize the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund.

The intent of this application is to fund projects in both Central Okanagan Electoral Area West and Central Okanagan 81ectoral Area East that are eligible the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund. The proposed projects described within this document will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and operating and capital costs. The projects are not only intended to lead to more positive environmental outcomes but also contribute to a safe and healthy community.

Project proposals include a floodplain risk assessment and mapping project and water system improvements such as water system improvement plans, leak detection equipment and water treatment equipment.

The Gas Tax - Community Works Fund funding requirements associated with the proposed projects are:
Electoral East - $25,000
Electoral West - $142.000

Executive Summary:
Federal Gas Tax Funds are provided to local governments across Canada to help fund their local infrastructure needs. Project eligibility categories have been expanded in 2014. Projects described in the attached proposal are eligible for Gas Tax - Community Works Fund funding and will provide important infrastructure improvements for Electoral Area residents.

The Gas Tax - Community Works Fund funding requirements associated with the proposed projects are:
  • $142,000 for Central Okanagan West.
  • $25,000 for Central Okanagan East.

Currently the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund comprises of:
  • $425,741 for Central Okanagan West.
  • $191,535 for Central Okanagan East.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board authorizes staff to proceed with project proposal requests identified in the October 16, 2014 Proposal for Community Works Fund-Gas Tax Funding report;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the appropriate 2014 budget amendment bylaw.

Westshore Water System $61,000 (we counted $71,000)
Killiney Beach Water System $66,000
(we counted $79,000)
Sunset Ranch Water System $10,000

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Purpose:
To provide the Board with third quarter year-to-date information pertaining to the 2014 work plan and budget variance report.

Executive Summary:
Staff are pleased to present the 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report for 2014.

The format of this report is a departure from previous Quarterly Reports and is intended to graphically illustrate that the work plan for each of our services is on schedule and on budget.
Any exceptions to the foregoing are red flagged and explained with a special notation.
This 3rd Quarter Report indicates that projects and work plans are well underway and are generally progressing as planned.

At this point in time, both revenues and expenses are within anticipated budget parameters, with the following exception:
1. Function 306 - Trepanier Bench Water:
User Rate revenues are not expected to meet or exceed expected expenses; year-end projections anticipate a shortfall between $5,500 & $6,000 that will need to be paid in next year's budget.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Board receive this report for information.

Purpose
To provide a third quarter Financial Exception Report on the 2014 work plan, to red-flag any areas of concern, to highlight items of interest and to answer any questions the Board may have.

A year-to-date budget variance chart is provided for each service, accompanied by operational details for selected services.

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6.2 Transfer of Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

City of Kelowna staff report dated October 21, 2014 outlined the requirement to redirect previously committed Regional Significant Gas Tax Funding from Orchard Park Mall transit exchange to the Kelowna Queensway Exchange. As this is a Regional District grant fund, Regional Board approval is required.

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board approve the transfer of $259,000 of Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding from Orchard Park Mall transit exchange to construction of a security pavilion and washrooms at the Queensway Exchange.

CARRIED Unanimously

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6.3 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 21, 2014 outlined the 3rd quarter work plan/budget variances to September 30,2014. The Board had previously requested a higher level quarterly measures report. The detailed year-end report with statistics will be presented in the New Year as part of the 2015 budget process.

Staff reviewed the report presented. A year-to-date budget variance chart was provided for each service. Any 'red-flag' areas of concern were highlighted. It was noted that variances in revenue and expenses are due to 2014 expenses
yet to be paid or revenue not yet received.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board receive the 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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8. NEW BUSINESS

8.1 Community Works Funding - Regional District Proposal (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 23,2014 outlined the request for Federal Gas Tax Funds under the Community Works Funding. This funding will provide infrastructure improvements for the electoral area residents: $142,000 for Central Okanagan West and $25,000 for Central Okanagan East.

EDGSON/HANSON
THAT the Regional Board authorizes staff to proceed with project proposal requests identified in the October 16,2014 Proposalfor Community Works Fund-Gas Tax Funding report;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the appropriate budget amendment bylaw.

CARRIED Unanimously

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RDCO Summer 2014 Water Talk

RDCO Summer 2014 Water Talk - Water Rate Review

RDCO Summer 2014 Water Talk - Win $5,000 in WaterWise Yard Upgrades

http://www.makewaterwork.ca/

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Take RDCO's Water System Survey until November 30, 2014 and win a $100 gift card.

We seen this in RDCO Fall 2014 Water Talk on page 2

 

2014 Fall Water Talk page 1 of 2

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2014 Fall Water Talk page 2 of 2

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posted October 25, 2014

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Fall Flushing Underway on RDCO Water Systems

The Regional District is about to begin its fall water main flushing program. This ensures continued optimum water quality and removes any sediment deposits that may accumulate over time throughout the six RDCO water systems.

The work starts the week of September 15th and is expected to be finished by October 31st. Over the seven week period, Environmental Services staff will be going from system to system flushing mains Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Roadside notice boards will be put up in advance of crews working in a particular system area.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith adds, “When flushing is taking place, water pressure can vary slightly and there may be some slight discoloration in the water. Please check your water prior to use. We recommend that you avoid doing laundry when flushing is taking place on your system. If you experience discoloration, run the cold water tap until the water runs clear.”

Customers will find more information and answers to questions they might have about the Regional District Water Main Flushing Program on the Water Systems webpage www.regionaldistrict.com/water.

The Regional District water systems service approximately 900 properties in the following areas: Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Star Place/Trepanier, Westshore and Upper Fintry - Shalal Road - Valley of the Sun.

For information visit regionaldistrict.com/water or contact RDCO Environmental Services at engineer@cord.bc.ca or 250-469-6241. To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit regionaldistrict.com/water.

(September 12, 2014)

Source: RDCO Whats New

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

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301 - Killiney Beach Water System
In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $408.00 to $416.16 and asset renewal fees increased from $482 to $582. Two 50 Hp variable frequency drives purchased for $12,894 are to be installed at the Lake Pump house. Online monitoring equipment has been replaced.

303 - Falcon Ridge System
Request for Proposal closed July 29,2014, for the Water System Design Upgrade. In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $479.00 to $489.00 and asset renewal fees increased from $409 to $459. Water Quality Advisory issued on April 23 was lifted July 4 due to the decrease of turbidity in the source water.

305 - Sunset Ranch Water System
In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $320.28 to $326.70. Asset renewal fees and water investment fees remained unchanged at $219 and $1,800 respectively. One 100 Hp variable frequency drive purchased for $9,250 is to be installed on Well Pump No. 1 for flow control.

306 - Trepanier Bench Water System
In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $1,326.00 to $1,352.52 and asset renewal fees increased from $532.00 to $682.00. Water Quality Advisory issued on April 17 was upgraded to a Boil Water Notice on May 5 then removed May 27 due to the decrease of turbidity in the source water.

307 - Westshore Water System
Final engineering work was completed and a Request for Proposals (RFP) closed May 13, 2014, for the Westshore Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Upgrade project. Notification of Water Service Interruption was issued July 29th for planned service outages during the replacement of two PRV chambers at the Evergreen and Lakewood Stations from August 1 through August 13, 2014. In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $408.00 to $416.16 and asset renewal fees increased from $432 to $532. Water Quality Advisory issued on April 10 due to suspected vandalism at the upper reservoir was lifted April 15 as additional testing indicated no adverse effects on the water quality.
Fencing around the upper reservoir was installed for security reasons at a cost of $9,500.

310 - Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun Water System
In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $408.00 to $416.16 and asset renewal fees remained unchanged at $200 for the year.

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Board

001S - Board Sub-Program Corporate Communications

Early 2014 was an extraordinary season where air quality and venting permitted open burning. The RD issued 48 news releases to advise of open burning of fire hazard debris collected in fuel modification projects this winter in four regional parks. This high level of public awareness for fuel reduction projects resulted in few calls to fire dispatch and no calls from residents complaining of detrimental effects from burning. Media attention in the second quarter focused on news releases encouraging flood preparations for waterfront property owners, closures of underpasses along the Mission Creek Greenway and two water quality advisories affecting two RDCO water systems due to higher than acceptable turbidity as a result of the spring runoff. Media attention was also received for the Open Houses and an online survey related to development of a Management Plan for Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park and a proposed Floating Dock for Shannon Lake Regional Park.

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Board
001S - Board Sub-Program Corporate Communications

Information newsletters were produced for the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre. The Water Talk newsletter will be created for distribution with the third quarter utility bills.

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6. Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-To-Date June 30, 2014

Staff report dated September 4,2014 outlined the program measures to June 30, 2014. A summary of the highlights was presented. It was noted that staff continue to review the quarterly information presented to ensure the Committee is well
informed on the regional services and issues arising.

CONDON/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30, 2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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June 13, 2014

RDCO Water Systems Annual Start for Stage 2 Restrictions

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is reminding customers of its six water systems that outdoor water use restrictions apply all year round. By following these regulations, residents will help ensure reservoirs are replenished and there’s an adequate water supply.

From June 16th to September 15th (unless other restrictions are in place) Stage 2 water restrictions are in effect for customers of the Star Place, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore water systems. That restricts outdoor watering to two days each week. RDCO water customers with even number addresses may irrigate outdoors on Saturday and Tuesday while those with odd addresses may only water on Sunday and Wednesday.

Under the Regional District Water Bylaw, customers with an automated irrigation system may only water if needed on their allotted day between midnight and 6:00 am, while people with manual outdoor irrigation must restrict their watering if needed, to between 6:00 am and 11:00 am and 6:00 pm and midnight on their respective irrigation day. If you don’t need to water outdoors on your allotted day or time period, please do not waste water.

The Regional District water systems provide service to almost 900 connections in the following areas: Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Falcon Ridge, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Star Place.

Between September 16th and June 15th – Stage 1 Restrictions are in place allowing customers to water outdoors on alternating days. Those with even-numbered addresses may irrigate on even numbered calendar days and customers with odd-numbered addresses may water outdoors on odd number days.

For more tips on water conservation inside and outside your home, visit the Regional District Water System webpage at www.regionaldistrict.com/water.

Customers may also sign up there to receive email notifications of any water advisories or special maintenance works affecting their water system.

Unless other restrictions are in place, Stage 2 outdoor irrigation restrictions run June 16th to September 15th for the six RDCO water utilities.

More information is available at www.regionaldistrict.com/water

Contact:
Communications & Intergovernmental Affairs Officer Bruce Smith
Regional District of Central Okanagan
1450 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC
V1W 3Z4
Phone: 250-469-6339
Fax: 250-763-0606
Email: bsmith@cord.bc.ca
Website: www.regionaldistrict.com

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10. DIRECTOR ITEMS

d) Director Hanson attended the Rural Health Convention. Many water quality issues were discussed.

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The Regional District to study more uses for treated water
AM1150 - 4/15/2014 -by Harry Callaghan

Bylands Nursery could save on irrigation costs

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has secured 16-thousand dollars in funding to look into a unique way of re-using treated water.

Bruce Smith, from the Regional District, says the idea is to use treated effluent water from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to irrigate plants at neighbouring Bylands Nursery.

"In essence that would eliminate the need for Bylands to pump water out of Okanagan Lake to irrigate their nursery plants and it would also help to reduce water consumption and use treated effluent in a responsible manner," he says.

Smith says the treated water is already being used in and around the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

"We use it for cleaning purposes, we use it for irrigation purposes on plants and trees and such that are planted around the wastewater treatment plant, so this would be an extension to a neighbour and a large commercial nursery operation," he says.

The owners of Bylands Nursery and the Regional District were to discuss the project this week.

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.pdf icon January 16, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.3 Service Establishment Bylaw Review Schedule

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Purpose:
To provide a schedule for a formal review of all service establishment bylaws on a regular 5 year cycle.

Executive Summary:
The Board has approved a resolution that directs staff to bring forward all service establishment bylaws for regular review on a 5 year cycle. A spreadsheet summarizing all of the regional and sub-regional services provided in the Regional District of Central Okanagan is attached to this report as Schedules "A" and "B" respectively. These spreadsheets indicate what the service is, what bylaws or regulations apply, and when the service was last reviewed. Schedule "e" attached to this report recommends the years in which these services would be reviewed by the Board based on a 5 year cycle. The recommended schedule takes into account all of the service reviews that have been recently conducted as well as trying to group services for review in a logical sequence to evenly distribute the workload as much as possible.

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5.3 Service Establishment Bylaw Review Schedule (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 9,2014 provided a schedule for formal review of all regional service establishment bylaws on a five year cycle. An outline of the services and review targets was presented for consideration.
Of note:
- Why is the STPCO (Sustainable Transportation Partnership in Central Okanagan) not in the schedule? This service is provided by the City of Kelowna it is not an RDCO service (Transportation Demand Management is for the electoral areas only). Air Quality review has been included in 2016 as that is when the STPCO agreement expires.
- Okanagan Library is not a regional service, it has its own Board and issues should be raised at their Board.

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board approve the recommended schedule of service reviews outlined in the January 9, 2014 Service Establishment Bylaw Review Schedule report.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Sunset Ranch Utility Acquisition

The Regional Board has agreed that the Regional District will acquire ownership of the sanitary sewer and water systems located within all current and future phases of the Sunset Ranch subdivision. In keeping with the Regional District Utility Acquisition Policy, it will acquire the service assets for $1.00. All existing strata corporations within the development requested the transfer of ownership to the Regional District and their members voted strongly to support the takeover of services.

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8.6 Sunset Ranch Utility Acquisition (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 29, 2013 outlined the background work Sunset Ranch Strata Golf Course Community and staff have undertaken as part of the Regional District's policy to accept ownership of on-site sanitary sewer and water system utility infrastructure of the Sunset Ranch subdivision. It was noted that costs are factored into the financial plan and are recovered by the users of the service.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board accept ownership of on-site sanitary sewer system and water system utility infrastructure located within the boundaries of the Sunset Ranch subdivision phases 1 to 5 for the purchase price of $1.00;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board authorize its signing officers to execute all documents necessary for the transfer of ownership of all existing and future on-site sanitary sewer and water system infrastructure constructed within the boundaries of the Sunset Ranch subdivision to the Regional District.

CARRIED (Ophus opposed)

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.pdf icon November 14, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1 2013 2017 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No 1338

There was nothing in the agenda about private water features because it was a Director Item

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Executive Summary:
As per previous information provided to the Board I Governance and Services Committee, amendments have been made to the 2013 - 2017 Financial Plan. All changes have been highlighted in the amended bylaw. In accordance with the Oct. 10th Report to the Board and approval re: Use of Gas Tax Community Works Fund:

303 - Falcon Ridge Water System: $100,000 Improvements in 2014.
305 - Sunset Ranch Water System: $15,000 System Improvements in 2013 and $6,000.
306 - Trepanier Water System: $6,000 Improvements in 2013.

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.pdf icon November 14, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

8.1 RDCO 2013-2017 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1338, 2013, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 7, 2013 outlined the amendments to the 2013-2017 Financial Plan. Note correction to report: 305 - Sunset Ranch Water System: $15,000 System Improvements in 2013, and $6,000 in 2014.

OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2013-2017 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1338, 2013 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 14th day of November 2013.

CARRIED

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11. DIRECTOR ITEMS

c) Joe Rich - Man-made water structure on private property
Director Hanson raised the issue of man-made water structure on private property in Joe Rich. Staff has responded to the director noting the individual raising the issue was directed to contact the provincial jurisdiction as this is not a Regional District issue.

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Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates Water Outages

Customers of two Regional District water systems will not have water for most of the day on Wednesday, October 30th.

Environmental Services staff will be inspecting, cleaning and doing maintenance on the reservoirs that service the Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates water systems in the north Westside Road area of the Regional District. This work requires staff to shut off the water to customers.

On the 30th starting at 7:00 am until approximately 1:00 pm, 250 properties that are connected to the community water system in Westshore Estates will be without water.

Customers of the Killiney Beach system that services over 280 properties will not have water from approximately 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm on the 30th as staff work on reservoir maintenance and inspection.

The Regional District’s Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “Customers should avoid using any water during the period that the scheduled work is taking place on their system. Once the work is complete on a system, we’ll send out notices to water system subscribers of our online e-notification program, advising when water service has been restored and whether any further outage will be required. Customers should check their water prior to use. If they experience any discoloration, they should run the cold water tap until the water runs clear.”

To sign up for email notifications of advisories affecting Regional District water systems visit www.regionaldistrict.com/water.

The Regional District operates six water systems servicing approximately 900 properties in Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun, Sunset Ranch and Star Place/Trepanier.

(October 25, 2013)

Source:  RDCO Whats New

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.pdf icon October 10, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Gas Tax Funding for Water/Fire Services

The Regional Board has authorized staff to proceed with a proposal to fund over $600,000 in Fire Services and Water System projects in the two Electoral Areas. The identified works would be funded through existing Federal Gas Tax Community Works Funds with $593,000 available for Central Okanagan East and $84,500 for projects in Central Okanagan West. All the proposed projects for 2014 meet the Gas Tax Funding targets by reducing greenhouse gas emissions while providing for cleaner air and water and a safer and healthier community for residents.

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High efficiency Furnace and heat pump - The current heating system is an old oil burning, inefficient furnace releasing emissions and contributing to greenhouse gases with little efficiencies. The Hall is also using inefficient window box type air conditioners and fans to control interior temperatures in the summer. A propane high efficiency furnace with a heat pump would address all climate control issues by providing reduced costs to operate and reduction of greenhouse gases.
o Estimated cost- $20,000

New LED Lighting - New LED lighting would reduce costs by using more efficient and cost effective lighting while reducing radiant heat in the summer and lowering the need for electrical and propane usage to cool the building by running the air conditioning.
o Estimated cost- $3,500

Skylight and window film - Window film will reduce radiant heat transfer and in turn reduce cooling costs. Skylight would act as a ventilation point to expel thermal heat buildup from the upper portions of the building. The reduction of thermal buildup would intern reduce workload on the air conditioner realizing additional savings both environmentally and economically.
o Estimated cost $5,000

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7. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Environmental:
7.1 Regional District Water Systems and Fire Services - Community Works Funding (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 1, 2013 provided an outline of projects identified for community works funding in the electoral areas including upgrades to the:
Trepanier water system; Wilson's Landing Fire Hall; Joe Rich Fire Hall; Ellison Fire Hall; Falcon Ridge water system; and Sunset Ranch water system. It was noted that these funds are specific to electoral areas only.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board authorizes staff to proceed with the required proposal requests for water system and fire service projects as identified in the September 27, 2013 Proposal for Water System Improvements and Energy Efficiencies Utilizing Community Works Fund - Gas Tax Funding for 2013 and 2014.

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.pdf icon September 23, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Silvoculture award from the Province of BC - Chair Hobson confirmed that the Regional District, as part of other local governments and key stakeholders and agencies been awarded a Silvoculture award. This is the first of its kind in BC, this
water-management partnership arose out of the need to protect drinking water in the Okanagan Shuswap District. This win-win approach integrated the management of forestry and livestock productions with conservation practices to protect drinking water while also promoting industry.

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.pdf icon September 12, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

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Community Services:
Engineering Services
Organizational restructuring resulted in the creation of Community Services headed up by Director Chris Radford. Community Services now oversees Environmental, Development, and Information Services. Peter Rotheisler has been promoted to Manager of Environmental Services effective January 1, 2013 and will oversee the new Supervisor of Utilities Services position filled by Mike Wyman, in addition to the Environmental and Waste Management Departments. Proposals & Tender Projects included: Sunset Ranch utilities transfer of ownership, WWTP Outfall pipe capacity review, Casa Loma lift station review, Well Head Protection Plan for Sunset Ranch wells. Six projects completed: pump upgrades at Killiney Beach Lakeside pump house, river bank stabilization and access improvements at the Falcon Ridge well site, well improvements at Falcon Ridge, Sunset Ranch access improvements at reservoir and well improvements, three new flow meters added to sanitary sewer trunks. Statutory Right of Way (SROW) acquired off Dunwaters Rd for the new water system in Upper Fintry. SROW reviews have been completed for all six RDCO water systems. Vadim Maintenance Management Software implemented for asset management of water and wastewater treatment assets. Building Permit referrals have increased 24% when compared to June 30, 2012 referrals. Bylaws Adopted: Water Systems Fees & Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1328.

301 - Killiney Beach Water System
A new lower water consumption rate threshold went into effect July 1, 2013. Bylaw No. 1328 amends all water consumed above 90 m
during the three month billing period will be charged $0.35 per m. This is updated from a 235 m threshold and is anticipated to affect less than 15% of water system customers. The Leak Detection Program, which resulted in significant savings in electricity, water and money in 2012, is continuing in 2013. Hope Creek reservoir requires a Statutory Right of Way based on SROW review. Pump upgrades at the Lakeside pump house have been completed and new fence was installed at the reservoir site. Capital Project costs to June 30 total $14,500. Improvements and updates to infrastructure database records are 100% complete. Major upgrades to improve the water system were officially complete early 2013. Provincial Towns for Tomorrow grant provided $400,000 to the overall $580,000 project that saw more than 300 new meters of watermain installed and a more than tripling of the system's reservoir, providing storage capacity of 376,000 Iitres. Effective June 16 to Sept. 15, Stage 2 Water Restrictions are in effect which restricts outdoor irrigation to two days each week based on a property's address. Watermain flushing occurred from mid-April to mid-May to ensure optimum water quality and to remove any sediment deposits.

303 - Falcon Ridge System
A new lower water consumption rate threshold went into effect on July 1, 2013. Bylaw No. 1328 amends all water consumed above 90 m
during the three month billing period will be charged $0.35 per m. This is updated from the 235 m threshold and is anticipated to affect less than 15% of water system customers. Spring runoff caused a Water Quality Advisory issued on Apr. 7 due to increased turbidity in the water system source. This WQA was upgraded to a Boil Water Notice on May 9 due to higher water levels and flows from spring runoff. Effective June 4, Stage 4 Water Restrictions were put in place, eliminating water use for outdoor irrigation. This restriction was put in place to conserve water in the reservoir for indoor water use as the well for the system was shut down for inspection, cleaning and rehabilitation work. The Stage 4 Restrictions were lifted and the BWN downgraded to a Water Quality Advisory on June 6. WQA lifted July 10 due to the decrease of turbidity in the source water. Improvements and updates to infrastructure database records are 75% complete. Engineering proposal for Well Head Protection Plan is to be submitted. Mission Creek bank stabilization to protect the well and water system is complete in addition to road access improvements at the well site and well improvements. Capital Project costs to June 30 total $28,400. Effective June 16 to Sept. 15, Stage 2 Water Restrictions are in effect which restricts outdoor irrigation to two days each week based on a property's address.

305 - Sunset Ranch Water System
A new lower water consumption rate threshold went into effect July 1, 2013. Bylaw No. 1328 amends all water consumed above 90 m
during the three month billing period will be charged $0.35 per m. This is updated from a 235 m threshold and is anticipated to affect less than 15% of water system customers. Ownership of the water utilities at the Sunset Ranch development will be transferred to the RDCO per Board approval and contingent upon 75% support from each of the five strata corporations. The transfer was requested by the stratas in order to provide a consistency and continuity in service as well as to meet long-term capital replacement requirements. Public meetings with all five stratas are complete; petitions have been received from 4 of the stratas for ownership transfer. Reservoir road access improvements and well improvements, including new check valve installation, have been completed. Capital Project costs to June 30 total $900. Effective June 16 to Sept. 15, Stage 2 Water Restrictions are in effect which restricts outdoor irrigation to two days each week based on a property's address.

306 - Trepanier Bench Water System
A new lower water consumption rate threshold went into effect July 1, 2013. Bylaw No. 1328 amends all water consumed above 90 m
during the three month billing period will be charged $0.35 per m. This is updated from the 235 m threshold and is anticipated to affect less than 15% of water system customers. Spring runoff caused a Water Quality Advisory to be issued Apr. 7 due to increased turbidity in the water system source. This WQA was upgraded to a Boil Water Notice on May 9 due to higher water levels and flows from spring runoff. The BWN was removed May 23. Capital Project costs to June 30 total $1,015. Effective June 16 to Sept. 15, Stage 2 Water Restrictions are in effect which restricts outdoor irrigation to two days each week based on a property's address.

307 - Westshore Water System
A new lower water consumption rate threshold went into effect July 1, 2013. Bylaw No. 1328 amends all water consumed above 90 m
during the three month billing period will be charged $0.35 per m. This is updated from a 235 m threshold and is anticipated to affect less than 15% of water system customers. The Leak Detection Program, which resulted in significant savings in electricity, water and money in 2012, is continuing in 2013. Spring runoff caused a Water Quality Advisory to be issued on May 12 due to increased turbidity in the water system source. The WQA was lifted May 27 after consultation with Interior Health. PRV designs are complete. Due to higher than anticipated prices from contractors the new PRV construction to be delayed until 2014. Capital Project costs to June 30 total $6,510. Improvements and updates to infrastructure database records are 75% complete. Effective June 16 to Sept. 15, Stage 2 Water Restrictions are in effect which restricts outdoor irrigation to two days each week based on a property's address. Watermain flushing occurred from mid-April to mid-May and July 30 to Aug. 2 to ensure optimum water quality and to remove any sediment deposits.

310 - Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun Water System
A new lower water consumption rate threshold went into effect July 1, 2013. Bylaw No. 1328 amends all water consumed above 90 m
during the three month billing period will be charged $0.35 per m. This is updated from the 235 m threshold and is anticipated to affect less than 15% of water system customers. Landscaping improvements were finished around the Firwood Reservoir. Minor deficiencies relating to the construction of the water system have not yet been completed. Capital Project costs to June 30 total $2,400. Statutory Right of Way was acquired off Dunwaters Rd for the new water system resulting in completion of all required SROWs. Law suit against RDCO and Peters Bros Construction, filed by property owner over the restoration of his property after gravel processing, has been moved from RDCO legal counsel to Intact Insurance, insurer for Peters Bros, to defend the action. Repayment of RDCO legal fees to date has been requested. Effective June 16 to Sept. 15, Stage 2 Water Restrictions are in effect which restricts outdoor irrigation to two days each week based on a property's address. Watermain flushing occurred from mid-April to mid-May to ensure optimum water quality and to remove any sediment deposits.

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6. Finance & Administrative Services

6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report - Year-to-date June 30, 2013

The quarterly measures report, year-to-date June 30, 2013, Executive Summary was presented for information. Staff highlighted areas of note including:
• At the end of June budgets are on track. Budget revision will come forward in regards to capital costs.
• Restructuring of staff has occurred - existing and new staff.
• Trepanier Fire - paid on call reimbursement has been received from Ministry of Forests. Surplus has been reflected in revenues. The past practice is to top up paid on call wages to $30 for incident and budget remainder into reserves. Reimbursement is reflective of what other fire departments are paid for response. The question was raised whether it sets a precedent to reimburse paid-on-call at this rate? The question was raised whether the Board need to approve a policy change or is this administrative in nature? Staff noted this is within the existing budget. Need to be consistent across other communities, staff to confirm that it is consistent in the region.

OPHUS/ZIMMERMANN
THAT staff provide a report to the Board on the policy for reimbursement of paid on call emergency response for fires such as the Trepanier Fire, confirming the practice for reimbursement is consistent in the region.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 26, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Item 6.1 Strategic Community Investment Fund Grant Receipt

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The June 2013 payment installment will total $53.5 million, consisting of $28.4 million for the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Program to help municipalities enhance policing and community based public safety programs, and $25.1 million for Small Community and Regional District Grants supporting local governments to provide services in areas with smaller tax bases.

For your Regional District, this means $56,790 was transferred to your account on or before June 28, 2013.

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development re: Receipt of Strategic Community Investment Fund (Regional District Grant-$56,790) for information only (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff noted the funds go into the administration budget to offset administration overhead recovery and upgrades to the building. In March 2013, $22,625 was received-the total received in 2013 is $79,415.

BAKER/GRAY
THAT the correspondence from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development confirming approval of the Strategic Community Investment Fund (Regional District grant of $56,790 be received for information).

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Lower Water Useage Threshold starts July 1st

The Regional Board has approved a bylaw amendment introducing a new lower water consumption rate threshold for customers of the six Regional District water systems.

Effective July 1st, all water consumed above 90 cubic meters during a three month billing period will be charged 35 cents for each cubic meter used. Customers were advised of the proposed rate change in the Spring 2013 Water Talk Newsletter and in a letter sent to them in May (View Information Letter).

Based on existing water consumption data 86 per cent of customers of the six water systems should not be affected by the new 90 cubic meter threshold.

Learn more about the RDCO water systems, outdoor irrigation restrictions and water conservation tips at www.regionaldistrict.com/water.

(June 27, 2013)

Source RDCO What's New

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Indoor residential use averages 150 litres per person per day and when outdoor use is included the average water use is 675 litres per person per day for the Okanagan (reference Okanagan Basin Water Board).

Outdoor residential landscaping accounts for a year-round average of 525 litres per person per day – for a total consumption of 675 litres per person per day.

525 litres = .525 m3 x 365 days per year = 191.63 m3 just for outdoor water .. then there is the indoor water on top of that.

150 litres = .150 m3 x 365 days per year = 54.75 m3 for indoor water

So 191.63 m3 plus 54.75 m3 = 246.38 m3 per person per year

http://www.obwb.ca/wsd/key-findings/water-use

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Did you know?

RDCO is going to allow us only 90 cubic meters of water over 3 months, when the average water use of a family of 5 over 3 months in the Okanagan is 303.75 cubic meters. Now can you imagine that most people don't have a large garden. The people with a large garden are really going to pay.

The average person in the Okanagan uses 675 LITRES of water each day. The average Canadian uses 329.

24% of ALL Okanagan water is used outside our homes - mostly on lawns and gardens

There is LESS water available per person in the Okanagan than anywhere else in Canada

675L = 0.67500m

per day a family of 5 may average 3375 Litres or 3.375 cubic meters

so per 30 days a family of 5 may average 101,250 Litres or 101.25 cubic meters.

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3.375 cubic meters per day for 90 days = 303.75 cubic meters a family of 5 would use in 90 days compared to 90 cubic meters RDCO will allow us.

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1000L = 1.0000m

Customers of the six RDCO water systems that use more than 90-cubic meters of water in a billing quarter will pay an additional 35-cents per cubic meter.

Water Stats from Okanagan Basin Water Board

Across the Okanagan Basin, indoor residential use averages 150 litres per person per day – about the same as the North American average.

Outdoor residential landscaping accounts for a year-round average of 525 litres per person per day – for a total consumption of 675 litres per person per day.

This means that during the mid-spring to mid-fall irrigation season, total residential water use by Okanagan residents averages more than 1,000 litres per person per day.

These rates of water use significantly exceed the B.C. (490 litres/day) and the Canadian (329 litres/day) averages.

Average End-Use of Water
86% of the water used by humans is for outdoor purposes: 55% is used by agriculture, 24% for residential outdoor use, 5% for golf courses , and 2% for parks and open spaces.

• Only 14% is used indoors: 7% in homes, and 7% for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

In total, an average of 219,000 million litres (ML) is used for human needs each year. The actual amount each year varies depending on climate conditions

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.pdf icon June 24, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Water Consumption Fee Threshold Reduced

The Regional Board has adopted an amendment to the Water Systems Fees and Regulations bylaw. The change means that starting July 1st, the consumption fee threshold will drop to 90-cubic meters. Customers of the six RDCO water systems that use more than 90-cubic meters of water in a billing quarter will pay an additional 35-cents per cubic meter. Previously the threshold was 235-cubic meters. Based on existing water use data, 86 per cent of customers should not be affected by the change. The Board heard from four North Westside area residents and received a petition from 200 people that opposed the change.

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5.1 Opposition to the proposed RDCO Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw (5 minutes per presenter)

Ian Kilpatrick/Harry Pospolita - Presentation of petition with 170 signatures

Diane Baldwin, President, North Westside Ratepayers Association

Marsali Maciver, President, North Westside Communities Association

 

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5. DELEGATION

5.1 Opposition to the proposed RDCO Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw

Ian Kilpatrick/Harry Pospolita, on behalf of a petition submitted in opposition to changes to the water system fees, addressed the Board.
Residents can ill afford the rate proposed. They now have 201 signatures on the petition. They believe the statistics are flawed as only an 18 month billing period is used. Comparison does not take into consideration high interface fire zone.

Diane Baldwin, President, North Westside Ratepayers Association spoke in opposition to the increase. No mention is given that the area is a semiaired area. Fear won't be able to afford to water gardens. Concerned consumption tax will continue to increase. Why increase the rates now when statistics are only over a short period of time. Asked the Board to reconsider the water consumption threshold.

Marsali Maciver, President, North Westside Communities Association spoke in opposition to the increase. Does it have to be such as drastic reduction in the threshold? Believes the people who are trying to conserve will bear the brunt of the increase.

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With Board consensus 9.5 was moved up on the agenda

Environmental Services:

9.5 Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1328 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (Stakeholder Weighted Vote [Central Okanagan West (3 votes) and Central Okanagan East Electoral Areas (1 vote)])

Staff report dated June 14, 2013 outlined the bylaw amendment which is a reduction in the RDCO water consumption fee threshold to >90m3 /billing period from >235 m3/billing period effective July 1, 2013.
Establishing a new Consumption Fee threshold of 90 m3 for all RDCO water utilities is supported by several factors:
• Many RDCO customers have been demanding that the Consumption Fee threshold be significantly reduced to encourage water conservation and ensure that heavy water users are paying for the extra costs associated with heavy water use.
• A 90 m3 quarterly threshold is in line with the second tier Consumption Fee threshold within our member municipalities, with the exception of the District of Peachland.
• The 90 m3 quarterly threshold (360 m3 annualized) is close to Environment Canada's average household water consumption estimate for British Columbia of 325 m3/year
• Based on a scatter plot of the 4,978 quarterly water consumption values for RDCO water utilities over the last 1.5 years, 90 m3 per quarter threshold represents a clear transition between heavy water users and average to below average water users.

Peter Rotheisler addressed the bylaw amendment:

In March 2012, new water rate structure was approved. Since that time, there has been feedback from customers to reassess the consumption fee, Current fee reviewed - only exceeded on 3% of utility bills in 1.5 years.
Supporting factors - user pay structure, conservation is critical, the cost of water will increase, 90m3 threshold is in line with conservation by other member municipalities.
Financial implications - it is difficult to estimate due to short record and behaviour change but it is estimated there will be between $3-$5,000 in additional revenue in 2013.
Staff will continue to review the water rate.
Misconception that the proposed change will result in a significant fee increase.
Discussion:
- There are consumers who have requested this change and there is a responsibility to move toward conservation of water.
- The actual implications are very minor. If a water waster will need to pay.
- This same discussion happens at every municipality across the valley and residents oppose rate increases.
- Is the base rate set high enough to cover what it really costs to operate the systems? That was the basis for running a financially sustainable system.
- Would it be feasible to change the billing system so not to hit the threshold in the summer? It is important to ensure users are paying for the water they use and not hiding the water used. Billing frequency is set quarterly and provides
the opportunity for information to be provided on the water system. It also provides an opportunity to determine any possible leakage detection.
- 80-85% of fees are fixed fees whether threshold is changed or not.
- Cannot customize water rates based on individual needs.
- How many users are there in the electoral areas? There are six separate systems, 869 users throughout the electoral areas (approximately 580 users in the two North Westside electoral area).
- Staff noted the protest petition represents incorrect information and therefore they do not believe it is a valid petition.
-The idea that water is free is a long past - it is a scare commodity in the region. It costs to provide and administer a water service and it will only increase over time. IHA requirements continue to be a concern and will cost all water users in the future.
- What is the actual impact on a user? The worst impact would be just over $200 per year. Those exceeding 235 m3 costs will be about $50 per quarter.
The average consumer uses approximately 54.7 m3 per % billing. Base rate is base rate regardless.

EDGSON/HANSON
THAT the Regional Board endorse a reduction in the RDCO Water Consumption Fee threshold to >90m3/billing period from >235 m3/billing period effective July 1, 2013;
AND THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1328, 2013, be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 24th day of June 2013.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon March 28, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned about UBCM Resolution requirements to exempt necessary water works projects from electoral approval

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6.2 Union of BC Municipalities re: 2012 Resolutions Endorsed by UBCM Membership (for information) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
UBCM's letter of February 15th outlined the RDCO's resolutions which were supported at the 2012 UBCM Convention and the provincial response to UBCM. The resolutions were in regards to: provincial judicial resources dealing with dangerous dogs and requirements to exempt necessary water works projects from electoral approval.
EDGSON/ZIMMERMANN
THAT the February 15, 2013 correspondence from UBCM regarding the 2012 resolutions endorsed by UBCM's membership and the provincial response be received for information.
CARRIED

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.pdf icon March 14, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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.pdf icon January 17, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.2 Upper Fintry , Shalal Road And Valley Of The Sun Water Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No . 1311

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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL OKANAGAN BYLAW NO. 1311

Being a bylaw to amend the Regional District of Central Okanagan Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, and Valley of the Sun Water Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 1254, 2009

WHEREAS the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan established by Bylaw No. 1254, cited as the Regional District of Central Okanagan Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, and Valley of the Sun Water Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 1254, 2009, a service to provide for the design and construction then continued operation of a water distribution system.
AND WHEREAS the Regional Board deems it necessary to amend the boundary of the said service area to reflect the final boundary as determined by construction limitations;
AND WHEREAS the Regional Board has received a valid petition in accordance with Section 797.4 of the Local Government Act to amend the said service area boundary:
to include: LOT: A PLAN: KAP71773 DISTRICT LOT: 2920
and to exclude: LOT: 22 PLAN: 16594 DISTRICT LOT: 3842

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5.2 Regional District of Central Okanagan Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun Water Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1311, 2012, Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/BASRAN
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun Water Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1311, 2012 be adopted this 17th day of January 2013.

CARRIED

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8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Letter to Surveyor of Taxes
The question was raised whether a response has been received from the Surveyor of Taxes as to their collection responsibility should a landowner not make payment on their property taxes. Staff will ensure a response is circulated to the Board when it is received.

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.pdf icon December 10, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 9.1 Ticket Utilization Amendment Bylaw (Sewer, Water, Planning and Design to Public Works Manager)

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AND WHEREAS it is deemed necessary to amend the Ticket Information Utilization
Bylaw No. 435;
NOW THEREFORE the Regional District of Central Okanagan in open meeting
assembled enacts as follows:
• Schedule 1, 2009 (iv) of Bylaw No. 435, shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with Schedule 1, 2012 attached hereto and forming part of this bylaw (amendments below)

a. Amend #13: Regional District of Central Okanagan Westside Sewer Systems Bylaw No. 1315, 2012
Enforcement: Bylaw Enforcement Officer, Public Works Manager

b. Amend #14: Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Bylaw No. 1268, 2009
Enforcement: Bylaw Enforcement Officer, Water Systems Operator

c. Amend #16 Engineering Services Planning & Design Manager change to Public Works Manager

d. Add #22: Regional District of Central Okanagan Central Okanagan East Sewer Systems Bylaw No. 1316,2012
Enforcement: Bylaw Enforcement Officer, Public Works Manager

2. Schedule 14, 2006 of Bylaw No. 435 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with Schedule 14, 2012 attached hereto and forming part of this bylaw: Schedule 14 to apply to the new Regional District of Central Okanagan Westside
Sewer Systems Bylaw No. 1315, 2012

3. Add new Schedule - Schedule 29 for new Regional District of Central Okanagan Central Okanagan East Sewer Systems Bylaw No. 1316,2012. Schedule 29 attached hereto and forming part of this bylaw.

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9. NEW BUSINESS

9.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Ticket Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1320, 2012, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ticket Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1320, 2012 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 10th day of December 2012.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Sunset Ranch Utilities Ownership
The Regional Board has agreed to an agreement to take over ownership of the water and sanitary sewer utilities of the five strata corporations at the Sunset Ranch development. Before proceeding with a legal agreement, the transfer requires the support of at least 75% of the members of each strata corporation. The stratas have requested the Regional District take over ownership to provide a consistency and continuity in service as well as meeting long-term capital replacement requirements. In addition, water and sewer works constructed in future development phases would be transferred to the Regional District’s ownership.

Killiney Beach unused Gas Tax Funds reallocated to Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road
A reduction in the Killiney Beach capital work program for 2012 resulted in unused Gas Tax Funds. A portion of these funds ($38,000) and use of the remaining available COW Community Works Fund ($14,000) for a total of $52,000 would be applied to infrastructure improvements in the UF/Shalal/VOS water system.

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.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 9.1 Central Okanagan West Community Works Gas Tax Fund (Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road)

.pdf icon Item 9.2 Sunset Ranch Water And Sanitary Sewer Utilities Ownership

.pdf icon Item 10.1 2012-2016 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw (Killiney Beach and Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road amendments)

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9. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
9.1 Transfer of Funds from Central Okanagan West Community Works Fund Gas Tax (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 19, 2012 outlined the requirement to utilize available community works fund gas tax funds from Central Okanagan West towards surfacing of local roads and storm water control and ditching required during construction of the Upper Fintry/Shalal RoadNalley of the Sun water system.

OPHUS/GIVEN
THAT the Regional Board approve the transfer of funds from the Central Okanagan West Community Works Fund in the amount of $52,000 to the Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun water system.

CARRIED

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9.2 Ownership of the Sunset Ranch Water and Sanitary Sewer Utilities (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 22, 2012 outlined the issues related to several water 'service complaints over the last few years from Sunset Ranch residents pertaining to: lack of pressure in their water service, staining of their plumbing fixtures, lack of adequate reserves for capital replacement, and that a Strata does not have the training, working knowledge for operation and maintenance of a large utility.
The developer, Acorn Communities, and the five strata incorporation presidents have requested that the Regional District take over the water and sanitary sewer utilities that are located within the boundary of the strata properties.

It is noted that bylaws are in place that would allow for a transfer of ownership between the strata corporations and the RDCO, as well the RDCO Utility Acquisition Policy provides for the public utility to own all larger water distribution mains and sewer mains to the residential lot services. Should the Board approve moving forward, each of the strata corporations would be required to obtain a minimum of 75% support from their respective property owners'. It is expected that this would be achieved.

A discussion ensued:
• What is the financial impact of taking over the system? RDCO already owns the expensive equipment that would need to be replaced in the future. The strata corporations own the pipes in the ground. A $1.00 transfer as per policy. Service costs are included in the rate schedule. There should be minimal impact to residents. Asset renewal is the largest cost and has already been included in the rate schedule. The operational cost would be flushing of mains and that would be minimal.
• The system was originally installed with Regional District staff engagement.
A consultant was involved with review of the system.
• There have been water quality issues in the past and IHA is aware of this.
There needs to be more controlled flushing system.
• This system is not like a true utility acquisition. RDCO currently has a stake in the system and would be only taking over the pipe supply. There are no concerns with the water supply and the water quality issue is being addressed. This would be controlled better if the RDCO owns all of the system as regular flushing would occur. The Regional District has the qualified staff to monitor and perform maintenance. The strata corporations do not.
• Any additional costs associated with the utility stays with the utility. The risk comes with public health and water quality. We hold the operating permit and this would improve our risk by operating the system fully.

HANSON/BLANLEIL
THAT subject to final approval from the five Sunset Ranch strata to transfer ownership of their sanitary sewer and water systems, the Regional District agrees to accept ownership of the sanitary sewer mains, manholes, water mains, water valves
and fire hydrants that are located within the boundaries of Sunset Ranch strata subdivision phases 1 to 5: Strata KAS2471, KAS2623, KAS2814, KAS3281 and KAS3573;
AND FURTHER THAT all future water and sanitary sewer works constructed on later phases of the development become the property of the RDCO Sunset Ranch Water and Sewer Utilities that are currently owned by the Regional District.

CARRIED (opposed Ophus)

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10. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

10.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan 2012-2016 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1317, 2012 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

An amendment bylaw to the 2012-2016 Financial Plan is required to reflect revised budget changes to various services including the Killiney Beach Water System, and Fintry/Valley of the Sun Water System.

EDGSON/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2012-2016 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No.1317, 2012 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 26th day of November 2012.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 8, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

No Proposed Water Feasibility Study

The Regional Board has received a report from staff on a proposed feasibility study for a water system to serve properties in the Paradise and Trepanier areas of the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. Almost two-thirds of property owners in the areas that responded to an online questionnaire did not support the idea of establishing a community domestic water system that would provide fire flows. Based on the lack of support from the community, the Board agreed not to consider a feasibility study for at least three years.

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Short-term Borrowing Bylaw

The Regional Board has approved a short-term (under five years) borrowing bylaw to finance the Stage 3 upgrade expansion of the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Up to $3-million will be borrowed through the Municipal Finance Authority, with the principal portion of the debt to be repaid at least each year and interest payable monthly. The debt repayment is budgeted in the current RDCO Five Year Financial Plan.

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5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

5.1 Update on the Feasibility Study for the Proposed Paradise Valley Water System (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 30,2012 outlined the results of the Board requested survey to determine the support of Trepanier residents regarding their interest for a possible water system in this area. A letter and survey were sent out to residents outlining the facts of establishing both a water system and fire service including capital and operational costs. Out of 80 letters sent to property owners, 57 were returned to the online survey. Results were overwhelmingly against paying for the estimated capital costs.

It was noted that fire protection will continue to be an issue in rural areas such as Trepanier and that interface and structural fires may impact bordering municipalities. It will be important for residents to continue to take measures to protect their property from fire.

EDGSON/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board receive staff report dated October 30, 2012 and not proceed with a feasibility study for the proposed Paradise Valley Water System;
AND FURTHER that a feasibility study for a community water system in this area not be considered for a period of three years based on the resident survey information.

CARRIED

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7. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

7.1 2012-2016 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1314,2012, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff provided an overview to the Board on the budget amendments required for the 2012 Financial Plan, including:
- Trepanier Bench transfer from Community Works Fund Gas Tax Reserve
- Wastewater Treatment Plant - amendment covers HST which is not recoverable, and administrative costs, capital costs which was missed in the initial budget. Biosolids work moved forward. DCC costs less than anticipated.
-Killiney Community Hall - RDCO does not own the hall so cannot include capital costs - transfer to the contractor for capital (housekeeping)
- Regional Parks/Westside Parks - total projects not changed, funds moved to other projects - Board approval has previously been given to the projects

CONDON/BASRAN
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2012-2016 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1314,2012 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 8th day of November 2012.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 8, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

.pdf icon Item 6.2 Briefing On 2013 - 2017 Financial Plan


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48 customers have hooked up to Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road new community water system

59 property owners paid $17,230 up front, to build Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road new community water system

82.4% of Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road property owners elected or were forced into the charges to build the new community water system on their property tax amortized over 30 years.

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6. Finance & Administrative Services

6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report (Year-to-Date - September 30, 2012)
Staff report dated November 1, 2012 outlined the program measures report year to- date September 30, 2012. Staff highlighted the executive summary comments.

- Corporate Services
o Recruitment process for new CAO has begun

- Waste Reduction
o Launch of paper reduction program
o Commercial waste quantities reduced by 2.8%
o Curbside collection radio frequency identification system
  • 1331 non-compliant customers identified and contacted, only 52 reoffenders
o Recycling - market downturn, budget effect

- Environmental Services
o Falcon Ridge Water - exploratory drilling for a new well
o Trepanier Bench Water - fire effects - 110 risk evident
o Leak Detection program for Westshore Water resulted in 43% reduction, and at Killiney Beach 20% of m3 pumped
o RDCO lift stations/collector systems - all pumps being investigated for deterioration
o Killiney Beach Water - reduction to scope of upgrade
o Reduced clerical staff by 0.5 FTE
o WWTP - Stage 3 design work completed.

- Information Systems
o MOU Lake Country has yet to sign the agreement. Concern regarding 2013 impact to partners if Lake Country does not sign on.

- Development Services
o School site acquisition
o Inspection Services - staff reduction
o Dog Control- review report received in October. Implementation plan will be coming forward for Board consideration.
o Noxious insect control - low complaint numbers.

- Protective Services
o Trepanier Fire
o Black Mountain grass fire
o Wilsons Land Volunteer Fire Department - volunteer fire chief leaving

- Regional Rescue
o 4 total EOC activations, 27 ESS activations
o Operation exercise - Sept 13
o Review of service is under way

- Parks Services
o Parkland acquisitions - 3 properties closed
o Mission Creek - upgrade to playground
o Trepanier Creek Greenway fire
o Bear closures
o Interpretation programs 8% increase in participants

- Crime Stoppers
o Vehicle donated to the program
o Sponsorship packages being developed
o Tips provided lead to info on two major homicides

- EDC
o Recruitment of United Airlines flights into Kelowna
o Export development - increased interest from China

- Purchasing
With the hiring of a purchasing manager, total quantifiable savings to date are $201,902, including risk reduction to RDCO, time savings for managers and staff and stronger contracts.
It was noted that the full report is in the Board's Reader file.

Discussion
-It was noted that West Kelowna is interested in receiving further information on the RFID program and staff will update Council in the future.
-West Kelowna will look at trunk lines in the near future. It's a low priority for them.
-School site acquisition - approved by the Province, developers will be required to pay a fee in the future.
-Information provided to Kelowna for review of boundary extension.
-What are the financial implications of reduced recycling and reduced income is there a way to offset costs? Staff is focusing on reduction programs (paper free program) paying less processing costs when it ends up in the recycling bins - it's the only thing that can be done to offset costs. Material is not being returned to the landfill. There is no shutdown for recyclables. The material that is recycled here is sent to relatively local markets (not China) plastics go to the Lower Mainland, paper to Washington. We can stockpile if required but there is no ability for reduced transportation costs as we use local markets. Where does the money go for electronics? The Electronics Stewardship of BC - they run the program, collecting, marketing, hauling, processing and they fund depot operations.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures report year-to-date September 30, 2012 be received for information.

CARRIED

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6.2 Briefing on 2013-2017 Financial Plan & Overview of the Process

Staff report dated October 30, 2012 outlined general impacts to consider during the 2013-2017 Financial Plan discussions. Full reporting will be completed through the budgeting process beginning in February. General impacts for 2013 were highlighted as a heads-up for the budgeting process.

BAKER/CONDON
THAT the 2013-2017 Financial Plan overview be received for information.

CARRIED

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New Water Rate Structure Approved

The Regional Board has approved a new water rate structure for the Killiney Beach, Westshore, Star Place/Dietrich and Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun water systems. Information Meetings will be held in April for these systems to explain the rates and answer questions.

A new rate structure for Falcon Ridge and Sunset Ranch will be determined after the Area Director consults with customers.

Effective April 1st, a consumption-based billing rate is in effect for all customers of the RDCO six water systems. This rate is 35-cents per cubic meter for all water used during a three month billing period in excess of 235 cubic meters. View Rate Structure Information

The Regional District administers six water distribution systems. These vary in size with the smallest system encompassing eight properties and the largest system encompassing over 700 properties. See table below.

We have links to help you Conserve Water inside and outside your home, learn more about our Outdoor Irrigation Restrictions, check our latest Newsletter and how to contact us if you have any Water Problems. There's also detailed information regarding our Infrastructure Asset Management Program.

For more information go to RDCO's website page for water

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Ceremonial Toast Celebrates Newest RDCO Water System

The champagne flutes were filled with clean, cold and clear water and raised in a toast to celebrate the completion of the newest Regional District of Central Okanagan water system. .pdf icon View Photos

Members of the community gathered today to officially open the Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun water system. Since construction of the water mains was completed in the spring, more than 50 properties have been connected, with another dozen in various stages of the connection process. The subdivisions located off Westside Road were previously without access to a community water supply and sufficient water pressure for full protection against fire.

"Thanks to this project more Westside residents now have access to a safe, reliable drinking water," said Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla. "Our government will continue to invest in local infrastructure priorities as we focus on creating jobs, supporting growth and building strong, prosperous communities."

"This community water system brings both reliability and increased fire safety to residents living in the Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun subdivisions," said Ben Stewart, Member of Legislative Assembly for Kelowna Westside. "The grants provided to the Regional District through Towns for Tomorrow and Canada's Gas Tax Fund for this project helped this area address its infrastructure needs while creating jobs and supporting the economy."

The Regional District received more than $800,000 in funding to help offset the cost of building the new water system, including $407,500 from the federal Gas Tax Fund and $400,000 from the provincial government's Towns for Tomorrow funding program. Property owners within the water service area contributed or financed $17,230 each.

In addition to new water mains, a new well and pump station was built to support the system in the lower Fintry Delta area. As well, various control buildings and two reservoirs, with a total storage capacity of 1,746 cubic metres of water, were also constructed.

"This new $6-million water system, the sixth operated and maintained by the Regional District, saw the installation of approximately 12 kilometres of water mains providing both treated water and fire flows to more than 340 properties in the three areas," said Robert Hobson, Regional District Chair. "None of these properties have ever had domestic water service and residents have had to make their own arrangements to get water."

The Regional District currently operates and maintains five additional water systems servicing more than 800 properties in the Sunset Ranch, Westshores, Killiney Beach, Falcon Ridge and Trepanier areas.

Canada's Gas Tax Fund provides stable, long-term funding to local governments to help them build and revitalize public infrastructure. In December 2011, the Government of Canada passed legislation to make the Gas Tax Fund a permanent annual investment of $2 billion per year.

The Government of Canada has engaged provinces, territories, municipalities and key stakeholders in a series of roundtables to guide the development of a new long-term infrastructure plan that will support job creation, economic growth and prosperity. We have heard that we are on the right track: there is a need for strong, sustained investment and we must continue to work together moving forward. To improve infrastructure across Canada and leverage new investment, our new long-term plan will encourage greater use of public-private partnerships while respecting the capacity of Canadian taxpayers.

"A key outcome of the federal Gas Tax Fund is to see investments in projects such as this one in the Central Okanagan that result in cleaner water for BC residents," said UBCM President Mary Sjostrom. "The Union of BC Municipalities is pleased to see the completion of new local government infrastructure projects aimed at securing clean reliable drinking water systems."

For additional information about investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca. For additional information on infrastructure investments in BC, visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/regions/bc/bc-prof-eng.html.

For information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

(October 30, 2012)

Source - RDCO What's New

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.pdf icon October 22, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Water Rate Petition Received

The Regional Board has received a letter and petition from the North Westside Ratepayers Association. The petition was signed by people concerned about the water rate structure introduced earlier this year. The new rates introduced an asset renewal fee and marked the first time that a water consumption based rate was charged to customers of the six water systems operated and maintained by the Regional District.

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7.4 North Westside Ratepayers Assn - Petition Against RDCO (Central Okanagan West) Water Rates Bylaw No. 1307 (for information)

The North Westside Ratepayers Assn provided a letter dated September 26, 2016 and petition signed by individuals regarding increased water rates to the area of Westshores, Killiney Beach, Valley of the Sun and Upper/Fintry/Shalal Road that was approved earlier in 2012 with the adoption of Bylaw No. 1307.

Staff noted that information was provided to residents prior to the bylaw being approved. In addition in April there was an open house. In June, further information was provided and residents knew at that time the rates had been approved and seemed to be accepting of the situation at that time. Staff were surprised this would come back at this time. The Board was reminded that this is a regional responsibility of which the Board has an obligation to ensure water utilities are in good shape and protected for the future. Nobody is happy about increased rates but residents need to realize this is what is required to ensure clean, safe water. The rates are similar to other local governments. It was noted that some petitioners signed the petition multiple times.

EDGSON/BLANLEIL
THAT the September 26, 2012 letter from the North Westside Ratepayers Assn and petition regarding the new water rates (Bylaw No. 1307) be received for information.

CARRIED

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9. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

9.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun Water Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No.1311, 2012, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun Water Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1311, 2012 be given first, second and third readings this 22nd day of October 2012.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 20, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about purchasing commitments for Okanagan Centre Harbour South Breakwater, North Westside Fire Pumper Trucks, Hardy Falls Bridge Replacement, or Diesel Generator sets for Upper Fintry community water system.

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7. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

7.1 Information Report - Purchase Commitments > $100,000 During Second Quarter 2012 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated July 30, 2012 outlined the budgeted purchase commitments exceeding $100,000 of the RDCO during the second quarter ending June 30, 2012.

EDGSON/CONDON
THAT the Regional Board, as per section 4.6 of the RDCO Purchasing Policy, receive for information the report on the purchase commitments which exceeded $100,000 made during the second quarter ending June 30, 2012.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 20, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.2 New Water System Information Report.pdf

Agenda No: 7.2
Date: August 20, 2012

REGIONAL DISTRICT of CENTRAL OKANAGAN FINANCIAL SERVICES BOARD REPORT

TO: Board Directors
FROM: Marilyn Rilkoff, Director of Finance and Administration
DATE: August 20, 2012
SUBJECT: Information Request from July 23,2012 Board Meeting re: Upper Fintry Shalal Road & Valley of the Sun Water System

The information provided in this report was requested in a resolution from July 23, 2012:
#174112 OPHUS/BAKER

THAT staff report, using the Fintry, Shalal Road, Valley of the Sun Water System as the example, on what would occur should a landowner not make payment for their water system-whether there is liability to the RDCO or the taxpayers in the region, and what is the value of a lot relative to the obligations of the security issuing bylaw.

For the Board's information:
If a landowner elected not to make the lump sum capital cost prepayment to the RDCO, the capital cost will automatically be financed over 30 years and requisitioned annually to the Surveyor of Taxes as a parcel tax, starting in 2013.

The Surveyor of Taxes then pays the full amount of funds requisitioned by the RDCO each year, to the RDCO by August 1st, even if SOT has outstanding taxpayer accounts. In other words - If the owner of a parcel does not pay the taxes to the Surveyor of Taxes, there is no risk to the RDCO or taxpayers in the region - the funds are still transferred. The Surveyor of Taxes takes on the collection responsibility.

It should be noted that the Surveyor of Taxes adds a charge of 5.25% onto each tax notice item, over and above what is requisitioned, and keeps the additional fee as revenue.

Out of 336 parcels, 247 have minimal or no improvements. The average assessed land value for all parcels is $76,227.

Marilyn Rilkoff, CMA
Director of Finance and Administration

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7.2 Information Request from July 23, 2012 Board Meeting Re: Upper Fintry/Shalal Road & Valley of the Sun Water System (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

As per Board direction at its July 23, 2012 meeting, staff provided for the Board's information what would occur should a landowner not make payment for their water system and whether there is liability to the RDCO or the taxpayers of the region. There isn't a liability to the RDCO as the Surveyor of Taxes collects the tax from electoral area residents and pays it directly to the RDCO, thereby taking on the collection responsibility. The security for the liability is the value of the property noting that property values have doubled in the area particularly since a water system has been installed.

OPHUS/HANSON
THAT the August 20, 2012 staff report regarding the information request on what would occur should a landowner not make payment for their water system (using Upper Fintry/Shalal Road & Valley of the Sun Water System as an example) be received;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be requested to write the Surveyor of Taxes and request written confirmation as to their collection responsibility should a landowner not make payment on their property taxes.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon July 23, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

New Water System Borrowing Bylaw
The Regional Board has approved a Security Issuing Bylaw in order to borrow $4,902,846 to finance the newly completed Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, Valley of the Sun water system. Owners of 56 of 336 parcels that are served by the system have prepaid the $17,230 cost of construction while the remainder will finance their share over 30 years through financing provided by the Municipal Finance Authority.

Gas Tax Funding For Water System Upgrade
The Regional Board has authorized spending Canada-BC Community Works Funds – Gas Tax Program funds to purchase and install important monitoring equipment for the newest water system in the Regional District. $26,500 will be used for an additional equipment to ensure consistent remote monitoring of the works for the Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun water system.

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7. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

7.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Security Issuing Bylaw No. 1310, 2012, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated July 23, 2012 outlined that the security issuing bylaw is related to the cost of borrowing from the Municipal Finance Authority for the Upper Fintry, Shalal Road & Valley of the Sun water system.

The questions were raised how many of the 336 parcels of land are vacant; what is the liability in general to the RDCO should a land owner not make payment for their water system, and what is the value of the lots relative to financial obligations for the water system?

EDGSON/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Security Issuing Bylaw No. 1310, 2012 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 23rd day of July 2012.

CARRIED

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT staff report, using the Fintry, Shalal Road, Valley of the Sun Water System as the example, on what would occur should a landowner not make payment for their water system-whether there is liability to the RDCO or the taxpayers in the region,
and what is the value of a lot relative to the obligations of the security issuing bylaw.

CARRIED

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8. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

8.1 Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun Water System Community Works Fund - Gas Tax Program (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated July 16, 2012 outlined the need for $26,500 in Community Works Fund - Gas Tax Program funds to be allocated for additional communications equipment and associated installation costs for the Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun Water System. It was noted the unallocated Central Okanagan West Gas Tax funds are currently $47,000.

EDGSON/ZIMMERMANN
THAT the Regional Board authorizes a transfer of Community Work Funds - Gas Tax Program from the Central Okanagan West fund in the amount of $26,500 for additional communications equipment and associated installation costs for the Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun Water System.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon July 12, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Updated Water Rates for Two Systems

The Regional Board has adopted amendments to the Water Systems Fees and Charges Bylaw. The changes restructure water rates for the Falcon Ridge and Sunset Ranch water systems located in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area and reflect the same rate restructuring introduced earlier this year for the Regional District’s four other water systems. The new rates include a User Fee and an Asset Renewal Fee and take into consideration the unique annual operation and future capital infrastructure replacement reserve needs for each water system. A new Consumption-based residential rate of 35 cents per cubic metre for all water used in excess of 235 cubic metres during a three month billing quarter was adopted for all six water systems in March.

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.pdf icon July 12, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Water System Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw.pdf

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Following adoption of the proposed amendment bylaw, the proposed rates will begin immediately in the 3rd quarter period (July-September), appearing for the first time on the October 2012 utility bills. These rates are consistent with the Board adopted rate structure to fund capital renewal requirements to a 50% funding level for required projects over the next 20 years in Central Okanagan West water systems.

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.pdf icon July 12, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

6.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors [as only one stakeholder] - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated July 4th outlined the background and consultation process requested by the Board prior to consideration of amendments to the fees and charges bylaw for all parcels located within the service area boundary of the Falcon Ridge Water System and the Sunset Ranch Water System. It was noted the Regional Board adopted similar fees and charges to the Central
Okanagan West water systems (Bylaw 1307) earlier in the year to a 50% funding level.

At the request of the area director, Staff was directed by the Board to hold an open house in the electoral area (Falcon Ridge and Sunset Ranch) to address any public concerns. No property owners attended the Falcon Ridge open house out of approximately 55 residents. The Sunset Ranch session was attended by approximately 50-60 residents--at that time the main concern was the ownership issue (five individual strata are involved). Staff continue to discuss options with Sunset Ranch keeping in mind RDCO's policy on water systems.

In light of the request by the area director for a capital renewal fee to achieve 30% of replacement cost, staff highlighted the difference in rates from 30% to 50%. In Falcon Ridge and Sunset Ranch it would amount to approximately $50 per year; in Sunset Ranch $100 for the second year. The current fees are artificially low with the systems being underfunded. Assets need to be protected for the future and fees need to be consistent in the electoral areas and for possible government funding applications in the future. Water resource is extremely important and there is an obligation to look to the future and protect that resource.

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1309, 2012 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 12th day of July 2012.

CARRIED (Hanson opposed)

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.pdf icon June 14, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

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.pdf icon June 14, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

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.pdf icon June 14, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Shorts Creek Risk Assessment

The Regional Board has received a report prepared by Urban Systems assessing conditions posed by continued erosion from high water levels and flows in Shorts Creek in the Fintry Delta area near Fintry Provincial Park. The Board has asked Regional District staff to continue efforts to quickly bring together Provincial Government ministries and agencies to further discussions and possible short-term actions to reduce the potential impacts of further creek erosion and flooding issues that may be caused with future heavy rainfall and protect both road infrastructure and properties.

There is no Agenda document about Shorts Creek Risk Assessment because this was a late item added to the Agenda of the Governance and Services meeting.

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Open house on water rates set
By Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star - June 03, 2012

The contentious issue of North Westside water rates will be the focus of a meeting June 19.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan will hold an information open house for the Killiney Beach, Westshore, Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun water systems.

“Staff will be on hand with information and to answer questions regarding the water rate restructuring and consumption-based billing,” said Bruce Smith, communications co-ordinator.

There is a consumption based residential rate (35 cents per cubic metre for all water used in excess of 235 cubic metres during a three-month billing period) for the utilities for Killiney Beach, Westshore and Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun.

There will also be a user fee and an asset renewal fee. For Westshore Estates, the user and asset fees will amount to $632 per property, while it will be $682 for Killiney Beach and $600 for Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun residents.

RDCO officials state the increases are necessary to build up reserves for future utility upgrades, but the ratepayers association questions that approach.

However, the North Westside Communities Association and the North Westside Ratepayers Association have been critical of the levies.

During the open house, information will also be available about water conservation, water meters and recent grants for capital projects and infrastructure improvements. The session runs at the Killiney Beach Community Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a presentation at 7 p.m.

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.pdf icon May 28, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

Director Item - Director Jim Edgson audio about fixing Westside Road and about having another Water Rates meeting June 19, 2012 for the North Westside Road area.

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April 10, 2012 Letter from NWRA and NWCA about North Westside Road water systems rate increase

Letter from NWRA and NWCA about North Westside Road water systems rate increase
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.pdf icon May 10, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Gas Tax Funding Applications

The Regional Board has approved submission of two applications for possible Federal Gas Tax funding for two large projects.

One application for the Gas Tax Innovation Fund is for up to $2-million in upgrades to the Killiney Beach Water System. The system, built in the 1980’s requires significant upgrades to ensure adequate storage capacity to meet demands while meeting water quality objectives.

The second application is to the Gas Tax General Strategic Priorities Fund for approximately $1-million to upgrade the existing effluent pipe into Okanagan Lake from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The existing pipe which discharges treated and disinfected water into the lake was installed in 1988 and is nearing capacity and a second pipe would be installed to meet future needs.

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RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board endorses an application for funding through the Gas Tax- Innovations Fund for eligible costs associated with the Killiney Beach water system upgrades to approximately $2,000,000.

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8. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

8.1 Gas Tax - General Strategic Priorities Fund - Approval of Application for Effluent Outfall Upgrade - Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant
(All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated May 3, 2012 outlined the opportunity for the Regional District to apply for gas tax funding under the General Strategic Priorities Fund for eligible costs of approximately $1 mil associated with the effluent outfall upgrade - Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

EDGSON/OPHUS
THAT the Regional Board endorses an application for funding through the Gas Tax General Strategic Priorities Fund for eligible costs of approximately $1,000,000 associated with the Effluent Outfall Upgrade - Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

CARRIED

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8.2 Gas Tax - Innovations Fund - Approval of Application for the Killiney Beach Water System Upgrade (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated May 3, 2012 outlined the opportunity for the Regional District to apply for gas tax funding under the Innovations Fund for eligible costs of approximately $2mil associated with upgrades to the Killiney Beach Water System.

EDGSON/ZIMMERMANN
THAT the Regional Board endorses an application for funding through the Gas Tax Innovations Fund for eligible costs of approximately $2,000,000 associated with the upgrades to the Killiney Beach Water System.

CARRIED

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9. DIRECTOR ITEMS

It was noted that various municipalities, as well as the Regional District received approval of various grant applications including the Joe Rich Community Sport Rink Upgrade, Westshore Community Park, and Regional Trails to Health Project.

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.pdf icon April 12, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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.pdf icon April 12, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

There is nothing mentioned in the Minutes about Director Edgson meeting with residents of Trepanier / Star Place, you can check for yourself on RDCO's website.

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.pdf icon March 30, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Special (Budget) Board Meeting

There are no Highlights of RDCO's board meeting for this special budget meeting

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Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files March 30, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Budget COW Director Edgson Garbage and Water - .wma (1.67 MB)

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More about the budget here

.pdf icon March 30, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special (Budget) Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Water Utility Rates Bylaw No. 1307, 2012.pdf

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Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files March 30, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Budget Public - Dave Robertson - .wma (4.36 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files March 30, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Budget Public - Marsali MacIver questions water rates and Director Jim Edgson responds - .wma (4.80 MB)  (This is where Director Jim Edgson explains how he consulted with North Westsiders and Marsali MacIver said that he consulted with only 4 people at the Seniors lunch LOL.. good one Marsali!)

More about the budget here

.pdf icon March 30, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special (Budget) Board Meeting Minutes

4.2 Public Comment on 2012 - 2016 Financial Plan

Chair Hobson opened the floor to any members of the public who wished to comment on the 2012 - 2016 Financial Plan.

Marsali Maciver, Central Okanagan West Electoral Area - expressed concern regarding the increase in water rates and questioned why North Westside residents didn't have consultation before rates were increased. It was noted that the area director has addressed residents at various community meetings. Staff circulated information directly to each resident
informing them of the changes proposed. The Board has agreed to the 50% increase at this time. An open house will be held in the community on April 18th.

Dave Robertson, North Westside resident - would like a public meeting on the water rates being imposed, not just an open house. Do water rates go into the specific service or general revenue? The RDCO does not have a general revenue account. Revenue goes directly into the service and remains as an asset of that service. How is the money going to be spent?
Staff noted that the intent of the public information session is to go over the water improvement for future upgrades and asset capital 20-year renewal plans.

Staff noted that as a result of the Urban Systems report received in February letters were sent to residents to highlight the funding gap and long term concerns regarding each water system. Residents have had the opportunity to contact staff or the director with any concerns or questions.