Final reading and adoption of City of Penticton budget

The budget passed in 6-1 vote with Coun. Helena Konanz voting in opposition.

Council voted on March 7 to give final reading and adoption to their 2016 to 2020 five-year financial plan bylaw, which includes a 5.5 per cent rise in the city’s tax requirement.

Coun. Judy Sentes raised the issue of the business tax multiplier, which council voted in 2014 to gradually reduce to 1.5 by 2018.

”I am wondering if it is still council’s intent to follow that very aggressive strategy, or if we wish to pause. Perhaps it would be great to defer that for a year and allow for input from our community.”

Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said that topic would be coming before council in April. The budget passed in 6-1 vote with Coun. Helena Konanz voting in opposition.

Disc golf

The Penticton Disc Golf Club asked for formal Licence to Use agreement for the course they have been using for the last five years. The 9-basket course, set up through the area to the west of the community gardens on Vancouver Hill and the north end of Townley Street, near the esplanade was set up in 2011, when council authorized an initial one-year trial.

The request for a formal agreement came about after Penticton Rotary offered $10,000 to improve the course. The new agreement covers the next three years, at a rate of $1 per year.

“One of the nice things is it is very easy three years from now … to move some of those targets to another location, so it is not a permanent installation,” said Jakubeit. “It is great for Rotary to step up and offer this.”

Council voted unanimously to approve the Licence to Use.

Vendor changes

Council voted unanimously to give three readings to an amendment to the Fees and Charges bylaw supporting changes to the city’s street vendor and food truck policy, including a tiered pricing structure.

Eagles Patio

The Fraternal Order of Eagles are seeking changes to their liquor licence in order to add an exterior patio to their club at 1197 Main St. If approved, the patio will add 24 patrons to their current capacity of 98 and be open from noon to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

“There is a history of noise complaints on this property,” said Ken Kunka, building and permitting manager, noting that a wall had been extended to ameliorate the noise.

Council voted unanimously to have staff move on to public consultation, with a report coming back to council on April 4.

Sculpture stays

The May Pole sculpture within the Front Street roundabout will be staying where it is a little longer, after a request from the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen and the Naramata Community School Centennial Committee to allow it to stay until May 31. This is the second time an extension has been requested, and Coun. Judy Sentes suggested council consider requesting the sculpture be left in place until something else is ready to install there.

“My understanding is they do want to remove it and take it to Naramata as part of their festivities on the May long weekend,” said Lori Mullin, recreation and culture manager.

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