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LETTER: Summerland council should run like a business

Real estate, roads and recreation should be priorities

  • Nov 24, 2022

 

The Knights of Columbus annual nativity scene atop Terrace City Hall on Dec. 14, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Northern B.C. officials ban nativity scene from Terrace city hall roof

The move reflects a 2015 Supreme Court of Canada decision

 

In his first act as mayor of Summerland, Doug Holmes has appointed a deputy mayor in coun. Erin Trainor for a four year term. (File photo)

Summerland mayor will have deputy mayor by his side

‘Having 2 leaders makes us stronger,’ said Coun. Erin Trainer who is the new deputy mayor

 

Summerland’s new mayor and council will be sworn in on Nov. 7. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland’s new council will be sworn in Nov. 7

Priority setting and budget items will be immediate focus of new council

Summerland’s new mayor and council will be sworn in on Nov. 7. (Summerland Review file photo)
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Summerland is one of three churches in Summerland granted a permissive tax exemption. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland churches, trout hatchery given permissive tax exemption for 4 years

Trout hatchery and three churches affected by amendments

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Summerland is one of three churches in Summerland granted a permissive tax exemption. (Summerland Review file photo)
An aerial map showing the location of fire hydrants to a property that was looking to be subdivided in Keremeos. The request to avoid having to install another fire hydrant was rejected by council. (Village of Keremeos)

$75k watermain upgrade walls Keremeos subdivision

The senior couple who own the property wanted to split it in two

An aerial map showing the location of fire hydrants to a property that was looking to be subdivided in Keremeos. The request to avoid having to install another fire hydrant was rejected by council. (Village of Keremeos)
The City of Penticton has closed the Skaha Marina boat launch to replace it. (City of Penticton)

Penticton’s Skaha Marina and Sudbury Beach getting upgrades

A new boat launch and a better beach walkway are part of the projects underway

The City of Penticton has closed the Skaha Marina boat launch to replace it. (City of Penticton)
David and Amanda Horvath look over the looming cliff of a landslide behind their home at 5412 McConnell Crescent in Terrace, B.C. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

Couple’s ‘dream home’ at risk of sliding into northwest B.C. river

Families look on helplessly as property erodes into river behind them

David and Amanda Horvath look over the looming cliff of a landslide behind their home at 5412 McConnell Crescent in Terrace, B.C. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
Doug Holmes (Contributed)

Holmes to seek position as Summerland mayor

Doug Holmes has been involved in local government and community work

Doug Holmes (Contributed)
Current Keremeos Mayor Manfred Bauer will not be seeking reelection in 2022, after spending 17 years at the village council table.

3-time Keremeos mayor leaving politics

Mayor Manfred Bauer won’t be seeking re-election after 17 years at village council

Current Keremeos Mayor Manfred Bauer will not be seeking reelection in 2022, after spending 17 years at the village council table.
Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming announces he will seek a second term in office outside city hall Wednesday, Aug. 24. (Roger Knox -Morning Star)

Vernon mayor seeks second term

Victor Cumming wrestles with decision to serve another four years

Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming announces he will seek a second term in office outside city hall Wednesday, Aug. 24. (Roger Knox -Morning Star)
Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming announces he will seek a second term in office outside city hall Wednesday, Aug. 24. (Roger Knox -Morning Star)

Vernon mayor seeks second term

Victor Cumming wrestles with decision to serve another four years

Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming announces he will seek a second term in office outside city hall Wednesday, Aug. 24. (Roger Knox -Morning Star)
Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)

City of Penticton on budget despite inflation and unexpected costs

Largest portion of increased revenue comes from higher than average building permits

Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)
Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)

B.C. city repeals 130-year-old bylaw banning drunken singing

City of Nanaimo retains bylaw banning nuclear weapons, but takes several other bylaws off the books

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)
Eastside Road as well as other areas near Okanagan Falls are being recommended for inclusion in a possible future municipality. (Brennan Phillips/ Penticton Western News)

Okanagan Falls could become its own municipality

The results of the study will be discussed by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen board

Eastside Road as well as other areas near Okanagan Falls are being recommended for inclusion in a possible future municipality. (Brennan Phillips/ Penticton Western News)
Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)

Penticton looking to borrow $12.9 million for water projects

Expansions to Ridgedale Reservoir and the wastewater plant have ballooned in cost

Penticton City Hall. (Western News - File)
Tiny Town was the creation of the late Jim Allen and modelled after his hometown of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. (File photo)
Tiny Town was the creation of the late Jim Allen and modelled after his hometown of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. (File photo)
Giants Head Road in Summerland will undergo some road upgrades. At the April 25 Summerland council meeting, council adopted the loan authorization bylaw. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: Municipal budget and taxes are not always straightforward

Numerous factors affect property taxes in Summerland

  • Jun 9, 2022
Giants Head Road in Summerland will undergo some road upgrades. At the April 25 Summerland council meeting, council adopted the loan authorization bylaw. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The approved design for the new Station Street plaza. (Town of Oliver)

Oliver council approves Station Street redesign

The project will soon be put up for contractors to bid on

The approved design for the new Station Street plaza. (Town of Oliver)
Smoky skies at The Peach Ice Cream Shop in Penticton on Sunday, Aug. 1. (Monique Tamminga/Penticton Western News)

Calgary-based company offered over 60% more than locals on Penticton Peach bid

The awarding of the Peach contract to Freshly Squeezed Lemonade caused uproar in the community

Smoky skies at The Peach Ice Cream Shop in Penticton on Sunday, Aug. 1. (Monique Tamminga/Penticton Western News)