Municipal Government

Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu (second from right) had a recent chance to give rural MLA colleagues Roly Russell (from left), Brittny Anderson, and Katrina Conroe a tour of the Vernon Public Art Gallery. The Regional District of North Okanagan has come up with a new financial plan for a Greater Vernon Cultural Centre. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Approval sought for smaller, cheaper Greater Vernon cultural centre

Scope of project size drops, reducing cost; alternate approval process in place to borrow funds

Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu (second from right) had a recent chance to give rural MLA colleagues Roly Russell (from left), Brittny Anderson, and Katrina Conroe a tour of the Vernon Public Art Gallery. The Regional District of North Okanagan has come up with a new financial plan for a Greater Vernon Cultural Centre. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Lake Country Council is meeting over the Okanagan Regional Library's decision to move from the District Hall to some soon-to-be vacant portables. (David Venn - Calendar Staff)

Average Lake Country homeowner paying $111 more in taxes

Tax increase of 5.88 per cent adopted by council

Lake Country Council is meeting over the Okanagan Regional Library's decision to move from the District Hall to some soon-to-be vacant portables. (David Venn - Calendar Staff)
Plans are underway for a project that would see a gondola built near Vernon, climbing 1,600 feet above Kalamalka Lake. A first hurdle has been cleared as Regional District of North Okanagan electoral area directors voted unanimously in favour of having staff prepare an OCP and zoning amendment bylaw for the property. (File photo)

Directors keep North Okanagan gondola project moving

Regional district electoral area directors feel proposed gondola project above Kal Lake is worth looking at

Plans are underway for a project that would see a gondola built near Vernon, climbing 1,600 feet above Kalamalka Lake. A first hurdle has been cleared as Regional District of North Okanagan electoral area directors voted unanimously in favour of having staff prepare an OCP and zoning amendment bylaw for the property. (File photo)
North Westside residents can get a start on prepping their properties in case of an emergency this spring. The Regional District of Central Okanagan has located two self-serve sand and sandbag stations at the Killiney Beach and Westside Road fire stations. (Black Press file photo)

North Westside preparing for spring flooding

Sand and sandbags located at North Westside fire halls for those who want to get a head start on their properties

North Westside residents can get a start on prepping their properties in case of an emergency this spring. The Regional District of Central Okanagan has located two self-serve sand and sandbag stations at the Killiney Beach and Westside Road fire stations. (Black Press file photo)
Regional District of Central Okanagan electoral area director Wayne Carson encourages all Central Okanagan West residents, and particularly those in North Westside communities, to become involved in upcoming engagement opportunities and to follow the progress of the newly formed Central Okanagan West governance and services study committee. This is not an incorporation study says RDCO. (Michael Hintringer Photo)

Governance study committee named for North Westside

A 12-member committee has been formed by the Regional District of Central Okanagan

Regional District of Central Okanagan electoral area director Wayne Carson encourages all Central Okanagan West residents, and particularly those in North Westside communities, to become involved in upcoming engagement opportunities and to follow the progress of the newly formed Central Okanagan West governance and services study committee. This is not an incorporation study says RDCO. (Michael Hintringer Photo)
An independent task force will examine compensation for Summerland’s municipal council. (Summerland Review file photo)

Task force to review pay for Summerland council members

Remuneration and benefits will be considered, with changes taking effect Jan. 1, 2023

An independent task force will examine compensation for Summerland’s municipal council. (Summerland Review file photo)
Area residents shared their fondest memories of the Oyama Library and what the branch means to them in a video filmed Sept. 28, 2021, by Alison Beaumont. (YouTube)
Area residents shared their fondest memories of the Oyama Library and what the branch means to them in a video filmed Sept. 28, 2021, by Alison Beaumont. (YouTube)
Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. (Contributed)

Kelowna rep on urban mayors’ caucus encouraged by B.C. budget

‘Funding signals province’s commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in B.C. communities’

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. (Contributed)
The district of Lake Country is proposing a 6.12 per cent tax hike for 2022. (District photo)

6.12% tax hike on tap for Lake Country

Public input considered at budget meeting

The district of Lake Country is proposing a 6.12 per cent tax hike for 2022. (District photo)
Former Spallumcheen councillor Dave Brew died at age 84 Jan. 27. (Contributed)

Former Spallumcheen councillor dedicated to community

Three-term township councillor Dave Brew died Jan. 27 at age 84

Former Spallumcheen councillor Dave Brew died at age 84 Jan. 27. (Contributed)
The City of Vernon has been reimbursed by B.C. Wildfire Services for setting up a camp at Kin Race Track for firefighters from across the province battling the White Rock Lake Wildfire. (Morning Star file photo)

City of Vernon receives wildfire expenses payback

More than $500K coming to city coffers after 2021 wildfire season

The City of Vernon has been reimbursed by B.C. Wildfire Services for setting up a camp at Kin Race Track for firefighters from across the province battling the White Rock Lake Wildfire. (Morning Star file photo)
Ron Ewert has been named the new fire chief for North Westside. He starts Feb. 22. (RDCO photo)

New fire chief for North Westside

Ron Ewert comes to Okanagan from Vancouver with plenty of experience

Ron Ewert has been named the new fire chief for North Westside. He starts Feb. 22. (RDCO photo)
Mayor Chris Pieper was joined by other dignitaries as ground was officially broken on a new Armstrong city hall building Thursday, Jan. 27. The new hall will be located across the road on Bridge Street from the current 105-year-old city hall building. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Ground broken on new Armstrong city hall

Facility across the road from existing 105-year-old city hall hopes to open in late fall 2022

Mayor Chris Pieper was joined by other dignitaries as ground was officially broken on a new Armstrong city hall building Thursday, Jan. 27. The new hall will be located across the road on Bridge Street from the current 105-year-old city hall building. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon-based Okanagan Valley Feeds is the first business ready to break ground in a proposed agri-hub in the Township of Spallumcheen in 2022. A survey on the hub is being conducted by the township. (okanaganvalleyfeeds.com)

Survey vital for agri-industry future in Spallumcheen

Relaunch of 2021 survey happening this week; township looks to enhance opportunities in proposed hub

Vernon-based Okanagan Valley Feeds is the first business ready to break ground in a proposed agri-hub in the Township of Spallumcheen in 2022. A survey on the hub is being conducted by the township. (okanaganvalleyfeeds.com)
The City of Armstrong has launched a new website at the same address (cityofarmstrong.bc.ca).

City of Armstrong launches new-look website

Address remains the same; site looks to improve overall experience for residents, users

The City of Armstrong has launched a new website at the same address (cityofarmstrong.bc.ca).
Construction on two new drive-thru restaurants in Vernon: Triple O’s and Popeyes on 27th Street, is just one of the developments adding to the city’s record year of construction. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Big year for building in Vernon

A record $173.5 million in building permit values collected by city in 2021

Construction on two new drive-thru restaurants in Vernon: Triple O’s and Popeyes on 27th Street, is just one of the developments adding to the city’s record year of construction. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Two concept plans have been prepared by City of Vernon staff for a proposed park at the old Kin Race Track site off 43rd Avenue and staff was prepared to discuss the plans at the regular meeting of council Jan. 10. But the matter was deferred two weeks as two councillors were absent. (City of Vernon photo)

Vernon council defers discussions on Kin Race Track plans

Two plans were ready to be presented by staff; council deferred for two weeks with two colleagues absent

Two concept plans have been prepared by City of Vernon staff for a proposed park at the old Kin Race Track site off 43rd Avenue and staff was prepared to discuss the plans at the regular meeting of council Jan. 10. But the matter was deferred two weeks as two councillors were absent. (City of Vernon photo)
Cannabis for sale in the retail market. The City of Vernon plans to reduce its application and licensing fees. (Black Press files)

Vernon trims retail cannabis application, licensing fees

Council votes to cut application fee by 50 per cent, bring licensing fee in line based on store size

Cannabis for sale in the retail market. The City of Vernon plans to reduce its application and licensing fees. (Black Press files)
Sparwood mayor David Wilks. (File photo)

‘We don’t have the capacity’: East Kootenay Mayor takes aim at COVID health orders

With limited resources, local governments and private businesses are under too much strain from public health orders according to Sparwood Mayor David Wilks

Sparwood mayor David Wilks. (File photo)
The City of Vernon reminds business owners it’s licence renewal time, and fees are due Jan. 1, 2022. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon business licence renewal fees due

Fees for local business owners are due Jan. 1, 2022

The City of Vernon reminds business owners it’s licence renewal time, and fees are due Jan. 1, 2022. (Morning Star - file photo)