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Issue 6, February 8, 2013 of the Peachland View

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  • Every week... Every house... Every business WWW.PEACHLANDVIEW.COMFEBRUARY 8, 2013 | VOLUME 09 | NUMBER 6

    PEACHLAND VIEW

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    Visitor centre and district seeking creative solutions to support service expansion Joanne Layh Peachland View

    As the primary school renovation project progresses towards completion, Peachland Visitor Information Centre (VIC) staff are still seeking creative solutions to help meet increased funding de-mands associated with the expanded service they plan to provide in the new building.

    As a designated anchor tenant, the VIC hopes to occupy their space in pri-mary school building by the May long weekend, provided the renova-tion project remains on schedule.

    VIC tourism services coordinator Loretta Robinson says addition-al funding is needed not because theyre moving to a new building, but

    because they will be in-creasing the services they deliver. Once in the new building, the VIC will operate more space for visitor information, as well as a gift shop and an interpretive centre that will include a bat education station.

    Robinson says the new location, increased profile, easier access, better identification and recent online and social media marketing efforts will also contribute to increased activity in the centre.

    Were anticipating were going to at least double the visitations and then we will have a staff problem, Robinson said in a presentation to the committee of the whole last month.

    One of the things that will build our shoulder season is that interpretive centre. We have so much interest in that interpre-tive centre that will bring people. Not only that, as we all know, we had an amazing space revealed in the hall and will be working with the arts council to develop some-what of a Peachland art gallery, Robinson said. That building is going to be a tourism experi-ence in itself.

    However, with in-creased services offered

    VIC to offer expanded services in new digs

    Continued on page 2

  • 2 FeBrUArY 8, 2013PEACHLAND VIEW

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    Monday Feb. 11

    Tuesday Feb. 12

    Wednesday Feb. 13

    Thursday Feb. 14

    Friday Feb. 15

    Saturday Feb. 16

    Sunday Feb. 17

    50+ Activity Centre 11-12:30 pm VARIETY SINGERS Mini-Concert & Luncheon 1:15 -4 pm PEACHLAND QUILTERS Demonstration 7-9pm WOODCARVERS Open House

    4th Street Place 6:30-7:30 pm Youth Dance Show Featuring Creator's Arts Studio, DanceCity Academy, and

    Sarafanov Ballet Company

    Library 7 - 8 pm Author/Speaker: Darcie Hossack Mennonites Don't Dance

    Community Centre Banquet Room 11 am - 2 pm PINCUSHION QUILTERS Open House Peachland Wellness Centre 1:30-3:30 pm SUNSHINE SINGERS Love-In Open House

    Community Centre Banquet Room 10 am- 2 pm ART GROUP Open House

    4th Street Place10 am ARTISANS SHOWCASE

    set up and registration of exhibitors7 pm ARTISANS EVENING RECEPTION

    4th Street Place10-4 pm ARTISANS SHOWCASE featuring local artists

    1 pm Ocial Opening and Awards Peachland Little Schoolhouse 10 am 4 pm DEMONSTRATIONS by local artists also FRIDAY ART CLUB EXHIBIT with Roberta Farrelley

    4th Street Place 11-4 pm ARTISANS SHOWCASE OPEN HOUSE

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    also come increased costs and the VIC has requested Peachland council consider a sig-nifi cant increase in the fee for service contract the centre has with the district.

    The VIC (under the umbrella of the cham-ber) received $48,000 from the district through a fee for service con-tract in 2012 and last month came to Peach-land council requesting for a $49,000 increase in 2013 to help pay for increased marketing costs and an additional permanent staff mem-ber associated with the delivery of increased ser-vices.

    In their presentation to the committee of the whole, Robinson and Peachland Chamber of Commerce president Rob Campbell asked council to give their request consideration during current budget deliberations.

    While the efforts of the

    VIC drew praise from Peachland council, a signifi cant budget com-mitment seems unlikely to be forthcoming.

    I wouldnt support increased funding, Councillor Hall said. My primary responsibil-ity is to the taxpayers of Peachland.

    Councillor Moberg questioned the VICs delivery projections for 2013: I dont see a big expansion this year that we can justify a 100 per cent increase or better.

    Mayor Keith Fielding suggested that district staff and council work with the chamber and VIC to fi nd creative solu-tions elsewhere.

    Its obviously going to be a very hard sell to get taxpayers to fund the kind of increases that youre looking for and I think we have to fi nd ways to engage the busi-ness community more aggressively in funding these initiatives, Mayor Fielding said. This is a very diffi cult budget year for us as well. We have

    the full cost of policing. Weve got a number of initiatives including economic development recommendations, now the chamber recommen-dations and BC Transit system proposals and a number of projects that are really competing for pretty scarce dollars. Its really a time for us to get creative with you about how can we move this along and support the goals that you have in mind and do it in a way that isnt a burden to the taxpayers.

    Since their presen-tation to council, the chamber and VIC have been in talks about ways to fi nd alternative fund-ing sources, Campbell told The View this week.

    Right now were still talking. Were all trying to come up with some creative ways to deal with this, Campbell said.

    Council will continue budget deliberations over the coming weeks before adopting a 2013 fi nan cial plan.

    VIC to expand servicesContinued from page 1

  • FeBrUArY 8, 2013 3PEACHLAND VIEW

    Joanne LayhPeachland View

    The bylaw adjudica-tion system that allows area residents involved in minor bylaw infractions to take their disputes to an independent adjudi-cator working outside the traditional court-room will soon have the participation of the Re-gional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO), the province announced last week.

    The Ministry of Justice program offers area resi-dents involved in minor bylaw infractions such as zoning and animal con-trol complaints to resolve bylaw disputes using an adjudication system.

    The process of dealing with bylaw infractions through a court system can be time consuming and costly, Penticton MLA Bill Barisoff said. This new adjudication system reduces the time required to resolve dis-putes, and diminishes pressure on the courts without increasing costs to taxpayers.

    The adjudication sys-tem eliminates the roles of court and court regis-tries in the administration and hearing of these dis-putes. The system also allows each local govern-ment to determine which bylaws it wants included. According to the prov-ince, the RDCO plans to use the new system to ad-minister zoning, business licensing, animal control, water, and other bylaw disputes.

    The cities of Kelowna and Penticton, the dis-tricts of Lake Country, West Kelowna, Peach-

    land and Summerland, the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and the Town of Oliver already participate in the regional program that was spearheaded by Peachland chief adminis-trative offi cer Elsie Lemke several years ago.

    Peachland and various neighbouring municipali-ties joined the program several years ago but until now the RDCO has been a holdout in the region.

    Going back over the last number of years the original board asked staff frequently why we werent participating in it and at that time it was never really seen as being an economically viable reason for us to join but over the last year its be-come more viable for the regional district, regional district communications and i