Coldstream isn’t putting a for sale sign up at the Sato House just yet.
Although the district previously decided to sell the property at the corner of Aberdeen and Kalamalka roads, it is now holding off any land decision.
Some councillors are pleased to see the property being retained for now.
“Some of us were not convinced that the Sato property be sold at all,” said Coun. Pat Cochrane.
Coun. Gyula Kiss adds: “At the moment we have the house rented and it is bringing in revenue.”
Any decision on the property is being deferred until the Official Community Plan Review is completed.
Women’s Institute fees set
Rental fees have increased, and in some cases doubled, at the Women’s Institute since the District of Coldstream has taken over operation.
The Kalamalka Road hall previously charged a flat $20 per hour rate.
Now Coldstream has broken the rate structure into two categories – $25 per hour for youth groups, non-profits and other charity-type groups and $40 per hour for all others.
“All of the other groups have been notified of the fee structure and are OK with it,” said Trevor Seibel, Coldstream’s CAO.
Fees were also set earlier this year by the Regional District of North Okanagan for all area parks and facilities.
“All those rates have stayed fairly consistent,” said Seibel.
Coldstream would like to see the province do more to support Restorative Justice, but for now is giving what it can to the local society.
The Restorative Justice Society – North Okanagan had requested a grant of $3,588.64 from Coldstream, after the Regional District of North Okanagan recently denied its request to become a regional service.
Traditionally Coldstream has contributed between $1,000 to $2,000 to the society, so is contributing $1,500 this year.
But several politicians say this society is one which should fall under provincial support.
“The justice minister, I’ve talked to her about this, they are investigating how they can support this,” said Mayor Jim Garlick, adding that no provincial support is likely anytime soon. “She said they’d like to see anything that moves things out of the courts.”
Coun. Peter McClean agrees that Restorative Justice should be B.C.’s responsibility.
“They’re putting it back on us for things that should be provincial.”
Buy Local! Buy Fresh!
An inaugural effort to map out Okanagan farmers and markets harvested a successful year. Therefore an expanded map is back for 2014.
The Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Okanagan map was initiated in 2013, offering local farmers and markets a place to pinpoint their locations. The map was distributed from Armstrong to Oliver – 8,000 copies at visitor centres, hotels and select businesses.
“Feedback from farms, advertising businesses and community members was very positive,” according to Buy Local BC Initiative co-ordinator Shayne Wright. “Users liked the map and hoped to see it expand in future, while farmers and advertisers reported new customers and sales as a result of the map.”
Coldstream is making an investment in road safety.
The district is purchasing a speed reader board – the estimated cost is $8,800.
The reader will serve as an educational tool to assist in getting motorists to adhere to local speed limits.
To help recover some of the costs, Coldstream is offering to rent the speed reader to Armstrong, Enderby and Spallumcheen.