Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)

Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)

Technical issues leave some Sickle Point Questions unanswered

RDOS staff were on hand to answer what questions they could about the proposed $2.5 million purchase

Around 100 people showed up for the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen’s electronic town hall on Kaleden’s Sickle Point on Jan. 13.

Not all of their questions about the $2.5 million purchase of the undeveloped lakeshore property were answered, as technical issues led to town hall coming to an early end.

The questions that were asked covered a range of concerns for the RDOS on details about the alternative approval process, the future of the property and the borrowing bylaw itself, which one resident characterized as a ‘forced tax’ upon residents.

“First of all, it’s not a forced tax. It’s up to citizens in the area of the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Service if they want the Regional District to purchase that property, then they would be taxed,” said Bill Newell, the regional district’s chief administrative officer.

READ MORE: Sickle Point Saved?

Some residents, in Twin Lakes and St. Andrews, had questions about why they were being asked to participate in the borrowing byalw. Every time the RDOS borrows money, they are required to have a service area they attach the borrowing to.

“This service, borrowing money to purchase parkland, was appropriate to come through the Kaleden Parks and Rec Service area, that’s why it proceeded through that area,” said Christy Malden.

The change in taxation also wouldn’t occur until 2022, after the deal to purchase the property has gone through and negotiations on the amount needed to be borrowed and the rate of repayment is completed.

At the time the RDOS made their information document laying out the potential yearly tax rate changes, the interest rate was 2.24 per cent, but since then the rate has decreased, noted RDOS financial manager Jim Zaffino.

The RDOS launched their efforts to consider purchasing the process after the Kaleden Community Association and the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission asked for assistance. Newell also noted that the RDOS had seen a broad expression of interest in preserving the land.

READ MORE: RDOS seeking alternate approval of loan to purchase Sickle Point

Sickle Point’s legal access route was negotiated between the provincial government and the owner of the property, which was decided to be through the KVR Trail. That access is not likely to be removed.

The RDOS also offered clarification on how the opposition to the bylaw is required to be registered.

The forms for providing notice of opposition are available online at RDOS.bc.ca or by emailing, faxing or mailing the RDOS, and the originals must be signed and either mailed or dropped off at the RDOS office.

Residents also expressed concerns about the future of the property, on whether it would be developed into a park or preserved in its entirety. Newell responded by saying that any such discussions would be had in the future, if the purchase does in fact go through.

Due to technical issues that dropped the RDOS’ feed during the town hall, there will be a second electronic town hall at a yet-to-be-determined date.

Information about the alternative approval process and the borrowing bylaw can be found at rdosregionalconnections.ca/aap.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Landmark Cinemas Penticton was forced to close down when the provincial government ordered all theatres to close when new COVID-19 restrictions were brought in Nov. 19, 2020. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Despite ‘devastating’ losses the show will eventually go on at Penticton theatre

Landmark Cinemas has been offering movie popcorn since having to close in November

Amanda Parsons, a registered nurse on staff at the Northwood Care facility, administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Ann Hicks, 77, in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool
61 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

Twenty-nine people are in hospital, seven of whom are in intensive care

This is rendering of what the playground of the new provincially funded child care centre could look like on Edmonton Ave.
Public hearing for childcare centre rezoning Feb. 1

The Edmonton Ave. facility would add 116 more childcare spots

Penticton paramedics took about 70 per cent more calls for drug overdoses in 2020 compared to 2019, Interior Health representatives told Penticton council Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. ((Jesse Day - Western News)
City seeks $300K grant to help address opioid crisis

The grant would provide $100K a year over three years to a Community Action Team

Ace Academy: Flight Experience is a digital interactive exhibition from the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. The exhibition is currently at the Penticton Museum and Archives. (Canada and Aviation Space Museum)
Penticton museum hosts innovative way to simulate authentic flight experience

Ace Academy: Flight Experience is a digital interactive exhibition currently touring across Canada

Syringe is prepared with one of B.C.’s first vials of Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 caseload stays steady with 465 more Tuesday

No new outbreaks in health care facilities, 12 more deaths

A couple living at the Summerland Waterfront Resort is trying to sell their unit because of strata changes which will require them to pay significantly higher strata fees or have their unit included in the resort’s rental pool (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Couple living at Summerland resort facing high increase in strata fees

Permanent residents of Summerland Waterfront Resort told fees will more than double

(Big White Ski Resort)
28 more cases of COVID-19 linked to Big White cluster

More than 200 cases have been identified since the cluster was announced

Police are seeking further witnesses after an elderly woman who was struck by a vehicle in Salmon Arm succumbed to her injuries. (File Photo)
Salmon Arm pedestrian dies after being hit by truck along Highway 1

Collision took place on Jan. 15 in downtown Salmon Arm, police looking for witnesses

A cow moose wanders around the Silver Star Elementary School neighbourhood Tuesday, Jan. 19. (Contributed)
Moose chases two people near North Okanagan school

Conservation and dog control attending to the situation

The sale of the Kirschner Mountain Development for $22M marks the largest in Realtor history, in the Okanagan. (Contributed)
Kelowna mountain development sold for $22M

The sale of the 640-acre Kirschner Mountain development has made the history books

New Westminster TV production designer, Rick Whitfield, has designed an office in a box for British Columbians in need of a private workspace. (BC Box Office photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. man designs ‘box office’ solution for those working from home

‘A professionally designed workspace on your property, away from the distractions of home’

Chilliwack ER doctor Marc Greidanus is featured in a video, published Jan. 18, 2021, where he demonstrates and describes effectiveness of various styles of masks. (Youtube)
VIDEO: Emergency room doctor runs through pros and cons of various masks

‘We’ve been asked to wear a mask and it’s not that hard,’ Greidanus says.

(Pixabay photo)
VIDEO: Tip to Metro Vancouver transit police helps woman 4,000 km away in Ohio

Sgt. Clint Hampton says transit police were alerted to a YouTube video of the woman in mental distress

Most Read