Penticton city council has a busy agenda planned for their Oct. 18 meeting, touching on several high profile issues.
The ITU Multisport World Championship, which takes place August 17-27, 2017 in Penticton asks the city to look at providing free transit during the festival for athletes and volunteers, citing limited parking in the downtown area, particularly with the road closures that will be in effect, and the volume of athletes, spectators and volunteers needing to get to the race site.
The Penticton Chamber of Commerce sent council a letter of support for a local business Chic Mobile Boutique, who have been trying to gain a mobile vendor’s permit since Feb. 2015. Mobile vending comes up again, in a staff report, which recommends maintaining current regulations and continuing to deny a licence to Chic Mobile, citing, among other points, concerns of unfair competition to bricks and mortar businesses.
Council will also be receiving a consultant’s report on developing an asset management plan to deal with the city’s infrastructure and services. Earlier this month, the city announced it is facing a possible $175 million infrastructure deficit related to facilities, roads and other assets nearing end of life and needing maintenance or replacement.
One of the city’s assets, the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre is the subject of another consultants’ report, Feasibility Study and Market Analysis for the PTCC. The purpose of the report is a “highest and best use analysis of the PTCC,” looking at whether the facility meets the needs of the market, possible alternate uses and overall economic impact.
The Oct. 18 regular council meeting gets underway at 1 p.m. in Penticton City Hall.