Penticton is gathering feedback from citizens on a number of core issues, including public safety. (File photo)

Penticton is gathering feedback from citizens on a number of core issues, including public safety. (File photo)

City of Penticton provides update on public feedback to multiple projects

Results from the Civic Places and Spaces recommendations will be presented on Dec. 7

Residents of Penticton have made their opinions on public safety known.

The City of Penticton received feedback from citizens on a recommendation for public safety and shared the early results at a Safety and Security Advisory Committee meeting on Friday.

In regards to decision-making on public safety and protective services, the city posed a question to the public in which over 300 people responded, according to preliminary results.

“Do you support the City taking the next step to work with affected groups and develop a concept for further consultation with the community prior to a decision by Council?” was the question asked on shapeyourcitypenticton.ca.

The question asks citizens whether the city should be given the green light in going ahead with the prior public safety recommendations that would combine its services with the Protective Services Centre.

Of the 339 people that provided feedback, 245 said they would like to see a proposal from the city regarding the core elements of the question.

The idea of combining services is something the public gravitated towards but at the same time, early results showed the concern of cost and tax increases still very much exists.

The city says they will continue to compile input from the public safety and protective services recommendation and the full results will be released as part of the next update to council.

As for the Civic Places and Spaces project, the city accepted public feedback on the long-term management plan until the end of the day on Nov. 25.

The project forecasts a future where many of the city’s older civic buildings are either replaced, sold, renewed or repaired. Instead of raising taxes, the city says they are taking the opportunity to review all the different ways they can manage the older civic buildings in the area.

As part of that plan, the Civic Places and Spaces project proposes the demolition of both Memorial and McLaren arenas to construct a new twin-rinks facility closer to the South Okanagan Events Centre.

READ MORE: Last day to give feedback on Penticton’s civic buildings

Results from the public survey are not yet available, but the city told the Penticton Western News on Nov. 26 they are “aiming to bring an update on the engagement results to Council at their December 7 meeting.”


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