Council preview: Canada 150 mosaic, fire season, tax grants

Penticton city council is getting together for their next regular meeting a week early, on Jan. 17.

Budget discussions get underway next week, so Penticton city council is getting together for their next regular meeting a week early, on Jan. 17.

Like last week, council has a light agenda for the 1 p.m. portion of the regular meeting, with no committee of the whole reports.

City staff are recommending that council investigate placing the Canada 150 Mosaic created last summer on the outside wall of the Community Centre below the Cleland Theatre sign and that the $2,000 shortfall owing for the Canada 150 Mosaic project be paid from the Public Arts Reserve Fund.

Read more: Penticton mosaic ready for display

Council is also discussing whether to apply for grant funding for the Strategic Wildfire Program Initiative through a a 2017 FireSmart Planning Grant. In 2016, Penticton successfully submitted one of the first Firesmart grant applications in the province for the Sendero Canyon neighbourhood.

Read more: Residents learn how to be FireSmart

Anthony Haddad, director of development services, has an update on the Economic Investment Zone program and opportunities for the next phase of the EIZ.

In the evening, council has two public hearings.

At 750 Kamloops Ave. a developer intends to demolish the existing single family home and build three side-by-side duplexes.

The second public hearing deals with three properties in the 200 block of Government Street, where the developer wants to build two side-by-side duplexes on two lots, and re-zone the third for possible future development.

Council meets daily from Jan. 24 to 26 to discuss the 2017 budget and five-year financial plan.

Read more: Budget talks begin later this month

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