Elected local officials toured the Sickle Point property in Kaleden on Jan. 18. (Submitted - Chris Stenberg)

Elected local officials toured the Sickle Point property in Kaleden on Jan. 18. (Submitted - Chris Stenberg)

Local elected officials tour Sickle Point

The property currently has a $2.5M offer on it from the RDOS

Elected officials toured the controversial Sickle Point property in Kaleden on Jan. 18.

Members of the Save Sickle Point committee were joined by Chief Greg Gabriel from the Penticton Indian Band (PIB), Karla Kozakevich, chair of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) Subrina Monteith, Area “I“ director for the RDOS, MP Richard Cannings and MLA Roly Russell who all took a trip to the site to learn about the history and ecological importance of the property.

“It is good that we have gathered with common interests to move forward working together to conserve this important and majestic site,” said Chief Gabriel in a release.

The RDOS currently has an accepted $2.5 million offer on the property with conditions, including approval of a bylaw to borrow the necessary money.

READ MORE: RDOS has an accepted offer of $2.5M for Sickle Point

The process is currently undergoing an alternate approval process, the results of which will be made public in February. If the alternate approval process does not pass, then the RDOS will consider a full referendum on the proposed borrowing, if another offer has not been made and accepted on the property.

The Save Sickle Point Committe has been gathering pledges and applying for grants to fundraise the costs of purchasing the property with the goal of reducing the impact on taxpayers in the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Service Area, which includes Twin Lakes and St. Andrews.

If the Regional District is successful in purchasing Sickle Point for the community, uses for the property will be explored by the Regional District, PIB and the communities within the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Service Area.

“Purchasing Sickle Point will prevent development and preserve and protect critical habitat for species at risk,” said Monteith. “The protection of this site will allow for continued use of this area for future generations.”

READ MORE: Efforts to save Sickle Point down to the wire

The land itself is considered rare water birch – rose riparian habitat, much of which has been lost over the last century.

For more information about the alternative approval process, please visit www.rdosregionalconnections.ca. The RDOS is hosting another information meeting Jan. 27.

For further information about the Save Sickle Point Committee, or to make a pledge you can visit www.kaledencommunity.com/sicklepoint .

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


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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

Just Posted

The Oliver Municipal Aiport runway will be extended in spring 2021. (Oliver Municipal Airport / Facebook)
Oliver airport runway to be extended

The extension will be funded through a provincial grant

Butter and sourdough bread is shown at a house in Vernon, B.C. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. A Quebec dairy farmers’ group is calling on milk producers to stop feeding palm oil or its derivatives to livestock as controversy churns over how these supplements affect the consistency of butter. (THE CANADIAN PRESS - Jesse Johnston)
Poll: Care to spread your feelings on butter?

Reports of hard butter have rattled the Canadian dairy industry

A dose of COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at a vaccination clinic in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health region

The total number of cases in the region since the pandemic began is now at 7,334

BC Housing has proposed that the emergency winter shelter at Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street be extended as a shelter until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be open until April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)
One more year of ‘temporary’ homeless shelter in Penticton?

BC Housing has applied to extend Victory Church as a shelter for those experiencing homelessness

The Wrong Turn Tavern in Keremeos is for sale. (Facebook)
Popular Keremeos tavern up for sale

Owner Liza Sanders is selling The Wrong Turn Tavern for $800,000

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Kara Sorensen, diagnosed with lung cancer in July, says it’s important for people to view her as healthy and vibrant, rather than sick. (Photo courtesy of Karen Sorensen)
B.C. woman must seek treatment overseas for inoperable lung cancer

Fundraising page launched on Karen Sorensen’s behalf, with a goal of $250,000

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)
How big is B.C.’s COVID-19 deficit? We’ll find out April 20

More borrowing expected as pandemic enters second year

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

Arrow Lakes Caribou Society said the new caribou pen near the Nakusp Hotsprings is close to completion. (Submitted)
Maternity caribou pen near Nakusp inches closer to fruition

While Nakusp recently approved the project’s lease, caribou captures are delayed due to COVID-19

Most Read