LETTER: Penticton parking prognostication

Residents should realize that Penticton is suffering from parking meter creep.

A recent article quotes city planning manager Blake Laven saying that $500,000 can be generated from implementing a city-wide metered parking plan.

This figure represents gross revenue. The City of Penticton financial budget for 2017 (page 55) lists a much lower figure when the costs of salaries, benefits, goods, services and fleet are subtracted from gross revenue.  Also not subtracted is the revenue split with the parking contractor, which brings into question why the need to privatizing parking. Isn’t parking at Penticton Regional Hospital hassle enough?

The reader should thoroughly understand that a large portion of gross revenue comes from writing parking citations, lots and lots of citations.  Here’s an example. In 2014, with 558 metered parking spaces 7,246 tickets were issued. The 2017 parking plan calls for metering 1,293 parking spaces and hiring an additional bylaw officer dedicated solely to writing parking tickets. Therefore, it follows that with doubling metered spaces, and implementing an aggressive approach to ticketing, the yearly total would easily exceed 20,000.

Also factor in the new casino being completed by June 2017. Surely there are plans to meter parking around the casino.

In time, I believe, there will be a move to build a multi-storey parkade adjacent to the casino. Where will it go? With streets on two sides and buildings on two sides, quite possibility either the curling rink or the Memorial Arena will fall victim to progress.

If a parkade is built, it seems logical that the entire South Okanagan Events Centre complex and adjacent parking lots currently under construction would be metered as well, substantially increasing the number of metered spaces available for ticketing.

Residents should realize that Penticton is suffering from parking meter creep. Under the guise of acquiring data for a study to satisfy the contract with the private parking contractor, selected streets and parking lots are slowly, ever so slowly, transitioning into metered parking.  This was verified when Mayor Jakubeit stated the following: “will help staff and residents ease into our expanding paid parking.”

Don’t be fooled by the self-serving spin and misinformation coming from city hall.  Trust and confidence, two essential ingredients of a healthy and functional governing body, are long gone.

Until Mayor Jakubeit and his cabal are pastured out two years from now, their every move and statements should be closely watched, researched and questioned.

C. Otto Knaak




Just Posted

Geordie Fife exits the dunk tank during 2017’s Discovery House Father’s Day festivities at Skaha Lake Park. The fundraiser helps raise awareness of the work done at the house and break down the stigma associated with addiction. (Western News File)
Discovery House Father’s Day fundraiser goes digital

The addiction recovery program will be rolling out videos ahead of the fundraiser

The proposed design of the five-storey building on Front Street. (City of Penticton)
Five-storey building proposed for Penticton’s Front Street

It will be the second time the proposal will head to council

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from St. Eugene’s residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

RCMP thanked the public for assistance in finding Benjamin Archie, last seen in Princeton. (RCMP)
Missing Chilliwack man found safe and sound

The 80-year-old had walked away from his home in Chilliwack

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Naramata community in shock as condolences pour in for homicide victim Kathy Richardson

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

(Heather Lueck image)
Crash north of Enderby knocks out power, slows Highway 97A traffic

A witness shared images of a medical helicopter landing at the scene

The RCMP presence in Central Okanagan public schools is being reviewed by the board of education. (File photo)
RCMP presence welcomed in Central Okanagan public schools

Staff survey feedback overwhelmingly positive from students, staff and parents

Most Read