Council has asserted the approval of an amendment in the budget. This amendment will fulfill the gap of $22Million for Kelowna Integrated Water Project Phase 1. The improvement in the budget has assured the financial support for the Kelowna’s part from Utility reserves. It also includes city funding for South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) ratepayers.
Kelowna Integrated Water Project Phase 1 has a budget of $86 Million. It is partially financed by a provincial and federal funding of $43.9 Million. The aim of this project is to provide clean and safe drinking water to Southeast Kelowna. It also aims to provide a consistent water supply for South Mission’s agricultural related activities. It is expected to start the construction this July in the South Mission.
Ron Westlake, Senior engineer, Kelowna, asserted that the project will need extra $63.7 Million late this year. This was because the pre-planned improvements to the SEKID system have crossed the originally planned budget.
An open discussion session is arranged at East Kelowna Hall on May 17, 2018, from 3 PM to 7 PM. This open house will discuss the details of the financing strategy. It will also allow viewing preliminary construction plans. Further details of the project can be seen online at kelowna.ca/water. A newsletter with all details has been mailed directly to SEKID ratepayers.
It is proclaimed that the high volume of infrastructure projects across the province is responsible for the increased construction costs. Also, enlarged service demand requirements in some areas of Southeast Kelowna lead to increase the cost of constructions in the area.
The city of Kelowna has disclosed its plans to increase its yearly budget for snow removal. City council approved a staff request on Monday to hike the annual $1.6 Million budget by $400,000.
Darryl Astofooroff, Public Works Manager, Kelowna, asserted that this move will improve service levels. It will also let the city to hire more contractors, which will lead to the improvement in response times on residential streets after a snowfall.