City councils 4-year plan for Kelowna – KelownaNow

Kelowna’s City Council has established their priorities for their upcoming term, agreeing on six key areas integral in Kelowna life that they wish to improve between 2019 and 2022.

Establishing economic resiliency by reducing the infrastructure deficit and making Kelowna “investment-friendly;”

The councillors will keep track of their progress by publishing a list of initiatives each January, which they are conducting to advance and complete their goals. Each spring, they will take an opportunity to report on their progress.

“Our residents want us to be proactive in that change, not passive observers. We are making an open and clear commitment to residents about what we want to achieve. Reporting annually will keep us accountable to achieving what we said we would.”

The City’s administrative leadership will focus more directly on three distinct areas to achieve their results — financial management, clear direction and people.

“As an organization, we work at Council’s direction to deliver the best results for residents and enable our community to thrive,” said City Manager Doug Gilchrist.

“Council has set the direction of the change they want to see and in turn, we as an administration have identified how we will support that shift.”

Halfway through the Council’s term they will update their goals to reflect progress and respond to changes, challenges and opportunity presented in the first half of their term.

Kelowna's top cop says substance abuse appears to be one of the driving forces behind property crime in the city.

And, he says those numbers may continue to rise if more isn't done within the community to help those people addicted to drugs.

"This is the Brent Mundle observation, but I think there's much more we can do in the community with respect to providing services and treatment and alternatives to these individuals," he told council during his quarterly update.

"The reality of it is, I think some of my numbers with respect to property crime may continue to increase until we can get a handle on some of the social issues, primarily some of the drug related problems at that level in the community."

He told council anything that can be done to provide treatment, to break the cycle, is very important.

Mundle told council property crime has been trending up, increasing by 10 per cent over the previous year.

He said other criminal code violations is up about eight per cent, while crime against persons is up five per cent.

"I'm hoping we reach a point where we plateau, but if I pay attention to the trend, we have been increasing, and that trend is consistent around the province," he said.

Mundle did return to a common theme, asking the public to take ownership of their own property, especially their vehicles.

"If I could say anything … if we could start securing some of our valuables, removing them from our vehicles, and locking our vehicles, there is a potential for these numbers to actually start to decrease.

"But, one theft from vehicle, depending what gets stolen from that vehicle, could lead to five, six, seven other related crimes."

While it's just in the discussion stage, Mundle says RCMP are looking at a model where a civilian member, such as a retired officer, would respond to what are considered priority three or four calls.

They would take down the information such as serial numbers and descriptions of stolen items, and enter it into a data base.

Meantime, Mundle told council new officers approved in the 2018 budget have arrived, while those approved for this year could arrive later in the summer.

They hit the streets April 15, and will be patrolling downtown and the downtown Rutland area seven days a week.