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Summerland receives award for community excellence

Award presented for water and roads management plan
From right, Coun. Richard Barkwill, Coun. Janet Peake, Minister of Municipal Affairs Anne Kang, Mayor Doug Holmes, Scott Shepherd from Urban Systems and Coun. Erin Trainer show the community excellence award given to the municipality of Summerland. (Contributed)

The municipality of Summerland has received a Community Excellence Award in the Asset Management by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities at this week’s annual convention.

The award is in recognition of the municipality’s Water and Road Integrated Asset Management Plan.

The awards distinguish and acknowledge municipalities, regional districts and First Nations that have implemented projects or programs that exceed expectations in meeting the purposes of local government. The awards are intended to showcase outstanding initiatives and share them with other local governments to encourage implementation in other communities.

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The Water and Road Integrated Asset Management Plan details the condition of all Summerland roads and water mains and their likelihood and consequence of failure.

It includes a priority list of 19 capital projects, three of which are included in this year’s budget. The projects are Dale Meadows Road, Jubilee Road West and Victoria Road South.

The full plan is on the District of Summerland website in the form of a story board and geodatabase. People can click onto an interactive map and view information about any road’s condition, work being planned and project costs. The plan will be updated as projects are completed, and eventually irrigation mains and sewer lines will be added.

At the awards ceremony at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention on Sept. 19, it was noted how the plan incorporates strong asset management principles and that the public-facing webpage is innovative and provides transparency in decision-making.

“The UBCM Community Excellence Award recognizes how Summerland is looking at infrastructure in a more unified way to avoid inefficiencies like repaving a road only to dig it up later to fix a burst pipe,” said Mayor Doug Holmes. “We knew we needed to change the way we plan, design and manage infrastructure, and recognition of the District’s Water and Road Integrated Asset Management Plan shows we’re headed in the right direction.”

The plan is available online at

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John Arendt

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John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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