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OKANAGAN OUTLOOK 2011 — 6 Summerland Sets Secure Course

Summerland is working to secure its future, and thanks to plans for a new RCMP facility, residents should feel confident of their course.

KMBR Architects and Planners broke ground this summer on the $4.5-million project, which meets sustainable develop- ment standards through a heat-recovery system from the neighbouring arena. This will nearly eliminate the use of nat- ural gas for heat and reduce the overall carbon emissions of the building. Construction should be completed by March 31, 2012.

“We have been working to replace the existing facility for

several years now, and I am very pleased to see the new building finally under construction,” Summerland Mayor Janice Perrino said.

Taking care of businesses is important in Summerland. In

April, councillors hired Vancouver management consultant Helios to conduct an organizational audit.The process is de- signed to ensure Summerlanders get the services they re- quire from their local politicians.

“Independent reviews carried out by reputable manage- ment consulting firms like Helios provide unbiased profes- sional assessments and recommendations and we look for-

ward to the results of this process,” Perrino said.

Councillors hope to have results in time for the 2012 budget deliberations.

In the meantime, Dr.Grant Goods is again expanding his optometry business after similar efforts in 1985 and 2002. He’s now constructing a 5,800-square-foot office near the corner of North Victoria and Jubilee roads. Goods hopes to open the office before Christmas to accommodate an extra doctor. He’s also hoping to lease office space.

But it’s not all business in Summerland, either.

In July, Sumac Ridge celebrated its 30th anniversary of making B.C. wine.Those at a July celebration lauded co- founder Harry McWatters for helping lay the groundwork for today’s local wine industry, and also for establishing the B.C. Wine Institute.

Sumac is one of 11 wineries in the region, famously known as the Bottleneck Drive wine district.Then there are the Summerland Sweets and Vinegar Works at Valentine Farm. Add those other traditional offerings to numerous local art galleries, the Kettle Valley Railway and Nixdorf Classic Car Museum and you have a community with a sunny outlook.

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