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  • 17 November 2015
    Boil Water Notice Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 from April 1-November 17 The Town of Osoyoos has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE for Domestic Water Customers served in Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 effective from April 1, 2015 until November 17, 2015. In order to determine exactly which system you are being served by, please refer to the first three digits of the account number on your rural water bill. The Town of Osoyoos and Interior Health recommend individuals drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice.  For these at-risk populations, water intended for drinking, washing ready to eat fruits and vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute. Please notify tenants, visitors, or other building occupants of the boil water notice. The Town of Osoyoos is taking measures to disinfect and flush these water systems.  Interior Health has been fully involved, and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved.  Thank you in advance for your patience. If you have any further questions please contact: Public Works Department 11500 115 Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6213  (E)
  • 31 August 2015
    Community Foundations Survey Deadline August 31, 2015 The Community Foundations of the South Okanagan is producing a regional report for the South Okanagan Similkameen.  The 2015 Vital Signs Report is a unique report in that it uses statistical information and community feedback on 11 different issue areas.  As with the 2013 report, it will include data for all the communities in the our region; from Summerland to Osoyoos and throughout the Similkameen Valley. Vital Signs is used by charities, service groups, government bodies and individuals throughout the community to help make this a better place to live, work and play. The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen have established roots and are growing legacies in communities all across Canada. Standing apart in the field of charitable giving, they are dedicated to enriching the quality of community life in specific geographical areas. Please take the time and answer short survey that will provide them information for the Osoyoos area. Deadline for online submissions is August 31, 2015. To learn more about Vital Signs and the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen you can go to their website for more information Sarah Trudeau Regional Development Coordinator 390 Main Street, 2nd Floor Penticton BC  V2A 5C3 (TF) 877.493.9311 (E)  
  • 5 June 2015
    Request for Proposals (RFP) Parks and Trails Master Plan  The Town of Osoyoos is seeking proposals from qualified consultants with demonstrated expertise and experience to prepare a 20-year Parks and Trails Master Plan.  The Plan will be prepared with input from a local stakeholder charrette planning process and submitted to Council for adoption as a secondary sectoral plan under our Official Community Plan (OCP). The new Plan will provide guidance for investing in the acquisition and development of an integrated system of parks and trails to serve diverse community and visitor needs into the future.  The selected consultant will build on the work already completed under that part of the Town’s 2014 Community Services Master Plan relating to parks, open spaces, and trails. Veteran's Park For a detailed RFP package please click on the link below. 2015 05 13 RFP Parks and Trails Master Plan Resources: Town of Osoyoos Community Services Master Plan Town of Osoyoos Official Community Plan (OCP) 2011 Regional Trails Master Plan Proposals must be received at Planning and Development Services no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, June 5, 2015 in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Parks and Trails Master Plan”. For more information, please contact the undersigned. Alain M. Cunningham, Ph.D., MCIP, RPP Director of Planning & Development Services Box 3010, 8711 Main Street Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 (T)      250.495.6191 (F)     250.495.2400 (E)
  • 4 June 2015
    TENDER Kinsmen Beach Wall Replacement Deadline June 4 Sealed Tenders clearly marked "Kinsmen Beach Wall Replacement" will be received at the Town of Osoyoos Office, 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, B.C. V0H 1V0, up to 2:00 p.m. local time, Thursday, June 4, 2015. Tenders will be opened in public in the Town Office at 2:00 p.m. on the tender closing date. The project comprises the following works and approximate quantities: Remove and dispose of +37m of existing concrete retaining wall. Supply and install 35m² of precast concrete Redi-Rock retaining wall. Tender Documents are available below and on BC Bid. Tender Planholder Registration Form Drawings Printed copies are available from the offices of TRUE Consulting (Kamloops) at a cost of $50.00, which is non-refundable. A Planholder Registration Form must be completed and faxed or emailed to TRUE Consulting in order to receive any addendums and/or additional information regarding this tender. It is the sole responsibility of the Proponent to ensure that the Registration Form has been received by TRUE Consulting.   If the information stipulated above is not enclosed with the Tender at the time of opening, the Tender will be rejected.  Tenders received after the closing time will be returned unopened.  The lowest or any Tender will not necessarily be accepted.   Engineer                                         Owner TRUE Consulting                              Town of Osoyoos Ste. 201 - 2079 Falcon Road             Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Kamloops  BC  V2C 4J2                    Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  (250) 828.0881                        (T)  (250) 495.6515 (F)  (250) 828.0717                        (F)  (250) 495.2400   No phone calls regarding the tender results. They will be posted on the Town website within 24 hours after the deadline.
  • 2 June 2015
    PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE 74th Avenue Reconstruction on June 2 The Town is planning to proceed, on a phased basis, with the reconstruction of 74th Avenue between 89th Street and Highway #3 (Main Street). The proposed reconstruction will include: 7.0 m pavement width for travel lanes 2.5 m wide asphalt surface for parallel parking on both north and south sides of the street Standard curb and gutter and sidewalks on both sides of the street LED street lights and decorative street light standards Localized storm drainage works comprising catch basins and dry wells Boulevard trees with irrigation The two block section between 85th Street and 89th Street is budgeted for construction this fall with a start date in early September. The block between 85th Street and Highway #3 is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2016 subject to budget approval. Date:         Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Time:         6:00 pm to 7:30 PM     Location:    Sonora Community Centre - Room 1 TO VIEW RECONSTRUCTION PLANS Residents and business owners are encouraged to drop by to view the reconstruction plans. Town staff and representatives of the design consultant will be available to answer questions.   Town of Osoyoos Public Works Department 11500 115 Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6213 (E)
  • 1 June 2015
    PUBLIC HEARING Amendment to Foreshore and Lake Bylaw No. 1294, 2012 Public Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm in the Council Chambers located at 8707 Main Street in regards to the following bylaw amendment:   No.1294.01, 2015 – The Zoning Map of the Town of Osoyoos Foreshore and Lake Zoning Bylaw No. 1294, 2012, be amended by changing the water use designation of the portion of Foreshore and Osoyoos Lake directly adjacent to Paradise Park RV Resort located at 5901 Main Street and legally described as Lot 2, District Lot 43s, SDYD Plan 12670 from Private Moorage (W2) to Group/Strata Moorage (W3s), and that a bylaw text amendment be made to allow 15 private buoys to be retained in addition to the construction of a new dock. All persons will be given an opportunity to be heard and/or present written submissions on the matter above. Written submissions can be mailed to the undersigned or emailed to (The Town will only guarantee that emails received to this address will form part of the Council Agenda.) The deadline for written submissions is 12:00 pm (Noon) Friday, May 29, 2015.   A copy of the proposed water zoning bylaw amendment may be viewed at the Department of Planning and Development Services office, located at 8711 Main Street from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm from Wednesday, May 20, 2015, to Friday, May 29, 2015, excluding from 12 pm to 1:00 pm and excluding Saturdays and Sundays or by clicking here.   Alain M. Cunningham, Ph.D., MCIP, RPP Director of Planning & Development Services Box 3010, 8711 Main Street Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 (T)    250.495.6191 (F)    250.495.2400 (E)
  • 1 June 2015
    Employment Opportunity for Director of Operations The Town of Osoyoos is seeking a Director of Operations.  This senior management position reports directly to the Chief Administrative Officer and will manage and coordinate capital projects and contracted engineering services as well as provide oversight and leadership for the maintenance and construction of roads, water and sewer, environmental (landfill) services, signage, and building and park maintenance.   For more information on this career opportunity please click on the link below. Director of Operations Job Description   Qualified individuals are invited to submit a cover letter and resume in confidence by Monday, June 1, 2015 quoting Competition No. EU-15-02 to:   Marnie Manders Manager of Human Resources Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 (E) We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.
  • 1 June 2015
    Annual General Meeting on June 1, 2015 Pursuant to Section 99 of the Community Charter, the Town of Osoyoos is holding an Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM in Town Council Chamber located at 8707 Main Street.   Council will present the Town's Annual Report and welcomes submissions and inquiries from the public at the meeting with respect to the Report. Copies of the Annual Report will be available at the Town Office as of Friday, May 15, 2015.   Please click here to view the 2014 Annual Report Please click here to view the 2014 Annual Report Summary   Further notice is hereby given that the Regular Open Meeting of Council scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2015 will begin immediately following the Annual General Meeting.   Janette Van Vianen, CMC Director of Corporate Services Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos BC   V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.6515 (E)
  • 1 June 2015
    Next Town Council Meeting to be held on June 1, 2015 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM for the Committee of the Whole meeting and at 2:00 PM for the Regular Open Meeting in Council Chambers, Town Hall, 8707 Main Street.    Council agendas are available online or at the Town Hall on the preceding Friday for each meeting.   Regular and Special Meetings Committee of the Whole Meetings  
  • 31 May 2015
    Boulevard Maintenance The owners or occupier of any real property within the Town of Osoyoos shall perform or arrange for the performance of the following works on boulevard abutting their property: Maintenance of boulevards to include grass, weed control and rubbish removal. Watering and care of boulevard trees, except pruning of boulevard trees. Ensure landscaping does not obstruct the vision of safety of pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles. Unlicensed vehicles parked on boulevards or roadways are subject to fines and towing. In accordance with Good Neighbour Bylaw No. 1277, Part 3 Section 3.3.  Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our boulevards clean. Public Works Department 11500 115 Street (T)  250.495.6213 (E)  
  • 27 May 2015
    Employment Opportunity Temporary Program Supervisor Community Services Department Temporary Full Time Position (One Year July 2015 – July 2016)   The Town of Osoyoos requires a Temporary Program Supervisor in the Community Services Department for a period of one year. This is a full time position at 35 hours per week with the hours being set by the Director of Community Services. The Community Services Program Supervisor is responsible for the supervision of Community Programmers, Program Assistants and Summer Students and performs a variety of functions including planning and organizing effective delivery of recreation, social, environmental and general community sustainability programs and services; researching, developing and implementing new program opportunities; promoting and marketing programs and services through media and leisure guides; assisting in preparing annual budgets, prepares a variety of correspondence, reports, draft policies and statistics related to community services; networks with groups and agencies involved in the community services field; and ensuring an effective booking system for all facilities and playing fields under the jurisdiction of the department. The position is familiar with established procedures, policies and safety standards and ensures expectations are met in this regard.  This is a bargaining unit position, and the 2015 hourly job rate for this position is $26.41 - $31.07 per hour.   Click here for a more detailed job description including required qualifications. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 PM, Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  Please submit applications online or to: Janette Van Vianen, CMC Director of Corporate Services 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (F)    250.495.2400 (E) No phone calls please. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  
  • 19 May 2015
    Council Meeting Highlights for May 19, 2015 Click on either button to watch the video of the Committee of the Whole and the Regular Open meetings.    Committee of the Whole Regular Open DELEGATIONS Okanagan Nation Alliance and Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre Partnerships, presented by Charlotte Stringam, General Manager NDCC, Richard Bussanich, ONA and Ingrid  Jarrett, Watermark Beach Resort. Protection of salmon. Mayor McKortoff thanked the delegation and noted that Osoyoos will be hosting 3rd Lakewater Science Forum in the fall of 2015. Staff will work with the partners. Presenter - Richard Toperczer, Regional Manager Regional Economic Operations, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. Mandate is to work with people in the region to generate the economy and create jobs. Osoyoos Royalty Candidates – Emma Fernandes, Tianna Morgan, and Bailey Toepfer. CORRESPONDENCE Report accepted from Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) May 8, 2015. Register online for the Make Water Work project to win a xeriscape package. Osoyoos Museum Society New Museum Project – Letter from Museum Society to RDOS Chair Mark Pendergraft - Council resolved that a staff report be brought to the Committee of Whole meeting on June 1, 2015 concerning appointment of an official liaison to the Osoyoos Museum Society. BUSINESS 2015 – 2018 Departmental Business Plan activity updates reported.·        Airport Lands - Council provided direction to Administration to stop all action for repurposing airport lands to commercial industrial purposes. Museum Funding from Home Builders Lease - Council approved the request for $42,000 to fund the Osoyoos Museum Society projects as requested. Landfill Fee Reduction Request - Mr. Pond came forward to advise Council that their material was taken to landfill and there is no rate for burned material. Council approved a refund, identified an amount of 40% reduction in the overall cost. Landfill Fees Amendment Proposed - Council directed Administration to prepare a report providing options to amend the Waste Management Bylaw 1309 setting a new category for burn material with the fees identified at the same rate as Non-assessed demolition waste. Recruitment - Council approved a salary of $39.50/hour for the new Senior Planner position to be added to Schedule A of the Collective Agreement between the Town of Osoyoos and CUPE Local 608. REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS Gyro Park Pier – process not fully determined – pier will not be a boat facility but an extension of walking path. Public Works Week May 17 – 23, 2015.  Town public works staff are very busy planting, cleaning up and working hard.  Council urged everyone to thank them for their good work. Public Works - Noted that there will be an open house on June 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Sonora Centre to explain the 74th Avenue Reconstruction program. Museum and Home Builders – Regional District (RDOS) agreed to extend the lease.  Council expressed condolences to the family of John Slater on his recent passing. John Slater was a positive leader and served four terms as Councillor, two terms as Mayor and one term as provincial MLA.  The three flags in front of Town Hall have been lowered in Mr. Slater’s honour. John will be missed.   Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages.    The public is encouraged to attend the Committee of the Whole meetings which take place in Council Chambers at 9:00AM on the morning of the Regular Open Council meetings at 2:00 PM to learn additional in-depth information regarding upcoming business.  
  • 14 May 2015
    Osoyoos Splash Park is Open for the Season! Days:          Monday to Sunday (7 days a week) Hours:        10:00 am to 8:00 pm Season:      May to September For more information on the Splash Park, please visit our Splash Park page. Community Services (T) 250.495.6562 (E)
  • 12 May 2015
    Destination Osoyoos 2015 BC Economic Development Award Winner The BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) announced the winners of the 2015 BC Economic Development Awards at the BC Economic Summit Awards Banquet held Tuesday, April 28, in Richmond, BC. Destination Osoyoos - Snowbird Attraction Category: Marketing Tool - Less Than 20,000 Population. Sponsored by ASTTBC. Link to Press Release This award recognizes innovative and effective marketing tools used for attracting, retaining and fostering business as well as communication vehicles used by economic development organizations. Destination Osoyoos - Throughout 2012 and 2013 we started by interviewing individuals and couples that wintered across the border in warmer states. We learned why they did it and what they wanted while wintering. In 2014 we started to put all the marketing tools and resources together for a planned 2014/15 winter season launch. In July 2014 we opened up a Discover Osoyoos Centre in our main lobby to accommodate visitor and relocation enquiries. In September, we created a volunteer Ambassador Team made up of 8 snowbirds to help identify local activities, organizations, services, products, price points, etc. that snowbirds would be interested in and that would meet their socio-economic needs. They have been key in welcoming new snowbirds to the area on behalf of Destination Osoyoos and the Town. In October we started  production of an Osoyoos Snowbird Guide / Brochure for wintering in Osoyoos. We sold ads to local accommodators to make the project more cost efficient. The project cost to date has been just short of $30,000. Included in the guide is Osoyoos specific information, why snowbird’s are choosing Osoyoos, climate information, general statistics, location, maps, winter accommodation information and recreational activities.  80,000 guides were printed and all will have been distributed during 2014/15. 42,000 copies of the guide became an insert in the Western Producer newspaper and were racked in AB, SK, MB, and some northern areas of BC. This proved to be the right resource to reach our target market. Immediately our communication channels lit up and did not stop with phone calls, emails, snail mail, and walk in enquires for more information.   Between January and March 2015, our accommodators have reported a 35% increase over last year in the number of long term stay Snowbirds to Osoyoos. Accommodators have had to set more rooms aside to accommodate this demand. They have been able to keep more staff on during this winter season thereby providing a more stable level of employment income. Local restaurants and stores have been reporting best winter month revenues ever. There is now a buzz on our down town Main Street that was not there several years ago. Locals are complaining that they can no longer get their usual Main Street parking spot whenever they want. Our resorts have learned to adjust their offerings to meet the price points of this population sector and as a result have been reporting successful sold out events and meals. Local realtors have stated that property sales have started to increase based on a trend analysis that has shown that snowbirds don’t generally buy until their third visit to Osoyoos. However, Destination Osoyoos has testimonial evidence that some snowbirds are purchasing during their first long term stay. Our RV parks are sold out and there is a strong demand for more RV spaces for next year. Our local tourist attractions that have elected to stay open during the winter season have reported significant growth in traffic as a result of this influx of returning and new snowbirds to the area.  

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