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  • 27 March 2015
  • 23 March 2015
    Compost Bin Pre-sales & Workshop The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is offering pre-sales of (2) two different composting systems.   The Green Cone - can handle cooked food, meat waste, other food waste and breaks organic waste down directly into the earth. The Earth Machine - a backyard composter.   Information and pre-order sheets are available by clicking here, at the Sonora Community Centre or by contacting the RDOS. Completed order sheet(s) and payment(s) can be submitted in person at the Sonora Community Centre or mailed directly to the RDOS.   Compost bin pre-sales will be held until March 23, 2015.   FREE Educational Workshop! In addition, the RDOS is offering a free educational workshop relating to composting and rain water collection.  Workshop:  Easy Backyards - Water, Compost and Wildlife        Date:          Monday, March 23, 2015 Time:         6:30 pm    Location:    Sonora Community Centre, Osoyoos For more information please contact: Sarah Dynneson                                                RDOS Sonora Community Centre                                    101 Martin Street 8505-68 Avenue, Box 3010                                  Penticton  BC  V2A 5J9 (T)    250.495.4623                                              (T)   1.877.610.3737 (E)                                  (E) (W)                                            (W)  
  • 13 March 2015
    EOI - Development of Town-Owned Richter Property The Town of Osoyoos is soliciting competitive Expression of Interest (EOI) from the private sector to purchase and develop the Town-owned Richter property (1.31 ha/3.23 acres), with about 40 mixed housing units. This is an exciting opportunity to get in at the ground floor of a beautiful planned neighbourhood in our SE Meadowlark area which could eventually build out to about 300 housing units. There will be a variety of housing offerings for young families with children through to seniors and everyone in between, including some fully integrated affordable housing for younger working households.  A diverse and attractive mix of housing will be offered including innovative small lot single-family homes with optional lane-way carriage homes, row housing with rear or shared parking, and low-rise apartments. Careful design controls will ensure the whole area is a showpiece for urban design excellence including attractive buildings on a Santa Fe theme reflecting our semi-desert ambiance, full municipal services, convenient footpaths and pathways, and access to a central pond. Expression of Interest (EOI) must be submitted to the undersigned by 2:00 pm on March 13, 2015 in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Purchase and Residential Development of Town-Owned Richter Property”.  For a detailed EOI package please click on the links below: Expression of Interest (EOI) Information Package with attachments: SEM Area Plan (Schedule 'C' of Town of Osoyoos OCP) and Overall Design Concept (Appendix 1 of SEM Area Plan) Intensive Residential Development Permit Area (IRDPA) Guidelines (Section 9.0 in main OCP body) IRD Zone (Section 8.7.1 of Town of Osoyoos Zoning Bylaw)   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)   250.495.0407 (E)
  • 5 March 2015
    Job Posting Relief Building Service Worker The Town of Osoyoos requires a relief Building Service Worker in the Community Services Department.  This is a relief position with the hours being set by the Director of Community Services.  This is a bargaining unit position and the 2014 hourly job rate for this position is $20.00 - $21.00 per hour. Click here for posting and job description, including required knowledge and education.  Applications will be accepted until 4:30 PM, Thursday, March 5, 2015.   Please submit applications online or to: Janette Van Vianen, CMC Director of Corporate Services Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos, BC   V0H 1V0 (E) (F) 250.495.2400 We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  No phone calls please.
  • 3 March 2015
    RDOS INFORMATION RELEASE Burning Leaves and Green Brush Linked to Health Problems The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is advising residents not to burn wet leaves, thatch and brush. Smoke from burning can create serious health problems. Instead leaves and brush can be put out for yard waste collection in March, brought to a local landfill for free drop-off or composted at home.   Wet leaves, thatch and green brush are potent sources of smoke when burnt. Thick bellowing smoke contains soot, dust and fine particulates that can cause serious health problems for children, seniors and people with respiratory issues. Fine particulates in smoke have been linked to increases in heart and lung disease and cancer. The Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys can trap smoke causing a buildup of particulates.   Residents have a number of ways to dispose of leaves, thatch and green brush. In March, homes in most of the RDOS (and Osoyoos) will receive yard waste collections. Residents receiving curbside collection can place out an unlimited amount of leaves and brush in paper yard waste bags or reusable containers like garbage cans. Home owners can check for the dates of yard waste collections by contacting their local government. All landfills within the RDOS can also take, free of charge, up to 500 kg of compostable yard waste per trip.   Leaves can also be composted beautifully at home. Leaves are designed to break down quickly creating nutrient rich compost that can be applied to lawns or gardens. From March 1 to 23, businesses and local governments across the RDOS will be pre-selling residential compost bins at wholesale prices. For details on the compost bin sale or for tips on how to compost contact the RDOS at or call 1.877.610.3737.   _______________ M. Pendergraft RDOS Board Chair Week of First 2015 Yard Waste Collection for RDOS Tuesday, March 3, 2015 RDOS Rural - Electoral Areas ‘A’ ### Click here for the Town of Osoyoos curbside pick up schedule for yard waste. Click here for the compost bin pre-sale application form.  Click here for information relating to the Osoyoos Fire Department. Within Town of Osoyoos boundaries - Outdoor fires are not permitted unless authorized by the Fire Chief.​  
  • 2 March 2015
    Next Town Council Meeting to be held on March 2 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 2, 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  
  • 2 March 2015
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  • 27 February 2015
    2015 Community Service Grant Program deadline February 27 The application process for the 2015 Community Service Grants is now open! The Town of Osoyoos assists non-profit organizations and community groups each year by way of the Community Service Grant Program. Organizations and community groups will be considered for receiving grant funding if their grant application meets the legislative criteria. Applications can be completed online by clicking here. Paper copies are also available at Town Hall (8707 Main Street) or the Sonora Community Centre (8505 68 Avenue). Please complete questions as required. All applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm (noon) on Friday, February 27, 2015. Gerald Davis Director of Community Services 8505 68 Avenue, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)    250.495.4621 (F)    250.495.5136 (E)
  • 16 February 2015
    Council Meeting Highlights for February 16, 2015 Click on the buttons to watch the videos of the Committee of the Whole and the Regular Open meeting.  Committee of the Whole   Regular Open   DELEGATIONS RDOS 2015 Goals and Objectives and Budget Presentation – Sandy Croteau, RDOS Finance Manager Osoyoos & District Museum and Archives – The Community’s New Museum – Mat Hassen, Osoyoos Museum Society President and Kara Burton, Museum Manager.  Open in spring of 2017. RDOS Organics Waste Management Plan – Cameron Baughen, RDOS Solid Waste Management Coordinator.  Feasibility studies have commenced.  BUSINESS Miller Springs Limited – Request for support – FORTIS BC Upgrade from Single Phase to Three Phase Power.  Administration to seek out additional information about the Miller Springs project and its impacts on the water supply and the community.​ SILGA Convention – Internet Voting Resolution. Council approved forwarding a resolution to the SILGA Convention relating to the analysis and legislative changes required to implement online voting for the 2018 local government election.​ Osoyoos Victim Services Program 2015 – 2016 Funding Agreement. Council authorized the signing of the agreement for a one year term. Osoyoos Traditional Archery School – Licence to Use 11600 Strawberry Creek approved for a three year term from 2015 to 2017. Wine Country Racing Association Airport License to Use – agreement approved for 2015. REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS  Attended fire hall planning meeting on February 13. Occupancy possibly by August of 2016. (Rhodes) Osoyoos Child Care Centre seeking volunteers for directorship.  Contact Councillor Youngberg by email. Rogers cell tower - many concerns have been expressed.  Would be located in RDOS Area A and not within Town boundaries.  Concern that positioning may create an ‘eyesore’.  Encouraged anyone with concerns to contact Rogers by February 23, 2015. Matter was brought forward at RDOS board, which is working on a policy to deal with cell towers. (Mayor) Attended site of new Okanagan Correctional Centre.  Project is on time and on budget. (Mayor)  Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website.    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.  
  • 28 January 2015
    NEW Fitness Classes being offered at the Sonora Community Centre The Community Services Department is excited to announce changes to our morning fitness classes - effective immediately! Cardio Combo with Louise Snider Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:45am-9:45am This low impact aerobics program offers toning and stretching along with a great cardio workout!  A perfect class for beginners or those looking for a class that's not too intense.   Cardio-Strength Interval Training with Kelsi Bissonnette Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:45am-9:45am A combination class of cardiovascular exercises combined with intervals of strength training using various equipment. This class will target the entire body, with focus on the CORE. Interval training gives the body the variety and change in exercises, which is very effective to show results because each time you come the workout changes. You never get bored! This class is suitable for all levels and modifications will be shown. Please bring water, a towel, light workout wear, good clean runners and a positive attitude.   For more information regarding the classes please contact: Sonora Community Centre (T)  250.495.6562 (E)
  • 1 January 2015
    2015 Committee of the Whole and Regular Council Meeting Schedule Agendas, Minutes and Videos | Council Members |  Printable Schedule  Pursuant to Section 127 of the Community Charter, notice of the schedule of regular council meetings must be published.  The regular meetings of Council are held at 2:00 PM at the Town Office Council Chamber at 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  In the event that the meeting day is on a statutory holiday, the meeting will be held on the Tuesday.  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. The regular meeting schedule is subject to change with notice. The 2015 schedule is as follows: January 5- Cancelled January 19 February 2 February 16 March 2 March 16 April 7 (Tues) April 20 May 4 May 19 (Tues) June 1 June 15 July 6 (Tues) July 20 August 4 (Tues) - Cancelled August 17 September 8 (Tues) September 21 October 5 October 19 November 2 November 16 December 7 December 21  
  • 24 November 2014
    Town of Osoyoos Council explores repurposing of local Airport Lands Town of Osoyoos Council is exploring a more practical use for an airport facility that now serves a limited number of recreational aircraft and a drag strip for local racing enthusiasts.   Council determined November 3 the existing airport lands could be better used for industrial expansion. Council then met with newly elected Councillors, members of the Town’s Economic Advisory and Destination Osoyoos boards on November 17 and explained its conclusion.   All agreed Council’s direction was in the best interests of the community.   “Very few aircraft use the existing airfield,” explained Mayor Stu Wells, adding that Council had grappled over the last two years with a proposed $4.5-million expansion to make the facility a more viable operation.      An expansion would have required the purchase of some adjacent property, he added.   Council viewed the $4.5-million expenditure as redundant given the airport facilities in Oliver and a shuttle service recently developed to move air travellers from Kelowna and Penticton airports to Osoyoos.   “We’re confident visitors to Osoyoos arriving by pleasure aircraft can be accommodated by the Oliver facility,” said Mayor-elect Sue McKortoff.   “Given the location of the property near Hwy. 3 and Hwy. 97, using the land for an industrial purpose makes so much more sense.”   The airport property was granted to the Town for airport purposes. Before changing the property’s use to industrial, the Town would be required to purchase it from the province.   “Osoyoos has a limited land base and must make the best use of the land that is available to the community,” said McKortoff. “Future growth and development of the community will require additional industrial lands.”   The Town currently has just two industrial lots available for sale and development.   Barry Romanko, the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer, said he was pleased with the way in which the decision was made.   “Right now we’re somewhat in between two Councils, with one going out and another ready to begin service December 1,” he explained. “By involving all councillors in the discussion, we’ve provided for continuity.”   The new Council will have the final say on whether to move forward with the land purchase — and subsequent decision to convert the airport to industrial use.   “Obviously, there will be substantial consultation with members of the Osoyoos community as well,” said McKortoff.   ####   For more information:   Barry Romanko, CAO Town of Osoyoos (T)  250-495-6515 (E)

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