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  • 16 November 2017
    Boil Water Notice Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 from April 1-November 16 The Town of Osoyoos has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE for Domestic Water Customers served by Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 Effective April 1, 2017 until November 16, 2017.    Please refer to the first three digits (008 or 009) of the account number on your annual utilities invoice, or click System 8 or System 9. During this time period the water source is switched from groundwater (well source) to Osoyoos Lake surface water supply.  While the Osoyoos Lake water is chlorinated, the current disinfection process is not adequate to protect from bacterial, viral and protozoan pathogens that may be present in the surface water source. The Town of Osoyoos and Interior Health recommend individuals drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice. Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 customers, water intended for drinking, washing ready to eat fruits and vegetables, making beverages, ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute. Interior Health has been consulted, and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved. The Town of Osoyoos is in the process of separating irrigation lines from domestic lines to improve water quality.  The public will be notified when these projects are completed. Please notify tenants, visitors, or other building occupants of the boil water notice. Thank you in advance for your patience. If you have any further questions please contact: Operational Services Department Box 3010, 11500 115 Street Osoyoos BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6213  (E)  pubworks@osoyoos.ca
  • 21 August 2017
    2017 Make Water Work Campaign ends August 21! We are asking residents of Osoyoos to visit MakeWaterWork.ca and “Take the Pledge” for your chance to win a $6,000 WaterWise yard upgrade thanks to our contest sponsors (KelownaGardens.com, Pro Source Irrigation, Bylands and Eco Turf).  If you haven't taken the pledge yet, please do so by clicking on the icon to the left. Then share the link with friends and family to do the same. The contest ends August 21, 2017. Corinne Jackson Communications Director Okanagan Basin Water Board Office:   250.469.6271 Email:   corinne.jackson@obwb.ca Click on the links below for more information: Town Water Restrictions  Water Conservation Tips
  • 19 June 2017
    Annual General Meeting on June 19, 2017 Pursuant to Section 99 of the Community Charter, the Town of Osoyoos is holding an Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 19, 2017 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, June 2, 2017. Further notice is hereby given that the Regular Open Meeting of Council scheduled for Monday, June 19, 2017 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) info@osoyoos.ca
  • 13 June 2017
    RFP Town Hall Roof Repair Deadline June 13, 2017 Sealed proposals clearly marked “2017 Operational Services Department Town Hall Roof Repair” will be received at the Town of Osoyoos Municipal Offices, 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC up to 2:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The project comprises the following: Remove and Dispose of Existing Town Hall Roof Tiles (approximate area = 6300 ft2 )  Inspect all Roof Structure Supports and replace if necessary  Remove Existing Insulation and Replace with New (R50 Value)   Remediate any mold discovered during the inspection process  Eliminate Flat Roof area over Town Hall Front Entrance and Replace with a Roof matching the same Pitch as the Main Building Roof   Remove, Dispose and Replace Existing Roof Tiles on Pergola Building beside Town Hall (approximate area = 200 ft2 ) Note: To be the same material as Town Hall Roof.   Remove and Replace Existing Eave troughs on Town Hall   Install New Roof (Metal, Tile or Solar option) Note: Material must be approved by the Town’s Planning and Development Department Proposal Documents are available electronically by clicking on the link below and/or BC Bid. RFP Document The lowest or any proposal will not necessarily be accepted. Inquiries about this Request for Proposals (RFP) can be directed to: Jim Dinwoodie, CET Director of Operational Services (T) 250.495.4618 (E) jdinwoodie@osoyoos.ca  
  • 5 June 2017
    Next Town Council to be held on June 5, 2017 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 5, 2017 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
  • 28 May 2017
    INVITATION Grand Opening of the New Fire Hall May 28  
  • 28 May 2017
    Osoyoos Play Days from ParticipAction’s 150 on May 27-28 Now is your chance to get out and try some of the fun activities in our community and have a chance to win some awesome prizes! Pick up your Osoyoos Play Days Passport at the Sonora Community Centre before May 27, 2017 Try at least 2 of the activities listed in the passport and have them stamped. Activities include fitness activities, paddling, yoga, hiking, pickleball and lawn bowling. Fill out the contact information on the back of the passport and drop it back off at the Sonora Community Centre by Tuesday May 30, 2017. You will be entered into a draw to win either an Adult Annual Pass for the Sonora Community Centre or a Fitbit. Don't forget to check out ParticipAction's 150 Playlist! Register and try the activities listed on their website for your chance to win even more prizes! Go to www.participaction.com for more information. For information regarding Osoyoos Play Days contact: Sarah Dynneson Program Supervisor Sonora Community Centre 8505 68 Avenue (T)  250.495.6562 (E)  sdynneson@osoyoos.ca  
  • 27 May 2017
    Osoyoos Play Days from ParticipAction’s 150 on May 27-28 Now is your chance to get out and try some of the fun activities in our community and have a chance to win some awesome prizes! Pick up your Osoyoos Play Days Passport at the Sonora Community Centre before May 27, 2017 Try at least 2 of the activities listed in the passport and have them stamped. Activities include fitness activities, paddling, yoga, hiking, pickleball and lawn bowling. Fill out the contact information on the back of the passport and drop it back off at the Sonora Community Centre by Tuesday May 30, 2017. You will be entered into a draw to win either an Adult Annual Pass for the Sonora Community Centre or a Fitbit. Don't forget to check out ParticipAction's 150 Playlist! Register and try the activities listed on their website for your chance to win even more prizes! Go to www.participaction.com for more information. For information regarding Osoyoos Play Days contact: Sarah Dynneson Program Supervisor Sonora Community Centre 8505 68 Avenue (T)  250.495.6562 (E)  sdynneson@osoyoos.ca  
  • 23 May 2017
    Town of Osoyoos Information on Flood Preparedness Information Bulletin #2 May 23, 2017 For Immediate Release Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates. Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels. Osoyoos residents should be aware that Osoyoos Lake is expected to noticeably rise within the next 24 – 48 hours.  This is a result of the continuing high inflows from Okanagan River and the rapidly rising Similkameen River.   All residents around Osoyoos Lake in low level areas should be monitoring their situation closely and, where appropriate, sandbagging as a precautionary measure.  Sand is available on Highway 3 across from the Osoyoos Dairy Queen.  Sandbags are available at the Town of Osoyoos Works Yard at 11500 – 115th Street. Please check in with neighbours to see if they require assistance in filling sandbags.  Volunteers wishing to help can contact the Emergency Operations Centre at 1-877-610-3737. Check in with neighbours and make children aware of the potential hazard of being close to creeks with high or fast flowing water. More information can be found on the Town of Osoyoos website at www.osoyoos.ca or Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) website at www.rdos.bc.ca.   Mark Woods RDOS Emergency Operations Center (EOC) RDOS EOC 250.492.0237 | 1.877.610.3737 Janette Van Vianen Town of Osoyoos Emergency Program Coordinator (T) 250.495.6515 Media enquiries are to be directed to the RDOS EOC.                                              
  • 15 May 2017
    Council Meeting Highlights for May 15, 2017 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 Meetings     COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Delegations President Dallas Morin of Dalden Global Inc., Gabe Seinmeyer and Pierter Jordaan of BGA Management America presented to Council an economic development proposal that would include a Sister City Agreement with a Town in Israel.  Business Request for Proposals to Repair the Town Hall Roof will be going out to the public. Council has asked that a report be brought to the Regular Council meeting to discuss the service levels of the Marina Boat Trailer Parking. REGULAR OPEN MEETING Delegations Chelsea Cameron Horner, Candidate for Miss Canada Petite stated that she will be representing Osoyoos in the Miss Canada Petite in August of 2017 in Toronto. Unsightly Property – 8308 70th Avenue, Lot 11,Plan 3085 DL2450S.  Council has deemed the property unsightly pursuant to the Good Neighbour Bylaw No. 1277, 2011 and amendments thereto and that the property owner be ordered to clear the property by May 29th, 2017. Bylaws 2017 Osoyoos Tax Rates Bylaw No. 1330, 2017 was adopted. This bylaw updates the tax rates for 2017, with the due date being July 4th, 2017. 5 Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1329, 2017 was adopted. Section 165 of the Community Charter requires municipalities to prepare a Financial Plan for a period of five years, which is adopted annually by bylaw. The Charter also requires council to undertake a process of public consultation regarding the proposed financial plan before it is adopted. The Public was provided the opportunity to make a presentation to Council at the May 15, 2017 Regular Open meeting on the Financial Plan Bylaw (see notices on the Town’s website). Administrative Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 1269.01, 2017 was read for a first, second and third time as amended by adding that non-profit groups are exempt from the $25.00 fee. Special Event Application Policy include the addition of fees to the Special Event Application Form. Recreation Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 1180.11, 2017 was read for a first, second and third time. Official Community Plan Amendment No. 1230.19, 2017 (Regional Context Statement Update) was adopted. Business Council accepted the 2017-20 Business Plan as presented by Barry Romanko, CAO The Town has advised the Province that we are interested in administering the Victim Services Program for 2017/18 but that the commitment is year to year and will be evaluated again at the next renewal date. Council approved administration to submit a project development grant application in the amount of $10,000 to the BC Rural Dividend Program to assist with the funding of a Downtown Revitalization Plan. Marina Repairs - Council accepted Osoyoos Shoreline Developments request to a 50/50 cost share on the current damages to the marina and change the agreement to reflect a 50/50 cost share on the “Act of God” damages. Council did not allow use of the Boat Trailer Parking lot for local marina lease holders. Reports Councillor Youngberg is working on the Medieval Event.  The event is to raise money to improve and keep Desert Park in a continuation improvement of the facility. Councillor Rhodes reminded residents to be vigilant and be aware of the flood hazard. Councillor Campol attended the Move for Health event. Councillor Campol attended the School District #53 School Board meeting. Councillor Campol is attending the Canada 150 event in Ottawa. Mayor McKortoff attended the Hike for Hospice walk. Mayor McKortoff advised Market on Main is now happening on Saturdays.  May 20th is the Grand Opening of the event. Mayor McKortoff advised that the Ducks Unlimited Conference is being held in Osoyoos this weekend. Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website www.osoyoos.ca. 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.
  • 15 May 2017
    2017-2021 Five Year Financial Plan Opportunity to Express Opinion The Town of Osoyoos is providing an opportunity for the residents of Osoyoos to express an opinion on the 2017-2021 Financial Plan at the Regular Open meeting of Monday, May 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm.  Council encourages the public to review this bylaw and if desired, to make representation to Council at the May 15, 2017 meeting either in person or in writing.   Written submissions can be mailed, hand delivered or emailed to the Town Office.  The Town will only guarantee that emails sent to info@osoyoos.ca will form part of the Council agenda.  The deadline for written submission is 4:00 pm on Friday, May 12, 2017.  A copy of the bylaw and accompanying highlights from the 2017 Budget can be viewed at the Town Office between 8:30am and 4:30pm, weekdays, or to view online click here (allow time to download). Jim Zakall Director of Financial Services  8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0​ (T) 250.495.6515 (F) 250.495.2400 info@osoyoos.ca  
  • 15 May 2017
    PUBLIC NOTICE Water Turbidity for Irrigation Districts No. 8 And 9 The Town of Osoyoos is experiencing spring runoff conditions, which has created higher turbidity levels in Osoyoos Lake. Currently the domestic water in these districts is still being supplied by intakes directly from Osoyoos Lake. Turbidity is not considered to be a health concern however it will affect the appearance of water. Turbidity is defined as the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid caused by large numbers of particles that are generally invisible to the naked eye, similar to smoke in air. We suggest you run your cold water in your bathtub or run your garden hose until the water is clear. Reminder Boil Water Notice is in effective from April 1, 2017 until November 16, 2017. Currently the Town is in the process of water twinning Districts No. 8 and 9. Town of Osoyoos Operational Services Department 11500 115 Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)      250.495.6213 (E)     pubworks@osoyoos.ca
  • 11 May 2017
    Town of Osoyoos Information on Flood Preparedness Information Bulletin #1 May 11, 2017 For Immediate Release Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates. Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels. The storm of May 4th caused significant flooding in the Central and North Okanagan and in pockets of the South Okanagan – Similkameen. The North and Central Okanagan are bearing the worst of the situation, and the aftermath is still affecting residents, properties, and infrastructure in those communities. Although most stream flows have reduced for the moment, the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is still active. It is uncertain how or if the situations further up the valley may affect the south Okanagan as water flows south through the mainstem lakes. The prediction of thunderstorms and rain by Environment Canada starting Thursday May 11th could add additional volumes of water moving through the lakes system to Osoyoos Lake. The Town of Osoyoos may take precautionary measures by sandbagging its critical infrastructure along the lake shore in order to protect the Town’s sewer lift stations in the event of possible flooding. Residents/business owners along the shores of Osoyoos Lake who have had high water levels and needed to sand bag in previous years, should know where to access sandbags by calling either the Town of Osoyoos or the RDOS. The Town is currently awaiting a new shipment of sandbags and sand from the Province. Location of those will be posted on the Town’s website www.osoyoos.ca as soon as they are delivered. We are being proactive, in anticipation of the heavy rain in the next few days and the higher temperatures bringing down the snow melt into the Similkameen River. This is a good opportunity for Osoyoos and area residents to also be proactive. Make sure to check and clear culverts on your property, remove machinery or equipment and valuables that may potentially be affected by flooding. Those neighbourhoods and areas that have experienced flooding in the past should remain alert for signs of water blockages, debris filled creeks near culverts and weirs. Report these to the RDOS or Town of Osoyoos. Also, being a good neighbour, checking in on neighbours or those that may have mobility issues is appreciated. Alert children of the potential hazard of being close to creeks with high or fast flowing water. This region is fortunate to have, at this point, no immediate serious threats and the window of time to continue to be proactive and remain alert. BC Rivers Forecast Centre predicts thunderstorms for Thursday and more precipitation on the weekend. This may cause creeks and rivers to rise again, combined with the melting snow pack. The levels are actively being monitored by all agencies and local governments.   Dale Kronebusch RDOS Emergency Operations Supervisor (EOC) RDOS EOC 250.492.0237 | 1.877.610.3737 Janette Van Vianen Town of Osoyoos Emergency Program Coordinator (T) 250.495.6515 Media enquiries are to be directed to the RDOS EOC.                                              
  • 8 May 2017
    PRESS RELEASE Health Care Services Delivered in Osoyoos May 8, 2017 For Immediate Release On May 4, 2017 members of Council met with representatives of the physicians practicing in Osoyoos to discuss the current state of health care services delivered in the community and to identify any collaborative efforts that can occur to improve health care services. There was agreement on the following key items relating to local health service delivery: There are areas that the physicians and council can work together to improve the delivery local health services; The medical service delivery model is an integrated multi-disciplinary system that needs to be addressed cautiously when considering implementing new delivery tools. Any new delivery model must be developed only after research provides evidence of potential success and impacts on the medical system; There are areas of the current system that will be improving with the addition of another physician into the community starting July 2017; The current system needs to be assessed and options explored to enable an enhanced delivery of medical services, with a focus on the future growth and demographics of the community. This assessment needs to a collaborative process between Council, local physicians, residents and Interior Health. Local physicians supported an initiative of the Town of Osoyoos to apply for a Rural Dividend Grant in the amount of $100,000 to hire a consultant to review the medical service needs of the community and develop a feasibility study to enable the development of an medical services center that will enable the delivery of enhanced medical services in the Osoyoos community. Council and the Doctors are committed to ongoing communication and cooperation to eliminate barriers that negatively impact health services in the community. -30- For additional information contact:   Mayor Sue McKortoff Town of Osoyoos (T)  250.495.6515 (E)  info@osoyoos.ca Dr. Calder Osoyoos Medical Centre (T)  250.689.0665 (E)  rvcalder@telus.net Dr. Tarr Desert Doctors' Clinic (T)  250.495.6565 (E)  ugqihra@gmail.com    Additional Links PUBLIC NOTICE Medical Services in Osoyoos  
  • 1 May 2017
    "Normal" Water Restrictions for Town and Rural Water Districts 8 & 9 Schedule "A" Water Conservation and Staged Restriction Bylaw No. 1273 (Town) Schedule "F" Osoyoos Water District Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1241 (Rural) MTI Bylaw (Fines) Yellow “Reminder” Flags for Water Restrictions Make Water Work Campaign Regulation Reference Sheet Water Conservation Tips Water Conservation & Staged Restrictions Brochure Normal – ALTERNATE DAYS WATERING: a)  Days of Watering:   Sprinkling is only permitted at residential, commercial and other non-agricultural properties as follows: Even numbered addresses:  Watering is only permitted on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday Odd numbered addresses:  Watering is only permitted on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday   b)  Automatically Controlled Underground Sprinkling Systems (Residential and commercial): Properties equipped with an automated time clock sprinkler system may only sprinkle between the hours of 12:00 midnight to 6:00 AM on the days permitted by the sprinkling regulations as described above. c)  Manually Controlled Sprinklers (Residential and Commercial): Properties equipped with only manually controlled sprinkling systems, including those attached to outside taps, may only operate from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and from 7:00 PM to 12:00 midnight on the days permitted by the sprinkling regulations as described above. d)  Sprinkling is not permitted between the hours of 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM during any day at any time of the year. Only one ½” (9mm) diameter outlet (outside tap) may be used at one time for sprinkling, and further, it is not permissible to use an open pipe or hose for irrigating purposes. e)  Use of water hoses is permitted for the purpose of washing boats or motor vehicles only when equipped with an automatic shut off nozzle.  f)  No person shall use water to wash sidewalks, driveways or parking lots, except and only if necessary for applying a product such as paint or preservative, or when preparing a surface prior to paving or repointing bricks, or if required by law to comply with health or safety regulations.  g)  Notwithstanding the above, the following are exempt from restrictions: i)    Watering of public sports playing fields, turf farms, and golf courses; ii)   Watering of flower and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs and trees using micro-irrigation, drip-irrigation, or a hose with an automatic shut off nozzle; iii)  Commercial car washes so long as each vehicle wash does not exceed 57 L of water. iv)  Under authority of permit issued under this bylaw.   h)  As a further exemption restriction, owners or occupiers of property who, by reason of physical or mental incapacity are unable to water their property within the restricted days and times, may water their property on any two days of the week for a maximum of 8 hours per day.                        For more information please contact:  Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (E)  info@osoyoos.ca   
  • 1 May 2017
    Landfill Fees and Summer Hours Effective May 1, 2017 Osoyoos & District Sanitary Landfill rates/fees change on May 1, 2017 from $95 per metric tonne to $110.00 per metric tonne, unless otherwise specified. The minimum charge remains at $5.00. No PERSON shall act in a manner that is threatening, discourteous, disruptive, or willfully negligent while on the SITE. SUMMER HOURS - April 1 to October 31 Tuesday              8:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday       11:00 am to 4:00 pm Thursday           11:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday                11:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday             8:00 am to 4:00 pm   HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING bins are accessible, without charge, during Landfill operational hours.   YARD AND GARDEN WASTE free up to 100 Kg per load. Conditions apply.   All loads entering the landfill must be covered and secured or will be fined as per Bylaw 1309, 2017. CLICK HERE to view Landfill Brochure. Please click here for more information and rates. Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)    250.495.6515 (E)    info@osoyoos.ca  
  • 1 May 2017
    Summer Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms​ Washroom Season May 1 – October 15 The summer washroom hours of operations are open daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM for the following Parks: Cottonwood Park | Goodman Park | Gyro Park | Kinsmen Park | Legion Beach | Lions Park | Pioneer Walkway Park Desert Sunrise Marina  If you have information about crimes to Town facilities you can provide an anonymous TIP by calling the Crime Stoppers 24/7 tip line at 1-800-222-8477.  CLICK HERE for more information on the Town’s Parks and Recreational facilities.   
  • 1 May 2017
    Council Meeting Highlights for May 1, 2017   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 Meetings    Special Open Meeting (May 3, 2017)   COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Delegations Cameron Baughen, RDOS, Solid Waste Management Plan Coordinator, gave a presentation on the composting proposal for the RDOS areas including the Town of Osoyoos.  Business South Okanagan Transit Report was presented for information only on the regionalization of the transit service and the amalgamation of rider’s guide and fare structure.  The proposed implementation date for the regional rider’s guide is July 1, 2017 PARCEL TAX ROLL REVIEW PANEL The Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel met –There were no complaints received and the parcel tax rolls were authenticated and signed by Council. REGULAR OPEN MEETING – May 1, 2017 Delegations Community Service Grants were awarded for 2017. WATER MATTERS Water District Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1241.10,2017 was read a first, second and third time. The Town of Osoyoos operates their rural water system under the Water District Rates and Regulations Bylaw 1241.  Each year the Town’s bylaws are reviewed and when changes are required they are brought forward as an amending bylaw to update the content and/or the fees and charges. Bylaws Water District Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1242.09, 2017 was read for a first, second and third time. The Town of Osoyoos operates their Town water system under the Water Rates and Regulations Bylaw 1242.  Each year the Town’s bylaws are reviewed and when changes are required they are brought forward as an amending bylaw to update the content and/or the fees and charges. Sewer Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1065.18, 2017 was read for a first, second and third time. The Town of Osoyoos operates their sewer system under the Town’s Sewer Rates and Regulations Bylaw 1065. Each year the Town’s bylaws are reviewed and when changes are required they are brought forward as an amending bylaw to update the content and/or the fees and charges. 2017 Osoyoos Tax Rates Bylaw No. 1330, 2017 was read for a first, second and third time. This bylaw updates the tax rates for 2017, with the due date being July 4th, 2017. 5 Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1329, 2017 was read for a first, second and third time. Section 165 of the Community Charter requires municipalities to prepare a Financial Plan for a period of five years, which is adopted annually by bylaw. The Charter also requires council to undertake a process of public consultation regarding the proposed financial plan before it is adopted. The Public can make representation at the May 15, 2017 regular open meeting (see notices on the Town’s website). Housing Agreement Bylaw No. 1328.01, 2017 was read for a first, second and third time. The Town is in process of selling five serviced lots in our Richter subdivision to Hart Buckendahl of Ellcar construction, including two for affordable housing.  A Council-approved Housing Agreement has to be appended to our Contract of Purchase and Sale with Mr. Buckendahl’s numbered company 1068612 BC Ltd.  The purpose of the Agreement is to apply Council Policy PLA-017, Near-Market Affordable Housing (NMAH) Program Guidelines to the two affordable units. Business Council awarded the contract to purchase a new 2 Ton Multi-Purpose Truck to Drive Products for $101,245 (plus taxes). Automated External Defibrillators Policy-(AED) Policy ADM-012 was approved and Council approved the Agreement with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Reports Councillor Youngberg toured Suncor Energy plant at Fort McMurray (through SILGA conference) Councillor Campol attended the SILGA conference at Sun Peaks. Councillor King attended the RDOS Open House on Solid Waste Management. Please fill in questionnaire on RDOS website. Mayor McKortoff med with Minister of Health - Terry Lake, and the representatives from Interior Health. Mayor McKortoff Honoured Bob Frost, former Mayor who passed away last week. Mayor McKortoff Congratulated Osoyoos Times for 5 National Canadian Community Awards. Mayor McKortoff attended SOAP Production “Since you Left Us”. Mayor McKortoff advised that Citizens on Patrol is needing a coordinator.  If anyone is interested please contact the local RCMP Detachment. SPECIAL OPEN MEETING – May 3, 2017 Bylaws Water District Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1242.09, 2017 was adopted. The Town of Osoyoos operates their Town water system under the Water Rates and Regulations Bylaw 1242.  Each year the Town’s bylaws are reviewed and when changes are required they are brought forward as an amending bylaw to update the content and/or the fees and charges. Sewer Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1065.18, 2017 was adopted. The Town of Osoyoos operates their sewer system under the Town’s Sewer Rates and Regulations Bylaw 1065. Each year the Town’s bylaws are reviewed and when changes are required they are brought forward as an amending bylaw to update the content and/or the fees and charges. Water District Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1241.10, 2017 was adopted. The Town of Osoyoos operates their rural water system under the Water District Rates and Regulations Bylaw 1241.  Each year the Town’s bylaws are reviewed and when changes are required they are brought forward as an amending bylaw to update the content and/or the fees and charges. Housing Agreement Bylaw No. 1328.01, 2017 was adopted. The Town is in process of selling five serviced lots in our Richter subdivision to Hart Buckendahl of Ellcar construction, including two for affordable housing.  A Council-approved Housing Agreement has to be appended to our Contract of Purchase and Sale with Mr. Buckendahl’s numbered company 1068612 BC Ltd.  The purpose of the Agreement is to apply Council Policy PLA-017, Near-Market Affordable Housing (NMAH) Program Guidelines to the two affordable units. Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website www.osoyoos.ca.   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.
  • 1 May 2017
    Town of Osoyoos to Implement Yellow “Reminder” Flags for Water Restrictions The Town of Osoyoos and Rural Water Districts 8 and 9 are on “Normal” domestic and lawn watering restrictions. These restrictions ensure that the residents of Osoyoos water their lawns on certain days, within a specified time interval. Even numbered addresses:  Watering is only permitted on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday Odd numbered addresses:  Watering is only permitted on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday No sprinkling is permitted between the hours of 10 am and 7pm. Over the summer we will be placing yellow flags on properties where lawn watering has been observed outside of the approved date or time.  These flags serve as a friendly reminder to educate residents and are not meant to harass or offend property owners/renters. We all have a part to play to conserve water in our community, and we believe these yellow flags are a better option than a ($100) fine. For more information please visit the Town website: www.osoyoos.ca/content/normal-water-restrictions-town-and-rural-water-districts-8-9 Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (E)  info@osoyoos.ca     
  • 25 April 2017
    PUBLIC NOTICE Medical Services in Osoyoos In recent months there has been a lot of public concern regarding the shortage of family physicians in the Town of Osoyoos. This is understandable and regrettable as Osoyoos, like many other rural communities, has been short physicians due to the combination of retirement, health issues, and physicians choosing to relocate to other communities. The challenges facing those people who find themselves without a family Doctor are recognized and understood by Osoyoos Town Council (Council). Recruiting and retaining family physicians in rural British Columbia has always been challenging. Fully licensed physicians are independent practitioners who can live and practice in the community of their choosing.   The delivery of medical services is done within an integrated multi-disciplinary system that has roles and responsibilities for each functioning body. Council would like to provide the Osoyoos community with insights into the role and the actions which Council is currently involved in enabling local medical services. By legislative statue the role of local government includes fostering the economic, social and environmental well-being of its community. This mandate provides a foundation for Council’s efforts to ensure that sufficient medical services are available in the community. In the area of medical services Council takes the following roles and actions: Advocacy Active public support and recommendation for medical services to influential bodies; Council representative on the SOS Rural Corridor Community Coalition; Meets with local MLA, Health Minister and Interior health on issues of local and regional health care services; Collaborates with Oliver Council on matters relating to South Okanagan General Hospital; and Meet with local Doctors to discuss local services. Preventative Health Care/Wellness Provision of community active living facilities such as Sonora Center, Sun Bowl Arena, activity fields and trails. Provision of community active living programs and support services. Community Action Working with volunteer groups to develop a community that will attract health care professionals; Supporting Interior Health and local Doctors efforts relating to Doctor recruitment; Supporting local Doctor’s efforts to deliver health services; Grants to support local activities that enhance community services and spirit. Osoyoos Town Council is committed to working with residents, Doctors and Interior Health to ensure that the Town of Osoyoos receives the highest possible medical services. Town of Osoyoos Mayor and Council | info@osoyoos.ca  
  • 10 April 2017
    LAND DISPOSITION Richter Property Lots In accordance with Section 26 of the Community Charter, the Council of the Town of Osoyoos (the “Town”) gives notice that it intends to transfer the lands and premises legally described as: LOT 1, DISTRICT LOT 2450S, SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION, YALE DISTRICT, PLAN EPP67132 (“Lot 1”); LOT 2, DISTRICT LOT 2450S, SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION, YALE DISTRICT, PLAN EPP67132 (“Lot 2”); LOT 3, DISTRICT LOT 2450S, SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION, YALE DISTRICT, PLAN EPP67132 (“Lot 3”); LOT 15, DISTRICT LOT 2450S, SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION, YALE DISTRICT, PLAN EPP67132 (“Lot 15”); and LOT 16, DISTRICT LOT 2450S, SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION, YALE DISTRICT, PLAN EPP67132 (“Lot 16”);and substantially as detailed in the sketch plan below (the “Property”) to 1068612 BC LTD. (the “Purchaser”) for $415,000 with the purchase price allocated as follows:    $95,000 for Lot 1; $80,000 for Lot 2; $80,000 for Lot 3; $80,000 for Lot 15; and $80,000 for Lot 16. The transfer is intended in part to provide Affordable Housing Development to be constructed and maintained on Lot 3 and Lot 16. 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 (E)         alain@osoyoos.ca
  • 31 March 2017
    NOTICE Disposition of Land for Airport Lot 1 For Sale The Town of Osoyoos has put the above noted lot up for sale. All offers to purchase need to be made on Town forms available at the Town office or from the Town’s website by clicking on the links below: Notice of Disposition of Lot 1 Offer to Purchase KAP 89085 The Town will pay a 5% commission on value up to $100,000 and 2.5% on any amount beyond $100,000 to any registered real estate agent who brings a successful offer, accepted by Council, the commission would be payable on or after the Completion date of the sale. This lot is zoned “M1” General Industrial with specific permitted uses, and are serviced with water, sewer, Fortis (phase 1 power), Telus and Persona to the property lines. As a basic requirement, bids must comply with the following site specific permitted uses set out for the airport subdivision in the  M1-General Industrial Zone under  Zoning Bylaw 1085, 1998, Section 8.22. Council retains a 30-day proposal review and decision making time frame. Barry Romanko, CLGM Chief Administrative Officer Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)    250.495.6515 (F)   250.495.2400 (W)  bromanko@osoyoos.ca  
  • 22 March 2017
    Summer Student Employment The Town of Osoyoos has the following summer student positions open within the Community Services and Operational Services departments.  A student is defined as someone who is currently attending school, college or university and intends to return to school, college or university in the subsequent academic year. Grounds Maintenance – Operational Service Student positions available beginning May 1, 2017.  A valid British Columbia driver’s license is a requirement.  Experience in the operations of powered yard maintenance equipment would be an asset.  This is a bargaining unit position with a present wage rate of $16.46 per hour plus 6% in lieu of benefits.  Deadline for résumé submission is 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Summer Program Coordinator – Community Services An energetic individual is needed from June 5, 2017 – August 29, 2017.  Applicants should have previous experience working with children and a current First Aid Certificate.  Good organizational skills and training in High Five – Principles of Healthy Child Development is an asset.  This is a bargaining unit position in conjunction with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada – “Canada Summer Jobs”, with a present wage rate of $20.20 per hour plus 6% in lieu of benefits.  Deadline for résumé submission is 2:00 pm on Friday, April 28, 2017. Summer Recreation Leaders – Community Services Energetic, caring, individuals needed from June 26, 2017 – August 25, 2017.  Applicants with previous experience working with children, a current First Aid Certificate, High Five training and Swimming/Life guarding are encouraged to apply.  This is a bargaining unit position in conjunction with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - ”Canada Summer Jobs” , with a present wage rate of $16.46 per hour plus 6% in lieu of benefits.  Deadline for résumé submission is 2:00 pm on Friday, May 26, 2017. Please submit your resume online by clicking here or to the undersigned. Janette Van Vianen, CMC Director of Corporate Services Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010, Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (E)    jvv@osoyoos.ca   The above positions are open to all students.   We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • 15 March 2017
    Discoloured Water for Town/Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 You may be experiencing discolored water due to increased spring flows. To clear your water please flush your lines by turning on a tap and running cold water for 10 to 15 minutes or until the water clears. Operational Services 11500 115 Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6213 (E)  pubworks@osoyoos.ca  
  • 13 March 2017
    2017 Spring/Summer Leisure Guide is NOW available! Find out what’s happening this fall at the Sonora Community Centre! Jammed packed with activities for children and adults. The 2017 Spring/Summer Leisure Guide is now available online and will be available at the Sonora Community Centre or Town Hall soon. Registration starts Monday March 13, 2017.                                               Online registration will be available March 13! Recreation Online Program Registration All programs are open to community members and visitors.  Looking for something to do this spring and summer? Then pick up your copy today! Sonora Community Centre 8505 68th Avenue Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.4623 (F)  250.495.2400 (E) recreation@osoyoos.ca  

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