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  • 15 January 2021
    BC Reconciliation Award Nomination Deadline January 15 The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, in partnership with the BC Achievement Foundation, is honoured to announce the launch of the British Columbia Reconciliation Award, recognizing individuals, groups and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect and commitment to furthering reconciliation or inspired others to continue reconciliation efforts.    This award celebrates the promise of a shared path to reconciliation through the incredible work of leaders from all over British Columbia, whose commitment to recognizing past injustices and healing those wounds will lead us all to a brighter future. A selection committee for the BC Reconciliation Award will include representation by Indigenous Elders, BC First Nations leadership and government partners. The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, is deeply committed to strengthening the ever-evolving relationship between the Crown and Indigenous peoples. This commitment includes her participation in the actions that further reconciliation and her support of endeavours that promote truth and understanding, including this new award.    The BC Achievement Foundation has several established programs honouring excellence and inspiring achievement throughout British Columbia, including the Indigenous Business Award and the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art. It is the hope of Judith Sayers, BC Achievement Foundation board member, that this award will not only recognize the truths of past wrongs but will also showcase examples of how to make things right, and inspire others to follow.    Consider your community and the efforts of the Elders, leaders, and neighbours who strive to further reconciliation. The nominations process is open to any individuals and organizations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous identity who have shown exemplary dedication to asserting truth and reconciliation initiatives. We encourage you to nominate those brightest among us. Reconciliation must take root in our hearts, within families, between generations, and throughout our communities. We look forward to supporting this award and its deeply meaningful goal of building our relationships with each other across cultures and social barriers. Click here for more information and to submit a nomination for an individual or organization. The nomination period will close on January 15, 2021. Click here to view Tips for Submitting a Compelling Nomination.  BC Achievement Foundation (E) info@bcachievement.com (TF) 1-866-882-6088
  • 4 January 2021
    2020 BC Transit Holiday Service
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  • 25 December 2020
    Find the Elf in our Osoyoos Parks!
  • 15 December 2020
    TENDER Twin Domestic Water Distribution System No.9 Contract #2 Deadline December 15 Sealed Tenders clearly marked "Twin Domestic Water Distribution System No. 9 - Contract #2" will be received at the Town of Osoyoos PO Box 3010, 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, B.C. V0H 1V0 up to 2:00 p.m. local time, Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Tenders will be opened in public in the Town of Osoyoos office at 2:00 p.m. on the tender closing date, if the Town office is open to the public.  If the Town office is closed to the public due to COVID-19, tenders will be opened in private. The project comprises the following works and approximate quantities: 4785 m of 100 mm dia to 250 mm dia PVC watermain and appurtenances 1180 m of 19 mm dia to 50 mm dia water service tubing and appurtenances 270 m of directional drill across Highway 97 10,410 m2 of pavement surface restoration 49 water meter pits c/w meters (19mm0) 30 in-house water meters including plumbing modifications TENDER DOCUMENTS Tender documents are available by clicking the link above or by going to BC Bid or the Interior Purchasing website.  Tender Documents (printed) may be obtained from the offices of TRUE Consulting (Kamloops) upon payment of $50.00, which is non-refundable.   A Planholder Registration Form must be completed and 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. Tenders must be accompanied by the following: A BID BOND, CASH DEPOSIT, CERTIFIED CHEQUE or IRREVOCABLE LETTER OF CLEAN CREDIT in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the Tendered Price. If a Bid Bond is provided, a CONSENT OF SURETY relating to subsequent security arrangements for PERFORMANCE and LABOUR AND MATERIALS PAYMENT GUARANTEES. 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 TRUE Consulting Group Ste. 201 - 2079 Falcon Road Kamloops  BC  V2C 4J2 (T)  250.828.0881 (F)  250.828.0717     Owner Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (F)  250.495.2400 No phone calls regarding the tender results. They will be posted on the applicable news article on this website within '24 hours' after the deadline.
  • 14 December 2020
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Executive Assistant Deadline December 14 The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC, located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Executive Assistant/Communications Coordinator. Position Information Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), this full-time management exempt position is responsible for providing confidential secretarial and administrative support services, including communications and IT, to the CAO, Mayor, Council, and the Senior Management Team. The work is varied and complex and a flexible, pro-active approach and the ability to multi-task is required. The EA is responsible for the Town's communications activities and works with the CAO and other departments to ensure that the Town's Corporate branding and communication standards are upheld. The position is expected to research, prepare, and implement communication activities across the spectrum of municipal communication modes to provide information to the community and stakeholders and facilitate public engagement. In addition to communications activities, the Executive Assistant provides IT support and training, plans and implements hardware and software requirements, and is the staff liaison to the Town's IT contractor. The EA is the first point of contact and liaison between the community, the CAO, and the Mayor. The EA is expected to demonstrate professionalism, confidentiality, and build constructive and effective relationships with internal and external customers, and be committed to meeting their needs in a timely and accurate manner. Osoyoos is situated in a unique and special environment that includes the warmest freshwater lake in Canada and the warmest annual temperature. It is Canada's only true desert, with the lowest annual precipitation and Sonoran Desert flora and fauna. Surrounded by stunning vistas, beautiful vineyards, fabulous golf courses and other outdoor amenities, it is an extraordinary area to visit, play in, and live. Click here for a detailed job description. The Town of Osoyoos offers a comprehensive benefits package and a competitive salary. Qualified applicants need to apply via email to careers@osoyoos.ca or online with a letter of interest and resume by 4:30 PM, Monday December 14, 2020. All inquiries or questions about this career opportunity should be directed to: Allan Chabot Chief Administrative Officer (E) achabot@osoyoos.ca (T) 250.495.6515 We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • 7 December 2020
    Next Town Council to be held on Monday December 7, 2020 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 9:00 AM for the Committee of the Whole meeting and at 2:00 PM for the Regular Open Meeting in Council Chambers at Town Hall located at 8707 Main Street. The Town of Osoyoos Council meetings will be closed to the public until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. On May 1, 2020 the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General repealed MO 83/20 and replaced it with Ministerial Order No. M139.  This order allows the Town to close all Council meetings to the public in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and enables Council to continue to conduct business. Council meetings will continue to be streamed live on our website. Click here to watch the Council meeting live or view recorded meetings.  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 Town of Osoyoos 250.495.6515 info@osoyoos.ca
  • 3 December 2020
    REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS for SCBA Deadline December 3 Through this Request for Proposals, the Town of Osoyoos invites Proposals for the supply and delivery of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (“SCBA”) for the Town of Osoyoos Fire Department. The Supplier selected from this RFP may also be required to provide annual testing for the SCBA Equipment. This Request for Proposals (the “RFP”) is organized into the following parts:  Part A: The Equipment – full details of the SCBA required Part B: The RFP Process – the process for submissions, evaluation and award of the Contract Part C: The Contract – the Contract the Town will enter into with the selected Supplier Part D: Submission Forms – the forms a Respondent should submit in their Proposal Closing Date and Time: December 3, 2020 @ 2:00pm local time. Full details on the requirements are provided in the link below or on BC Bid. CLICK HERE to review the RFP Document(s). Please note that you will need to Create an Account to Register for this Bid or Submit a Question(s). Click on the BIDS&TENDERS button below to view/register/submit a question.    Andy Brennan, SCMP The Interior Purchasing Office Inc. 250-826-7996 andy@interiorpurchasing.ca www.interiorpurchasing.ca
  • 1 December 2020
    Giving Tuesday Okanagan December 1 Giving Tuesday Okanagan movement goes virtual this year Global Day of Giving takes place on December 1 Giving Tuesday Okanagan is going virtual this year on Tuesday, December 1. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, Giving Tuesday is the opening day of the giving season and all local activities will be hosted on the Giving Tuesday Okanagan Facebook page including the City of Kelowna and City of Penticton civic proclamations. The Giving Tuesday Okanagan civic movement kicked off in 2015 with mayoral proclamations and events in all three major cities: Penticton, Kelowna, and Vernon. The day is an opportunity for local non-profits, charities, businesses, and individuals to recognize and celebrate the start of the giving season. Since 2013, Giving Tuesday has united millions of Canadians to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. The impact of Giving Tuesday goes well beyond charitable donations, inspiring giving in all its forms. From coast to coast to coast, people are embracing this day as an opportunity to raise money for local charities and non-profits, run food and clothing drives, give blood, encourage kindness, help a neighbour and celebrate generosity. At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity—to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal. So far more than 7,500 Canadian charities, businesses and community groups have used GivingTuesday to rally generosity and help make the world a better place in countless ways. Around the globe there are official GivingTuesday movements in over 70 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Slovenia, Tanzania, the UK and more. Join the movement! There are many ways to get involved with Giving Tuesday Okanagan: Follow us on Facebook and/or share your Giving Tuesday activities on our Facebook page; City of Kelowna and Penticton proclamations and videos will be shared here; #GivingTuesdayOkanagan #GivingTuesdayCA Consider ways to "give" back to your favourite charity or community organization by donating either time, talent or treasure. Join the Giving Tuesday Okanagan Movement online
  • 27 November 2020
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Fire Chief Deadline November 27 The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC, located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Fire Chief. The Osoyoos Fire Department is a composite department consisting of three full-time Chief Officers and a team of paid on call firefighters. Position Information Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), this full-time exempt management position will organize and lead all fire department business, operations, and administration as well as provide incident command at emergency situations of all types. This position plays a key role within the corporate leadership team of the Town. Your work will be integral to developing and facilitating an innovative, efficient, and highly effective on call fire department. In addition to the role of Fire Chief, you will provide advice and expertise to the Town emergency management program as the Deputy Emergency Coordinator, as well as assisting in Bylaw Enforcement. You will be an excellent communicator, possess strong leadership, interpersonal, and financial management skills and will have a demonstrated history of improving performance utilizing innovation and efficiency rather than expansion and expense. Osoyoos is situated in a unique and special environment that includes the warmest freshwater lake in Canada and the warmest annual temperature. It is Canada's only true desert with the lowest annual precipitation and Sonoran Desert flora and fauna. Surrounded by stunning vistas, beautiful vineyards, fabulous golf courses, and other outdoor amenities, it is an extraordinary area to visit, play in, and live. Click here for a detailed job description. Click here to complete the Fire Chief Profile Form in PDF Format. Click here to complete the Fire Chief Profile Form in Word Format. (You will need to save/download the document in HTML format and open the file using Microsoft Word.) Qualified applicants need to apply via email only to careers@osoyoos.ca by 4:30 PM Friday, November 27, 2020 with "Fire Chief Recruitment" in the subject line. Provide the following information: Covering letter Detailed Resume Compulsory Fire Chief Profile Form Three references Salary Expectation All inquiries or questions about this career opportunity should be directed to: Allan Chabot Chief Administrative Officer Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 (E) achabot@osoyoos.ca (T) 250.495.6515
  • 25 November 2020
    Notice of Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1367, 2020 Pursuant to Section 124(3) of the Community Charter¸ notice is hereby given that the Council for the Town of Osoyoos is proposing to replace its current Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1271, 2010 by adopting “Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1367, 2020” at a Special Open Council Meeting held on November 25th, at 11:00 am in Council Chambers. The Procedure Bylaw: a) establishes rules of procedure for council meetings, including the manner by which resolutions may be passed and the manner by which bylaws may be adopted; b) establishes rules of procedure for meetings of council committees; c) establishes rules of procedure respecting electronic participation at council and committee meetings; d) provides for the taking of minutes of council meetings and council committee meetings, including requiring certification of those minutes; e) provides for advance public notice respecting the time, place and date of council and committee meetings and establishes the procedures for giving that notice; f) identifies places that are to be public notice posting places for the purposes of section 94 [public notice]; g) establishes the procedure for designating a person under section 130 [designation of member to act in place of the mayor]; h) establishes the first regular council meeting date referred to in section 125 (1)[council meetings]as a day in the first 10 days of November following a general local election. The key proposed amendments in the replacement Bylaw include, but are not limited to, the following: • Moving Council meetings from the first and third Monday of every month to the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. • Changed order of proceedings and business for the Regular Council meetings. • Formalizing Committee of the Whole meetings and Committee meetings. The bylaw may be inspected at the Town of Osoyoos Office, 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC, Monday-Friday between 9:00 am -and 1:00 pm from November 10th – November 25th, 2020, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays, or at www.osoyoos.ca. Brianne Hillson Deputy Corporate Officer Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0 (E) brianne@osoyoos.ca
  • 16 November 2020
    Snow Control Guidelines are Now in Effect Do your part by following a few simple tips for Snow Control this winter: Ensure snow removal equipment has clear access along your street. When snow is forecasted, please refrain from parking your vehicle on the road until streets have been cleared. Be patient when roads are being cleared. Use caution when snow removal equipment is on the road. In accordance with the Good Neighbour Bylaw No. 1277: Residential property owners shall remove all snow or ice from all sidewalks bordering the real property within 24 hours from the cessation of a snowfall or storm event which caused such accumulation. Commercial property owners shall remove all snow or ice from all sidewalks bordering the real property no later than 10:00 AM each day. No person shall deposit snow, ice or other material removed from sidewalks, boulevards, lanes, or private property onto Town property or highways. A fine of $500 will be levied to anyone depositing snow or ice on Town property or highways. On October 3, 2016 Town Council adopted the amended Traffic Bylaw No. 1256, 2009 to allow Operational Services to tow vehicles.  Attempts will be made to contact the owner of any vehicle parked in such a way that impedes with snow removal prior to towing.  This will allow Operational Services to provide residents with a more effective and efficient snow/ice removal service.  Traffic Bylaw will be enforced as follows: Section 12, subsection 12 “Where the clearance is less than twelve (12) feet between stopped or parked vehicles to ensure that snow or ice removal equipment has free passage on a street.” Section 7, subsection 1 “Any vehicle unlawfully occupying any portion of a street or public place, or otherwise in contravention of any section of this bylaw, may be removed, detained, or impounded by order of the CAO or his designate, or a Bylaw Enforcement Officer. A removal fee in the amount of actual costs including towing fees, an impoundment fee in the amount of the actual cost paid to a commercial storage facility or tow yard for each day or part of a day for which the vehicle is impounded, and a 10% administration fee based on costs of towing and storage, shall be paid by the owner before release of the vehicle and such fees may be recovered by sale of the vehicle at public auction not less than 30 days after the date of impoundment, or by action in a court of competent jurisdiction.” The Town of Osoyoos thanks you for your cooperation.  Winter Safety is everyone's responsibility. Help us help you, make winter safe for everyone. Operational Services (T) 250.495.6213 (E) pubworks@osoyoos.ca  
  • 10 November 2020
    CANCELLED Boil Water Notice District Systems 8 & 9 on November 10 This is to advise users of the Town of Osoyoos Water District Systems 8 & 9 that the Boil Water Notice will no longer be in effect as of today,  November 10, 2020.  If you require further information please contact: Operational Services 11500 115 Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6213 (E)  pubworks@osoyoos.ca
  • 5 November 2020
    TENDER Vedette Drive Reconstruction Deadline November 5 CLOSED MIKE JOHNSON EXCAVATING LTD $610,197.50 BENNETT CONTRACTING LTD $649,308.87 R355 ENTERPRISES LTD $518,431.04 SUPERIOR EXCAVATING SERVICES                     $537,185.25 MOUNTAIN SIDE EARTHWORKS LTD $651,519.67 BD HALL CONSTRUCTORS $684,436.73 COPCAN CIVIL LTD $742,457.63 TWIN CON ENTERPRISES LTD $504,943.50 H&M EXCAVATING LTD $619,594.50 GRIZZLY EXCAVATING LTD $875,332.50 - $257,352.94 = $617,979.56 The Town of Osoyoos invites tenders for the Vedette Drive Reconstruction Project in Osoyoos, BC. Sealed Tenders clearly marked “VEDETTE DRIVE RECONSTRUCTION” 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, November 5, 2020. Note that due to health and safety related to COVID-19, tenders will be opened privately in the Town of Osoyoos Office at 2:00 p.m. on the tender closing date. A summary of specific work items includes the following (approx. quantities): · Reconstruction of 1,700 m² of asphalt roadway including driveways, curb gutter, and sidewalk · Construction of 140 m² of asphalt pathway · Installation of 200 m of PVC watermain · Replacement of existing stormwater infrastructure including catch basins and drywells · Landscaping and irrigation system TENDER DOCUMENTS available here or on BCBID.   Paper copies may be ordered and picked up at the address below, on payment of a non-refundable amount of three-hundred ($300) dollars, including GST (cheques payable to TRUE Consulting): TRUE Consulting 201-2079 Falcon Road Kamloops, BC V2C 4J2 All bidders are asked to register with TRUE Consulting (using the 'Planholder Registration Form') to receive addenda that may be issued during the tender period. Bidders that do not receive or do not acknowledge receipt of addenda may be disqualified from the tender process. Questions and clarifications regarding the Tender must be submitted to TRUE Consulting no later than Monday, November 2, 2020. Town of Osoyoos Attn: Jared Brounstein Director, Operational Services (Public Works) 8707 Main Street Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0 For additional information, please contact: TRUE Consulting Todd Turnbull, AScT, CPWI 3 Email: tturnbull@true.bc.ca Phone: 250-828-0881 ext. 248
  • 2 November 2020
    Council Highlights for November 2, 2020 Click on button to watch the video of the Committee of the Whole and Regular Open meetings.   Committee of the Whole Regular Open   COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING Business Council discussed the draft Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1367, 2020, as presented by Brianne Hillson, Deputy Corporate Officer. Council directed staff to remove section 8 and replace it with wording which does not restrict the number of Council members participating electronically in council/committee meetings, with the exception that the presiding member be required to attend in person (Option #3). Council also directed that the amended bylaw be brought to the Regular Meeting on November 2 for consideration of first three readings. SPECIAL OPEN MEETING 2020 – 2023 Business Plan Update Council discussed the 2020 – 2023 Business Plan Update. Council directed staff to bring the Business Plan to an open Committee of the Whole meeting, where each Department Director will give a ten minute overview of their Operational Strategies and other relevant items identified in the Business Plan, as open discussion and review of the Plan promotes accountability and transparency around Council direction and strategic priorities. REGULAR OPEN MEETING Correspondence Allan Chabot, Chief Administrative Officer, presented a verbal report to Council on the BC Tourism Dependent Community Grants program. The Town of Osoyoos is one of thirty-three communities in the province that can apply for funding up to $1 million and the Town has identified a project which could make use of this funding opportunity. The project would include improvements at Legion Beach, including increased parking, a promenade, landscaping, improved beach accessibility, road safety improvements for the intersection of 62nd Avenue and 89th Street, and a public washroom/change room facility. Total project costs are expected to exceed the maximum grant amount and there are funds budgeted in future years for the washroom and the road improvements are noted in the 5 year Capital Plan to assist with the shortfall. Bylaws Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1367, 2020 was read for a first, second, and third time, as amended at Committee of the Whole. If approved this bylaw would update the rules of procedure for Council meetings, including how resolutions are passed and bylaws are adopted. Business Council authorized the issuance of Development Variance Permit No. 20-05. This permit allows for the construction of an accessory building with a maximum height of 5.5 metres at the rear of the property at 9117 92nd Avenue. Council accepted the application for Development Variance Permit No. 20-03 and authorized staff to proceed with the notification process of Council’s intention to consider the issuance of this permit at the November 16, 2020 Regular Council Meeting. If issued this permit would allow for a reduction in the front lot line setback from 6 metres to 4.5 metres of the property at 5812 89th Street. Council authorized and approved the Town’s signatories to sign the lease between the Town and Mrs. D’s Playschool to utilize a portion of the Sonora Community Centre for a three year lease commencing December 1, 2020 and ending November 30, 2023. The lease will be at the rate of $550/month for 2020 with a progressive CPI increase for the following two years. Council authorized the notice of intention to lease the Sun Bowl Arena for the purpose of operating a Junior B Hockey team for a one year term at a rate of $500 per game to Randy Bedard, owner of the Osoyoos Coyotes. Council authorized the Mayor and Corporate Officer to execute the partnering agreement with Tesla Motors Canada whereby Tesla agrees to provide, operate, maintain, replace, and pay all utility costs for eleven electric vehicle charging stations in the public parking lot located at 8513 74th Avenue. Reports Councillor Bennett attended the Destination Osoyoos meeting held on October 27th and noted that they will be conducting a virtual AGM this year. Councillor Bennett shared that the Osoyoos Visitor Centre is on reduced hours and that visitor stats for Osoyoos are higher than for Oliver and Penticton. Councillor King attended the Accessibility and Age-Friendly Committee meeting held on October 22nd via Zoom. The committee voted to move forward with the Spirit of the Game project presented to Council on October 5th. The committee is also looking at possibly fixing the stairs next to the new pump house at Lion’s Beach. Mayor McKortoff attended the Okanagan Basin Water Board AGM via Zoom. Mayor McKortoff attended a Zoom meeting with Resort Municipality mayors, where there were concerns about the continuance of funding for Resort Municipalities and about tourism in general. Mayor McKortoff and Councillor Rhodes will be attending the Budget and Strategic Planning meetings for the RDOS throughout November. Mayor McKortoff noted that the Market on Main will have an indoor winter market at the Sonora Community Centre starting November 7th at 10:00 am. Mayor McKortoff noted that next Wednesday is Remembrance Day and shared that Legion members will be at the market on Saturday where people will be able to make donations and get a poppy. Mayor McKortoff also congratulated Danica Maynard of Osoyoos on her poem placing third in the Intermediate category and being published in this year’s edition of the Legion’s Military Service Recognition book. Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website www.osoyoos.ca.
  • 31 October 2020
    Sonora Community Centre Fall Program Flyer The Sonora Community Centre is pleased to offer limited programs for the fall!  Registration is now open and can be done either by phone (250.495.6562) or online. COVID-19 Safety protocols are in place.  Sonora Community Centre Visitor Screening Form   Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca     
  • 31 October 2020
    2020 Fall Fitness Programs Sonora Community Centre Visitor Screening Form FunctionBlast    Instructor: Jorg Mardian Tuesdays 11:45am-12:45pm October 27-December 15   A class focused on helping people achieve their health and fitness goals through challenging STRENGTH, MOBILITY and FUNCTION! We encourage all fitness levels and everyone will be challenged and encourage each other through every workout. We have fun we work hard and we get results!   Cost: 3 month, 6 month and annual pass holders - FREE All others - $36 / 8 classes Registration is required for all fitness classes. Drop-ins will NOT be available. Registration will begin on Wednesday September 23rd and can be done over the phone or in person by appointment.  Space is limited to a maximum of 20 participants per class. Registration for individual days is not permitted. Classes will be held at the Sonora Community Centre with limited equipment and physical distancing measures enforced. Masks are encouraged but not required. For more information or to register for classes please contact the Sonora Community Centre at 250.495.6562.    Zumba Instructor: Stephanie Ryan Mondays and Wednesdays 4:15pm-5:15pm   We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high intensity moves for an interval style, calorie burning dance fitness party! Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check! Super fun? Check and check!   Cost: 3 month, 6 month and annual pass holders - FREE All others - $76.50 / 17 classes Cardio Combo  - FULL Instructor: Louise Snider Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  8:45am-9:45am October 14-December 16   This low impact aerobics program offers toning and stretching along with a great cardio work out! A perfect class for beginners or those looking for a class that’s not too intense.   Cost: 3 month, 6 month and annual pass holders - FREE All others - $121.50 / 27 classes FunctionBlast   - FULL Instructor: Jorg Mardian Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:45am-9:45am October 13-December 18   A class focused on helping people achieve their health and fitness goals through challenging STRENGTH, MOBILITY and FUNCTION! We encourage all fitness levels and everyone will be challenged and encourage each other through every workout. We have fun we work hard and we get results!   Cost: 3 month, 6 month and annual pass holders - FREE All others - $90 / 20 classes Yoga - FULL Instructor: Louise Snider Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm October 14-December 16   A great yoga class for beginners and experienced practitioners alike!   Cost: 3 month, 6 month and annual pass holders - FREE All others - $40.50 / 9 classes
  • 30 October 2020
    UPDATES on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan | Visitor Screening Form | PreparedBC Pandemic Preparedness Guide Check this page regularly for ongoing updates on the Coronavirus situation as it relates to Town of Osoyoos facilities, programs, services and events. Latest Bulletins 2020 11 20 EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 21 - State of Emergency-PHO-Masks Posted November 20 @ 4:30pm Interior Health Contact Information For non-medical questions or concerns about COVID-19, a provincial phone service has been established for British Columbians. They are open 7 days a week from 7:30am to 8:00pm and can be reached at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or by text at 604-630-0300. Posted November 13 @ 9:30am Interior Health issues COVID-19 alert Posted November 10, 2020 2020 10 30 EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 20 - State of Emergency-PHO-Social Interaction  Posted October 30 @ 4:00pm Message from Mayor (Updated November 20) Just yesterday, the Minister of Finance and our Provincial Health Officer announced new Province-wide restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 that are in effect until midnight on December 7, 2020. Those restrictions are far-reaching and all persons should review the detailed guidance regarding those restrictions found at the links below.   As a community we have worked hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19 over the last several months and we are being called upon again to redouble our efforts and hopefully put a stop to the recent increase in the number of confirmed cases in the Province. We understand how difficult these measures are for individuals, persons in care homes, our businesses and others and we encourage you to remain vigilant and do your part.   Thank you all for continuing to take the critical steps to keep you and your families safe and healthy. Please continue to wash your hands often, stay at least 2 meters away from others, stay home when you are sick and postpone any non-essential travel plans.  It has been mandated that we all wear masks when we are inside workplaces and businesses and those requirements apply to all Town facilities too.   These measures aren’t forever but they are for now. Mayor Sue McKortoff TOWN COMMUNICATION The Town of Osoyoos is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely to ensure we continue to respond to emerging issues as they relate to Town facilities, programs, services and events. This includes following the direction of Interior Health, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control or the Government of Canada.   While the COVID-19 situation is changing daily around the world, we are mindful that our community is concerned about the potential impact of the further spread of the coronavirus and we are acting accordingly to do what we can to support public safety. 2020 07 06 Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan Please click on the link below to view current/previous Bulletins posted. https://osoyoos.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/94866  OPEN Facilities IF YOU ARE SICK OR EXPERIENCING FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS PLEASE DO NOT ENTER or USE THESE FACILITIES. If you make an appointment you will be asked to fill out a “Visitor Screening Form” before entering the premises. Please practice social/physical distancing at these locations/facilities. Town Hall is only permitting one person at a time into the facility. Town Hall 250.495.6515 9AM-1PM Monday-Friday (Excluding Statutory Holidays) Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Sunbowl Arena 250.495.6562 Contact Sonora Community Centre for more information. Goodman Park Washroom 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca Marina Washroom 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca Dog Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Osoyoos Regional Library 250.860.4033 Please refer to their website. Osoyoos& District Sanitary Landfill 250.495.6515 landfill@osoyoos.ca Outdoor Pickleball Courts 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Parks & Trails (unless identified below) 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Play Structure at Kinsmen Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Play Structure at Lions Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Skateboard Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Tennis Courts 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca West Bench Complex 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Town Offices Remain CLOSED to the PUBLIC Below is a list of Town Offices that are currently closed to the public. You may be able to conduct some business in person by appointment only. You can still contact the facilities by phone or email as follows:  Planning & Development Services 250.495.6191 plan@osoyoos.ca By Appointment Only Bylaw Enforcement 250.495.6515 info@osoyoos.ca By Appointment Only Fire Hall 250.495.4631 fire@osoyoos.ca By Appointment Only Operations (Public Works) 250.495.4613 pubworks@osoyoos.ca By Appointment Only RCMP Office 250.495.7236 Emergency Call 9-1-1   At this time Town staff continue to work during regular scheduled office hours to bring services to the community and to perform necessary maintenance. Essential services are being maintained. CLOSED Facilities Desert Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Boat (Paid) Trailer Parking Lot 250.495.6515 Closed for the season Splash Park 250.495.6562 Closed for the season Pioneer Walkway Washroom 250.495.6213 Closed for the season All Public Washrooms (unless identified above) 250.495.6213 Closed for the season Sunrise Marina 250.495.6562 Closed for the season Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Payments A variety of payment methods are available: Mail Drop off payment slot at Town Office (8707 Main Street) Telephone/Internet Banking/etransfer Post Dated Cheques Bill payment with your local Financial Institution NEW Credit Card Payments *If making your payment through Telephone or Internet banking your account number is the folio/roll number located at the top right of your tax notice.  Enter with no spaces and no decimals, i.e. 55600987000. MORE INFORMATION For more information and updates, including answers to frequently asked questions and translated information, please consult the following resources: Interior Health Website First Nations Health Authority Government of Canada Website British Columbia Centre for Disease Control Website Self-Assessment Tool Service Canada Ready to Help Youth Service Canada Ready to Help Seniors Service Canada Ready to Help Businesses Still have questions? Visit these sites for trusted information and contact: HealthLinkBC / 811 if you have symptoms Call 1-888-COVID19 (268-4319) if you would like more information On behalf of Town Council and Staff we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation on this matter. Town of Osoyoos 250.495.6515 info@osoyoos.ca Osoyoos EOC 250.495.4635 eoc@osoyoos.ca
  • 21 October 2020
    NOTICE OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION OCP Amendment Bylaw 1230.28 Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1230.28, 2020 Public Notice is hereby given that, in accordance with Section 475 of the Local Government Act, a Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sonora Community Centre located at 8505 68th Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to review information related to the Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendment Bylaw No. 1230.28, 2020, which received first and second reading on September 21, 2020 at the Regular Council meeting. Bylaw No. 1230.28, 2020 The Bylaw proposes to amend the Official Community Plan (OCP) by allowing for a HR - High Density Residential designation. The proposed amendment to the OCP Bylaw will allow for a rezoning proposal to proceed in order to accommodate a multi-family residential development (maximum 65 units) for the property located at 5601 Lakeshore Dr. A copy of the proposed OCP and corresponding zoning bylaw amendments may be reviewed at www.osoyoos.ca or at the Department of Planning and Development Services office by appointment, located at 8711 Main Street from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, excluding lunch hours from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and excluding Saturdays and Sundays. Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1230.28, 2020 Report 1 OCP Amendment Bylaw No. 1230.28, 2020 COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS  IF YOU ARE SICK OR EXPERIENCING FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS FACILITY. If you have any underlying medical conditions, it is recommended that you not visit our facility. If you have travelled outside Canada, you are not permitted on our premises until you have self-isolated for a minimum of 14 days. Physical distancing is required at all times (minimum of 2 meters). Failure to observe physical distancing risks the closure of the facility, and as such, you will be asked to leave the premises. All visitors are not allowed to use the front entrance where the Okanagan Library is located.  You must enter the building using the east/back side of the building (parking lot door near the Osoyoos Elementary School Basketball Courts). Visitors will be encouraged to wear masks in the hallway, wash/sanitize their hands before and after accessing the building and must follow physical distancing guidelines. You will be required to complete a screening form and sign an informed consent when entering the Sonora Community Centre. Gina MacKay, MCIP, RPP Director of Planning & Development Services Box 3010, 8711 Main Street Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0   gmackay@osoyoos.ca
  • 16 October 2020
    TENDER Bayview Lift Station Construction Update Tender was awarded to TwinCon Enterprises Ltd on October 5, 2020. CLICK HERE  to view the construction letter that was provided to the residents in the area. Twincon will begin preliminary work on October 21, 2020 with construction starting immediately after. Twincon will be working in the area until approximately December 20, 2020 and returning to complete final work and paving in May 1 to May 15, 2021. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact: TwinCon Enterprises Ltd Justin Manuel, Site Representation @ 250.488.3201 https://www.twincon.ca/  TENDER CLOSED - CLICK HERE FOR TENDER SUMMARY The Town of Osoyoos invites tenders for the construction of the Bayview Lift Station in Osoyoos, BC.  Sealed Tenders clearly marked “BAYVIEW LIFT STATION” 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, September 10, 2020. Note that due to health and safety related to COVID-19, tenders will be opened privately in the Town of Osoyoos Office at 2:00 p.m. on the tender closing date. A summary of specific work items includes the following (approx. quantities): Installation of owner-supplied FRP Lift Station Removal of existing Jenco Lift Station Installation of approximately 70m of watermain Installation of approximately 60m of sanitary sewer Installation of approximately 80m of sanitary forcemain and valve chamber Electrical CLICK HERE to view Tender Documents, Drawings, Addendum, etc. All TENDER documents are available online at BCBID or paper copies may be ordered and picked up at the address below, on payment of a non-refundable amount of three-hundred ($300) dollars, including GST (cheques payable to TRUE Consulting): TRUE Consulting 201-2079 Falcon Road Kamloops, BC V2C 4J2 All bidders are asked to register with TRUE Consulting (using the Planholder Registration Form) to receive addenda that may be issued during the tender period.  Bidders that do not receive or do not acknowledge receipt of addenda may be disqualified from the tender process. Questions and clarifications regarding the Tender must be submitted to TRUE Consulting no later than Wednesday, September 2, 2020.  Engineer TRUE Consulting Group Ste. 201 - 2079 Falcon Road Kamloops  BC  V2C 4J2 (T)  250.828.0881 (F)  250.828.0717 Owner Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (F)  250.495.2400 No phone calls regarding the tender results. They will be posted on the applicable news article on this website within '24 hours' after the deadline. 
  • 15 October 2020
    Winter Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms As of October 15, 2020 all public park washrooms are closed for the season except for the following which will remain open: GOODMAN PARK & MARINA WASHROOMS Monday - Sunday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Town Hall (8707 Main Street) Monday - Friday (excluding statutory holidays) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Marina                                                     Goodman Park                                                      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.   
  • 30 September 2020
    Sonora Community Centre Re-opening September 21, 2020 We are pleased to announce that the Sonora Community Centre will be reopening on Monday September 21! To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff the following procedures, protocols and guidelines will be in place: All patrons must use the entrance on the east side of the building (door beside the Osoyoos Elementary School basketball courts). You will not be permitted access from the front door by the library. Everyone entering the building will be required to complete a screening form and sign an informed consent form each time they enter the building. Anyone who is showing signs or under the investigation of a respiratory illness, has been outside of the country in the previous 14 days or has been in close contact with someone who has or is under the investigation of a respiratory illness will not be permitted to enter the building. The doors to the Sonora Community Centre will remained locked. Users must book a time to use the facility or make an appointment to see the staff at the Sonora Community Centre. Users will be allowed into the facility no more than 15 minutes prior to their booked time and are asked to exit the building promptly after your booked time. Those wishing to use the weight room must book their workout time in advance. Users may book no more than 1 hour of time and must have a current 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or annual pass for the Sonora Community Centre. Weight room users must come already dressed to workout. Staff will begin taking bookings for pickleball courts Thursday September 17th, 2020. Change rooms and showers will not be available. Fitness classes will be available starting in October. Registration will be required and will start September 23. Pickleball courts will be available to book for 1 hour time slots. Users must book a full court (4 players) and all players must have a current 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or annual pass for the Sonora Community Centre. Courts may not be booked more than two weeks in advance. Players must bring their own equipment. Paddles and balls will not be provided. Staff will begin taking bookings for pickleball courts Thursday September 17th, 2020. Facility users will be encouraged to wear masks in the hallway, wash/sanitize their hands before and after accessing the building and must follow physical distancing guidelines.   Everyone that had a current membership when the centre was shut down March 17, 2020 will have their membership extended to make up for the time that was lost. 10 punch pass holders with passes remaining will be grandfathered in until their passes are used at which time they will be required to switch to a 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or annual pass. For more information regarding the re-opening of the Sonora Community Centre call: Community Services Department (T)  250.495.6562 (E)  recreation@osoyoos.ca   
  • 30 September 2020
    2020 Property Tax Payments are Due on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Click here for more information on how to pay your property taxes. 2020 Property Tax Due Date WEDNESDAY, September 30, 2020 Property Tax Notices will be mailed the end of May 2020 and payments are to be received by Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 4:30 pm. Property Tax Information Brochure  Town of Osoyoos Tax Calculations   Unpaid 2020 taxes (including unclaimed Home Owner Grants) are subject to a 5% late payment penalty. This 5% penalty will be applied to current outstanding taxes after 4:30 pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. An additional 5% penalty will be applied to current outstanding taxes on December 31, 2020. PAYMENT OPTIONS Due to COVID-19 Town Office is Open Reduced hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm A variety of payment methods are available to pay your Property Taxes: Mail a Cheque - Box 3010, Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0 Drop off your payment in the mail slot (left hand side of door) at Town Office located at 8707 Main Street.  E-Transfer NEW Credit Card Online - CLICK HERE  Local Financial Institution Telephone/Internet Banking - *If making your payment through Telephone or Internet banking your account number is the folio/roll number located at the top right of your tax notice. Enter with no spaces and no decimals, i.e. 55600987000. For more information or questions please contact: Tammy Derbyshire Accounting Clerk (T)  250.495.4612 (E)  tderbyshire@osoyoos.ca  Kahlua Gordin Senior Accounting Clerk (T)  250.495.4614 (E)  kgordin@osoyoos.ca 
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  • 24 August 2020
    Face Coverings Mandatory on BC Transit Buses as of August 24 BC Transit, in alignment with TransLink and other transportation agencies, will be proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the Province as of August 24.   Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of 5 and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons.   We recognize the advice from health professionals, including Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, has been to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible including on transit vehicles. Customers have indicated making the use of face coverings mandatory will create a more comfortable environment.   While face coverings will be mandatory, the policy will be implemented as an educational step without enforcement. The educational position is aligned with TransLink and other transit agencies in Canada.     We will work hard to ensure customers are aware of our new policy over the coming weeks, and work together to make transit a comfortable environment for staff and customers.   The Together We Ride campaign continues across the province, promoting the need to work together to make the transit journey comfortable for customers. Details are available here: bctransit.com/together-we-ride   BC Transit and our local government partners are working on plans to hand out promotional face coverings later this summer. Stay tuned for more details!   For more details about the mandatory mask policy and BC Transit’s response to COVID-19, please visit bctransit.com or call your local transit office. “Transit is an important service for many British Columbians. BC Transit's decision to make masks mandatory on their vehicles will help make transit safer for fellow passengers. Find one that's comfortable, and make time to get used to wearing them and taking them on and off as needed. Those of us who are able should be using masks on transit all the time. I do and I expect others to as well.” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry

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