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Council Meeting Highlights for June 4, 2018
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- Susan Brown and Carl Meadows gave an update on South Okanagan General Hospital (SOGH) and Community Services. Council . Ms. Brown assured Council that Interior Health is trying to grow and that they are trying to increase resources. Mr. Meadows stated that at SOGH they will be increasing the nursing staff. Mayor McKortoff inquired about the announcement from the Province about the hiring of additional doctors. Ms. Brown advised that Interior Health has put in the application required, starting in Penticton and Summerland but will look at expanding to Oliver/Osoyoos and Princeton/Keremeos.
- Miss Universe Canada Delegate Gina Pereira made a presentation to Council. Ms. Pereira will be travelling to Toronto in August for the Miss Universe Canada 2018 competition. Ms. Pereira has secured other donations from within the community and is requesting support from Council in the amount of $1,000.
- Mr. Jacob de Raadt, P.Eng., MBA spoke to Council regarding the recent upgrades to the rural water connections in the area. Mr. de Raadt is requesting the Town pay the costs to connect the water line from the property line to Mr. de Raadt’s residence.
- Director Dinwoodie presented Council with a concern from Mr. and Mrs. Lees at 11619-115th about the Town of Osoyoos issues. The Operational Services Department installed four dry wells in front of the above noted property approximately 5 to 7 years ago in attempt to deal with this issue. Unfortunately, during heavy rainfall events or periods of extended wet weather the existing dry wells cannot absorb enough water. Council staff to move the 115th Street Storm Drainage issues to the 2019 Budget planning discussions.
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- Foreshore and Lake Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1294.03 2018 – Wibit Water park was adopted.
- Council Procedure Amendment Bylaw No. 1271.02 was adopted. The Community Charter requires Council set the procedures of Council by bylaw. This amendment is to change the date of the first regular Council meeting following a general local election from the first Monday in December to the first Monday in November due to changes of election dates.
- Records Management Bylaw No. 1341, 2018 was adopted. Legislation requires the Town to have a proper records management system. The Town is moving toward an Electronic Records Management System (ERMS) and in doing so requires a bylaw and policies.
- Fire Protection and Life Safety Bylaw No. 1333, 2018 was adopted. This bylaw was developed to clearly identify the Fire Department’s service responsibilities, improve our regulatory environment and also to develop a fire department management system that reflects the expressed needs of contemporary municipal management systems and our volunteer department.
- Housing Agreement Amendment Bylaw No. 1343.01, 2018 was read three times. This amendment was brought to Council to increase the opportunities to sell near market homes to individual families. The original 20 year commitment was a barrier to the sale of homes to eligible buyers because it was difficult for people to accept such a long term commitment. This recommendation was a five year commitment that aligned with the mortgage programs five year commitment.
- Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Accessibility Committee as presented. The accessibility audit that was completed by Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARK) resulted in annual improvements that are currently undertaken by Town staff. Council has increased these accessibility improvements to $30,000 annually. The age friendly assessment is scheduled to be completed in June and it would be useful for this committee to oversee the recommendations of the report. This is a document that will be reviewed on a regular basis and will become a staple in our business planning activities.
- Council cancelled the Local State of Emergency that was issued on May 9th, 2018
- Council approved the Partnering Agreement with the Osoyoos Employee Housing Society (Inc. No. S0069263) and the Osoyoos Indian Band to provide a Temporary Worker Camp and authorizes the Town signatories to sign the final agreement.
- Councillor Rhodes attended an on-site meeting at the Dog Park.
- Councillor Rhodes congratulated the organizers of the Cactus Jalopies for all their hard work for putting on a great event
- Councillor Campol attended the Make Water Pledge in Kelowna.
- Councillor Campol thanked all the volunteers who helped out during the flooding in the community.
- Councillor King thanked all the volunteers who helped put on the Cactus Jalopies.
- Mayor McKortoff thanked Director Davis for all his hard work on the Cactus Jalopies event.
- Mayor McKortoff attended a Highway 3 Coalition meeting in Castlegar.
- Mayor McKortoff attended the Pole Walking workshop at the Sonora Community Centre.
- Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to attend bring your own Picnic at Gyro Park on Wednesday, June 6th.
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 9:00 am on the morning of the Regular Open Council meetings at 2:00 pm to learn additional in-depth information regarding upcoming business.
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