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  • 1 July 2020
    Recycling Blue Bags No Longer Accepted as of July 1, 2020 As a result of a policy change by Recycle BC, the Town of Osoyoos will be phasing out the use of blue and clear bags for residential curbside collection as of July 1, 2020. Why Are Blue and Clear Recycling Bags Being Banned? Every plastic bag is removed by hand. This process is expensive and can lead to worker injury. Plastic is the highest source of contamination in paper and recent changes in the recycling market have made it more difficult to process paper mixed with plastics. Plastic bags can also wrap around sorting equipment, and removal requires constant shut down of recycling facilities. What's Next? At the December 16, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting, the Director of Operational Services presented two options to Council to replace the current collection system - Town supplied recycling bins and Contractor supplied recycling bins. The Director of Operational Services presented another report to Council at a Special Open Meeting on February 21, 2020, following which Council passed the following motion: "That Council direct staff to move forward with a rent to own program with Waste Connections Canada for the supply, maintenance, and replacement of recycling containers for the community for a 6 year term at a cost of $3.50/month/user and that the municipality pay the cost for the first 6 months of service in 2020 from solid waste reserves ($50,000.00)." What This Means... The Town of Osoyoos will work with Waste Connections Canada to ensure that each property included in the residential collection program is supplied with the appropriate number of 240 litre wheeled carts with lids in June 2020. This arrangement amortizes the full purchase cost over a period of 6 years and transfers the risk to the contractor for deployment, maintenance, and replacement for that period. After the 6 year term ends the carts will become the property of the Town and repair and maintenance will become the Town's responsibility. The cost per user is approximately $42/year, commencing in 2021, which will be incorporated into property taxes.
  • 22 May 2020
    2020 SUMMER EMPLOYMENT Opportunities for Students 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.   Student Grounds Maintenance – Operational Services Student positions available beginning May 4, 2020.  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 in conjunction with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - "Canada Summer Jobs", with a present wage rate of $17.10 per hour (2019 rates) plus 6% in lieu of benefits.  Deadline for résumé submission is 4:30 pm on Monday, April 6, 2020. Student Summer Program Coordinator – Community Services An energetic individual is needed from June 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020.  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 $20.98 per hour (2019 rates) plus 6% in lieu of benefits.  Deadline for résumé submission is 4:30 pm on Friday, May 1, 2020. Student Summer Recreation Leaders – Community Services  Energetic, caring individuals needed from June 25 2020 – August 28, 2020.  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 $17.10 per hour (2019 rates) plus 6% in lieu of benefits.  Deadline for résumé submission is 4:30 pm on Friday, May 22, 2020. 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.
  • 30 April 2020
    2020 Premier's Awards for Excellence in Education Deadline April 30 Government is once again proud to recognize the enormous contributions of British Columbia's exceptional teachers, administrators, and support staff who are vital to the cultural, economic, and social well-being of the province. The Awards recognize all outstanding education professionals who have made exceptional contributions to benefit their school, their students, and their communities.   The Awards are open to all education professionals within the BC K-12 public, independent, or First Nations school systems. This year, Awards will be given in the following categories: Community  Engagement District Leadership Extracurricular  Leadership Indigenous Education Outstanding New Teacher Outstanding Support (School Community) Outstanding Support (Teaching Assistant) Outstanding Team Collaboration School Leadership Social Equity and Diversity Nominations are now open and are welcomed from all BC citizens, including students, parents, teachers, administrators, trustees, and community organizations. The deadline to submit nominations is April 30, 2020. Additional information on the Awards can be found on the Premier's Awards for Excellence in Education website at: www.gov.bc.ca/excellenceineducation. Rob Fleming Minister of Education
  • 6 April 2020
    Next Town Council to be held on Monday, April 6, 2020 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, April 6, 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, 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 Town of Osoyoos 250.495.6515 info@osoyoos.ca
  • 3 April 2020
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Journeyman Mechanic Deadline April 3 The Town of Osoyoos requires a full-time Journeyman Mechanic in the Operational Services Department. The Journeyman Mechanic is responsible for skilled mechanical work in the maintenance and repair of automotive, heavy duty equipment, fire response apparatus, and small tools. The Journeyman Mechanic will perform general mechanical overhaul and maintenance work on a wide variety of automotive, construction, and maintenance equipment. Current and valid BC Certificate of Trades Qualification in either Automotive, Heavy Duty, or Commercial Transport Mechanics required. Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification preferred. 5 years related experience required. Click here for a more detailed job description including required qualifications. This is a bargaining unit position, and the 2019 hourly job rate for this position is $36.00 - $37.25 per hour. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 PM Friday, April 3, 2020. Please submit your resume online 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) brianne@osoyoos.ca (F) 250.495.2400 We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.  
  • 3 April 2020
    EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (EOI) Street Food Vendors due April 3rd The Town of Osoyoos is promoting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from street food vendors for providing quality services in our beautiful resort community.  The following spaces are available on a competitive basis: 2 stationary vendors in approved parks; 2 stationary vendors on primary liquor establishment properties; 2 stationary vendors in Downtown public parking spaces off Main Street; and 2 mobile vendors along streets outside Downtown. Vendors may submit an EOI for one space only, along with all supporting evaluation information required under the Town of Osoyoos' "Street Vendor Selection and Approval Policy" a copy of which is available by clicking here or by visiting 8711 Main Street from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (excluding lunch hours from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm) Monday to Friday.   Selected candidates who meet our rating criteria will then be eligible for a Town of Osoyoos Business Licence and possible annual extensions up to 5 years.  The Town of Osoyoos Business Licence Bylaw No. 1045, 1997 can be viewed by clicking here.   EOIs must be submitted to the undersigned by 4:00 pm on Friday, April 3, 2020, in a sealed envelope clearly marked Street Food Vendor EOI.  Gina MacKay, MCIP, RPP Director of Planning & Development Services Box 3010, 8711 Main Street Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 gmackay@osoyoos.ca
  • 1 April 2020
    UPDATES on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Check this page regularly for ongoing updates on the Coronavirus situation as it relates to Town of Osoyoos facilities, programs, services and events. 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. COUNCIL UPDATE March 24, 2020 @ 4:30pm The Mayor and Council continue to monitor the issue closely and convened at Town Hall yesterday (March 23) and received an update/briefing from the Osoyoos EOC team.   Also that day, the Mayor participated in a conference call with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Public Safety and Solicitor General and Mayors from throughout BC to discuss and reinforce the need for a coordinated Federal, Provincial and Local response to the pandemic. The BC Mayors were requested to follow and support the advice and orders from the Provincial and Federal Health Officers and senior governments. The Mayors were assured that the Province of BC will act with the Federal Government to coordinate all essential services and provide a coordinated response. It was noted that the declared Provincial State of Emergency applies to all areas of the Province and local authorities were requested to give careful consideration to any thought of declaring a local state of emergency within their jurisdictions to avoid conflicting regulations and requirements. Town Offices 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: Town Hall 250.495.6515 info@osoyoos.ca www.osoyoos.ca Planning & Development Services 250.495.6191 plan@osoyoos.ca www.osoyoos.ca Bylaw Enforcement 250.495.6515 info@osoyoos.ca www.osoyoos.ca RCMP Office 250.495.7236 Emergency Call 9-1-1 www.osoyoos.ca Fire Hall 250.495.4631 fire@osoyoos.ca Emergency Call 9-1-1 Operations (Public Works) 250.495.4613 pubworks@osoyoos.ca www.osoyoos.ca Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca www.osoyoos.ca Sun Bowl Arena 250.495.7919 sunbowl@osoyoos.ca www.osoyoos.ca 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 Tennis Courts 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Osoyoos Regional Library 250.860.4033 Online Submission All Public Washrooms (Except Marina) 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca Outdoor Pickleball Courts 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Dog Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca West Bench Complex 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Skateboard Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Play Structure at Lions Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Play Structure at Kinsmen Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Sunrise Marina 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca OPEN Facilities At this time these facilities will remain open but people are to practice social distancing and physical separation.  Osoyoos& District Sanitary Landfill 250.495.6515 landfill@osoyoos.ca Marina Washroom 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca  Parks (not identified above) 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Payments A variety of payment methods are available: NO CASH PAYMENTS ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME. Mail Drop off payment slot at Town Office (8707 Main Street) Telephone/Internet Banking*/Post Dated Cheques Bill payment with your local Financial Institution *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. TOWN COMMUNICATION 2020 04 01 EOC COVID Bulletin 6  - Bylaw-Large Item - April @4:30 m 2020 03 30 EOC COVID Bulletin 5  - Mayor Message - March 31 @4:15pm 2020 03 30 EOC COVID Bulletin 4  - Travellers-Bylaw-Economic-Facilities - March 30, 2020 @ 4:45pm NEWS RELEASE EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 3 - Essential Services | Bylaw |  PPE | Small Business | Landfill - March 27, 2020 @ 4:20pm COVID-19 Financial Supports for Small Businesses - Posted March 27 @ 9:30am NEWS RELEASE EOC COVID-19 - Essential Goods and Services - Posted March 26 @ 4:23pm NO Opening Burning permitted in Osoyoos and Surrounding Area - Posted March 26 @ 11:40pm Mandatory 14 day Isolation - Posted March 25, 2020 @ 5:00pm Boredom Busters - Posted March 25, 2020 @ 4:15pm How to Connect with the Town of Osoyoos - Posted March 24, 2020 @ 4:30pm COVID Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Posted March 24, 2020 @ 4:30pm (Updated March 26, 2020 @ 4:10pm) NEWS RELEASE EOC COVID Bulletin 2 - EOC Opening - Posted March 23, 2020 @ 5:00pm NEWS RELEASE EOC COVID Bulletin 1 - Level 1 EOC - Posted March 20, 2020  POSTPONED 19th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Awards and Luncheon - Posted March 19, 2020 CANCELLED 2020 Mixed Adult Slo-Pitch League Team - Posted March 18, 2020 Additional Offices/Facilities CLOSED to the public are RCMP Office and Operational (Public Works) Services - Posted March 17, 2020 NEWS RELEASE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information – Posted March 13, 2020 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 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
  • 1 April 2020
    SUMMER HOURS Osoyoos & District Sanitary Landfill DUE TO COVID-19 PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHEN AT THE FACILITY. AT THIS TIME ONLY DEBIT WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR PAYMENT. No PERSON shall act in a manner that is threatening, discourteous, disruptive, or willfully negligent while on the SITE. Osoyoos & District Sanitary Landfill rates/fees are $110.00 per metric tonne, unless otherwise specified. The minimum charge remains at $5.00. 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 1309.05,2019. 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 April 2020
    Boil Water Notice Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 effective April 1 The Town of Osoyoos has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE for Domestic Water Customers served by Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 Effective April 1, 2020 until further notice.    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. Click here for a list of System 8 Addresses that are now connected to the Town Domestic System and are not required to boil their water. System 8 Map will show highlighted parcels - Yellow means BOIL WATER, BLUE means connected to Town Domestic System and is not required to boil their water. 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.  You may also experience discolored water due to Spring flows.  To clear your water please flush your lines by turning on an exterior tap or the bathtub and run cold water for 10 to 15 mins or until water clears. Interior Health has been consulted, and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved. The Town of Osoyoos has completed portions within System 8 for the Twinning projects.  System 9 is being reviewed and projects are being developed.    The Town continues to work on ways of providing improvements to our 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
  • 1 April 2020
    Early Water for Osoyoos Water District Systems 8 & 9 begins April 1 Irrigation season will begin on April 14, 2020.   Services will be turned on during the week of April 14 to 17.  An opportunity for early irrigation water begins April 1, 2020 upon application and payment of fees at Town Hall located at 8707 Main Street.  Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Town Hall is CLOSED. Please contact Town Hall at 250.495.6515 or info@osoyoos.ca to apply for early water.   Operational Services 11500 115 Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.6213 (E) pubworks@osoyoos.ca
  • 31 March 2020
    Employment Opportunity Park Ambassador Deadline March 31 The Town of Osoyoos requires a Seasonal (June 15 - Labour Day) Park Ambassador in the Corporate Services Department. This position will patrol parks and trails throughout Osoyoos and work with the public to achieve compliance of both the Parks and Community Facilities Bylaw and the Animal Control Bylaw. This position must have excellent communication skills and the ability to be mobile throughout the entire shift to attend all parks, including providing patrols on parks and trails. Training and experience in conflict resolution is an asset. Class 5 B.C. Driver's Licence is required. This position will work afternoon shifts as determined by the Bylaw Enforcement Supervisor. The rate of pay for this position is $17.00 - $20.00 per hour. Click here for a copy of the job description including required knowledge and education. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Please submit applications online or to: Janette Van Vianen, CMC Director of Corporate Services Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0 (E) brianne@osoyoos.ca (F) 250.495.2400 We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • 31 March 2020
    Employment Opportunity Bylaw Enforcement Officer Deadline March 31 The Town of Osoyoos requires a Seasonal (June 1 - Labour Day) Bylaw Enforcement Officer in the Corporate Services Department. This position performs inspectional, regulatory, and investigational work involving the enforcement of Town Bylaws. They will also supervise the Park Ambassador and provide direction when necessary. Level 1 Bylaw Compliance, Enforcement, and Investigative Skills Certificate and Certificate in Animal Control Basic training along with a valid British Columbia driver's licence and ability to pass a criminal record check are required. This position will be required to work shift work as well as work weekends and statutory holidays. This is an exempt position with a wage rate of $21.25 - $25.00 per hour plus 17% in lieu of benefits. Click here for a copy of the job description including required knowledge and education. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 pm on Tuesday March 31, 2020. Please submit applications online or to: Janette Van Vianen, CMC Director of Corporate Services Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0 (E) brianne@osoyoos.ca (F) 250.495.2400 We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • 30 March 2020
    2020 Spring Activity & Program Guide is NOW available online! Find out what’s happening this Spring at the Sonora Community Centre! Jammed packed with activities for children and adults, the 2020 Spring Activity & Program Guide is now available online - see below. Hard copies of the 2020 Spring Activity & Program Guide will be available for pick up at the Sonora Community Centre and Town Hall around March 6, 2020.  Registration (online or in person) starts Wednesday March 11, 2020. IMPORTANT: If you have NOT registered online since September 16, 2016 you will need to contact the Sonora Community Centre to receive online access.  All programs are open to community members and visitors.  Sonora Community Centre 8505 68th Avenue Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.4623 (F)  250.495.2400 (E) recreation@osoyoos.ca Online Registration starts Wednesday March 11, 2020
  • 26 March 2020
    NO Opening Burning permitted in Osoyoos and Surrounding Area The Town of Osoyoos Fire Chief, Dave McMahon strongly supports this Fire Ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Ban will help protect our members so that they can provide the essential services to the Community. Below is the information that has been Provided by the Province of BC. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy OPEN BURNING RESTRICTIONS ISSUED FOR ALL HIGH SMOKE SENSITIVITY ZONES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA March 26, 2020 - Williams Lake Printable Version The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with provincial public health partners has issued open burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province until Wednesday April 15th, 2020. No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires. A map of affected areas is shown in yellow in Figure 1 and a high resolution image can be accessed on the provincial Interactive Venting Index webpage. Real-time air quality observations and information regarding the health effects of air pollution can be found at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air. As cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in BC continue to increase, the BC Centre for Disease Control recommends implementing measures that help to reduce excess air pollution in populated airsheds across the province. There is strong evidence that exposure to air pollution increases  susceptibility to respiratory viral infections by decreasing immune function. This means that: Deterioration in air quality may lead to more COVID-19 infections overall, Deterioration in air quality may lead to more cases of severe COVID-19 infections, adding further demand to our healthcare system, and Improvements to air quality may help to protect the whole population from COVID-19 and its potentially severe effects. Evidence suggests that air pollution from combustion sources is most strongly associated with increased risk of viral infection, particularly vehicle emissions and biomass burning. At this time the BC Centre for Disease Control strongly recommends that open burning of biomass fuels be restricted in areas with high or moderate risk of population exposure to the resulting smoke. While the focus should remain on social distancing to prevent the spread of infection and reduce the number of cases, keeping our air as clean as possible will also help to protect the population during this difficult period. For this reason The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is restricting open burning in some parts of the province. These restrictions will be evaluated on a daily basis; the area to which they apply may grow or diminish accordingly. Mandatory Emission Reduction Actions: Pursuant to Section 29(1)(a) of the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation, the following Sections of the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation are hereby substituted: Section 19(b)(ii): “The forecast obtained under subparagraph (i) (A) or (B) is “good” for the day the open burning starts;” Is replaced with: “The forecast obtained under subparagraph (i) (A) or (B) is “good” for the day the open burning starts, except for areas which are High Smoke Sensitivity Zone areas identified in yellow in Figure 1, where open burning is prohibited until 9:00 AM local time Wednesday April 15th, 2020.” Section 20(b)(ii): “The forecast obtained under subparagraph (i) (A) or (B) is “good” for the day the open burning starts;” Is replaced with “The forecast obtained under subparagraph (i) (A) or (B) is “good” for the day the open burning starts, except for areas identified in yellow in Figure 1, where open burning is prohibited until 9:00 AM local time Wednesday April 15th, 2020.” Pursuant to Section 29(1)(b) of the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation, these substitutions are effective until 9:00 AM local time Wednesday April 15th, 2020. Contacts: Dan Bings Acting Director, Compliance Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy 250-617-0324 Figure 1: Location of areas where open burning restrictions are in effect. For a higher-resolution image, refer to the Interactive Venting Index map at the url: https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6d288bc667b24528a5c1e3b4c0373d07.
  • 25 March 2020
    COVID Boredom Busters for Parents and Children We at the Sonora Community Centre miss seeing all of our patrons! Below are links to resources for you to stay active – whether it’s your body, mind or spirit – until we can see you again. Town of Osoyoos COVID-19 PRINTABLE VERSION   For the Kids www.borntobeadventurous.com A wonderful website giving with a long list of ideas for parents to do with their kids including a 28 day activity calendar to cope with those house bound due to Covid-19, indoor and outdoor scavenger hunt ideas and instructions on how to make your own Fairy garden, Dinosaur world or Troll Land.  https://theimaginationtree.com Created by a parent and early years educator from the UK, this site has some great links for play based learning for kids of all ages. A favourite is the DIY washable window paint!  https://whatmomslove.com/kids/active-indoor-games-activities-for-kids-to-burn-energy/?fbclid=IwAR3KMsW6WY9TvZYjRcch111OTtV0AiUJFSrW-gvjVOdNdnowbXaQeIKj2NU 87 indoor games and activities to burn energy…do I need to say anything more?  https://www.gonoodle.com/ Go Noodle/Kidz Bop. A website designed to help kids be more active while doing the things they love.  https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/ Full of fun science experiments and activities to do with your kids.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w PE with Joe - The body Coach 9 am workouts Monday to Friday (for kids and all ages as well) https://www.wildlifeforever.org/home/conservation/critter-cams/ Critter Cams   For the Adults  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2mPx7FrMwWJ1utQEOX9z9w Orange Theory Fitness’ You Tube channel offers free daily workouts you can do from home that are less than 60 minutes and designed to get you sweating!  https://yogawithadriene.com/adriene-mishler/ Yoga is a wonderful way to reduce stress and increase mindfulness while working on strength and flexibility.  http://www.orl.bc.ca/ The Okanagan Regional Library has a huge collection of online resources. From e-books to online learning resources, music and more!  https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/23/10-of-the-worlds-best-virtual-museum-and-art-gallery-tours The Guardian has a comprehensive list of virtual museum tours. Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca   
  • 25 March 2020
    CONSTRUCTION NOTICE Kingfisher Rd Closure/Detour March 25 Cumming Construction will be closing down a portion of Kingfisher Drive on March 25, 2020. This closure is part of the construction of the new Main Wastewater Pump station. There will be a detour in place during the hours of 8 am to 5 pm. We appreciate your patience while the work on this Town project gets completed. For further information please contact: Michael Johncox with Cumming Construction Ltd. (T) 250.492.5955  
  • 23 March 2020
    NEWS RELEASE EOC COVID Bulletin 2 - Level 1 EOC March 23, 2020 @ 5:00pm EOC COVID Bulletin 2 For Immediate Release Printable Version Town of Osoyoos COVID-19 Webpage   Taking into consideration the safety of the public and our staff, the Town of Osoyoos has now moved forward with closing the following additional locations to the public effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until further notice: Town Office | 250.495.6515 | info@osoyoos.ca | www.osoyoos.ca Bylaw Enforcement | 250.495.6515 | info@osoyoos.ca Planning and Development Services | 250.495.6191 | plan@osoyoos.ca Building inspections can be arranged by calling the office and making an appointment. ALL public washrooms Skateboard Park/Dog Park Kinsmen Park Playground/Lions Park Playground Pickleball Courts This is in addition to the following that were closed to the public as of March 17, 2020: Sonora Community Centre | 250.495.6562 | recreation@osoyoos.ca Sun Bowl Arena | 250.495.7919 | sunbowl@osoyoos.ca Desert Park | 250.495.6562 | recreation@osoyoos.ca RCMP Office | 250.495.7236 |Emergencies call 9-1-1 Fire Hall | 250.495.4631 | fire@osoyoos.ca | Emergencies call 9-1-1 Operations (Public works) | 250.495.4613 | pubworks@osoyoos.ca Tennis Courts | 250.495.6562 | recreation@osoyoos.ca Osoyoos Regional Library | 250.860.4033 | Online Submission Sunrise Marina and Parks (not identified above) at this time will remain open but people are to practice social distancing and physical separation.   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.   All health related enquiries regarding the COVID-19 pandemic should be forwarded or addressed to the public health agencies.  The Town will also be continually updating information as it becomes available on its website at www.osoyoos.ca .  An information line has been set up at Town Hall specifically for COVID-19 response enquiries.  This number 250.495.4635 will be available Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.   We thank all those that are following the guidelines of the provincial health agencies and hope that all efforts will help reduce the impact of the virus. -30-  Janette Van Vianen Emergency Program Coordinator EOC Director Allan Chabot Chief Administrative Officer Deputy EOC Director 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 Town of Osoyoos COVID-19   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  
  • 23 March 2020
    Winter Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms **DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY - ALL PUBLIC WASHROOMS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.** As of October 15, 2019 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 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.   
  • 20 March 2020
    NEWS RELEASE EOC COVID Bulletin 1 - Level 1 EOC March 20, 2020 EOC COVID Bulletin 1 For Immediate Release Printable Version Town of Osoyoos COVID-19 Webpage   On March 20, 2020, the Town of Osoyoos activated a Level 1 Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   The intent of the EOC at this time is to provide accurate information to the public on what the Town is doing in reaction to the pandemic.  As everyone is aware, things are changing hourly.  We will respond to new information as quickly as possible to keep residents informed.  See the links below under the heading “More Information” for additional information. The link to the self-assessment tool is also available below if you are concerned you may have contracted COVID-19.  If you feel you have been infected, please call your primary health care professional or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 and stay home until you have been given other instructions by a health official.   The EOC is also working on a Town response plan to be ready if and when the virus becomes prevalent in our area.  The plan also includes a business continuity plan to ensure that essential services continue throughout the pandemic.   Mayor Sue McKortoff states:  “Our staff are working hard to ensure that your essential services continue and citizens can do their part in helping to prevent the spread of the virus by practicing the required social distancing, self-isolating as required by the health agencies, and washing hands regularly.” She continued to say “We understand there is concern amongst the citizens and businesses within the Town of Osoyoos as to how long and what the economic impact will be.  We do not have an answer at this time but I encourage everyone to support the local businesses that remain open so that they can continue to serve us.”   A dedicated email address for the EOC has been set up for questions regarding the Town’s response to COVID-19.  The address is eoc@osoyoos.ca.  All other enquiries should be forwarded or addressed to the public health agencies.  The Town will also be continually updating information as it becomes available on its website at www.osoyoos.ca .  An information line has been set up at Town Hall specifically for COVID-19 response enquiries.  This number 250.495.4635 will be available Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30.   We thank all those that are following the guidelines of the provincial health agencies and hope that all efforts will help reduce the impact of the virus. -30-   Janette Van Vianen Emergency Program Coordinator EOC Director Allan Chabot Chief Administrative Officer Deputy EOC Director 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   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.  
  • 19 March 2020
    POSTPONED 19th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Awards and Luncheon In light of the updates received regarding the Covid-19 virus, Mayor and Council have made the decision to postpone the Volunteer Appreciation Awards and Luncheon. The work volunteers do in this community deserves to be recognized and will be done so at a future date yet to be determined. Groups will be notified once a new date has been determined. We will keep all nominations already submitted for consideration. If you have not already submitted your nomination, please hold onto it until the new date is announced. If you have any questions or concerns about the event please contact: Sarah Dynneson  Program Supervisor  Sonora Community Centre (T)  250.495.6562 (E)  sdynneson@osoyoos.ca   Osoyoos is privileged to be served by hundreds of individuals who volunteer their time with local service clubs, serve on boards and committees, organize community events and much more. Mayor and Council wish to celebrate the contributions of these citizens with the Annual Awards Ceremony and Lunch. Date:          Saturday, April 18, 2020 Time:          12:00pm (noon) Location:    Sonora Community Centre Click on the link below to view/print the Nomination Package for the Awards that will be presented:  2020 Volunteer Award Nomination Package  Nomination packages can also be picked up at the Sonora Community Centre or Town Hall.  In addition, each group in attendance at the luncheon will be acknowledged. Please RSVP up to 6 members of your group* (please include names) to be coming from your organization and submit your nomination packages no later than Friday March 20, 2020 to: Sarah Dynneson  Program Supervisor  Sonora Community Centre Box 3010 - 8505 68th Avenue (T)  250.495.6562 (E)  sdynneson@osoyoos.ca *Please RSVP group member(s) that have confirmed their attendance as to ensure correct numbers for the caterer.  
  • 18 March 2020
    CANCELLED 2020 Mixed Adult Slo Pitch League Team In light of the recent updates regarding the COVID-19 virus, the 2020 Slo-Pitch Season has been CANCELLED. If you have already submitted your payment you will receive a full refund.  Play Ball! Adults 16 and older are welcome to play in this Co-Ed league. This is a great chance to have some fun and enjoy the spring season! Teams wanting to register can pick up registration forms at the Sonora Community Centre or can CLICK HERE. Forms must be completed and returned with payment to the Sonora Community Centre no later than Friday, March 20, 2020.  Games will begin Monday, April 6, 2020 at Desert Park. Fee: $375.00/team Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca  
  • 17 March 2020
    CONSTRUCTION NOTICE for Hwy 3 (Cottonwood Dr and Lakeshore Dr) Mike Johnson Excavating (M.J.E.) Ltd. will be starting construction on Hwy 3 between Cottonwood Drive and Lakeshore Drive on March 16, 2020. The project will involve: Installation storm sewer for drainage. Installation of curb/gutter and repaving along Hwy 3. Interruptions should be minimal.  Access will be open at end of work day. The duration of this project will be approximately 2 months, finishing by May 15, 2020. If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to call. Thank you for your patience throughout this project.     Mike Johnson Excavating Ltd. Mike Johnson      250.498.9611 Leigh Johnson     250.488.3409  
  • 16 March 2020
    Council Meeting Highlights for March 16, 2020 Click on button to watch the video of the Committee of the Whole, Regular Open, and Public Hearing meetings. Committee of the Whole (No video) Regular Open       Public Hearings                                                                                   (Video starts at Water Matters Item #2) COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING    Delegations Committee of the Whole considered the 2020 Community Services Grant applications which were forwarded to the Regular Open meeting for Council’s consideration. REGULAR OPEN MEETING   Bylaws Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1362, 2020 was read three times. If adopted, this bylaw allows the Town of Osoyoos to borrow funds to secure financing for the Water Treatment Plant and Manganese Removal project. 5 Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1361, 2020 was read three times. A number of budget meetings were held to discuss the three 2020-2024 budget including a public consultation on February 18, 2020. The 5 Year Financial Plan No. 1361, 2020, is now being presented for Council consideration. Waste Management Services and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1309.06, 2020 was read three times. This Waste Management Services and Regulations Amendment Bylaw amends the residential collection rates and landfill tipping fees. Business The Annual General Meeting for the Town of Osoyoos will be held on Monday, June 15th,  2020 at 1:00 PM in the Council Chambers. Council authorized the lease of the property located at the east end of the back parking lot at the Sonora Community Centre for 5 years to the Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Center. The property is to be used as a community garden. Community Services Grant Applications - A total of $56,600 in grants were awarded for 2020. Council has asked staff to bring back more information on how the funds will be used for Desert Sun Counselling request for grant-in-aid support for their community kitchen project.   Reports CAO Chabot announced that Council has made the decision to close some community facilities due to COVID-19. The Sonora Community Centre and Desert Park building was closed effective March 17, 2020 while the Sun Bowl Arena was shut down immediately. Councillors King and Bennett attended the Town of Osoyoos Grant-in-Aid committee meeting. Councillor King attended the Accessibility and Age Friendly Advisory meeting. Councillor Bennett attended the Destination Osoyoos board retreat. Councillor Harvey attended an onsite Dog Park committee meeting. Mayor McKortoff encourage everyone to practice social distancing, proper hand washing and other precautions as promoted by public health officials. Mayor McKortoff stated that the Town will continue to monitor the issue of COVID-19 and will work with local authorities as the situation continues to evolve. PUBLIC HEARINGS   There were two public hearings held: A Public Hearing was held in the Council Chambers on March 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm for Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1230.27, 2020 and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.131, 2020. If adopted these amendments would allow for the use of the subject property at 2 Braeburn Place to be contiguous with the neighbouring properties. Video of the hearing can be viewed here. A Public Hearing was held in Council Chambers, immediately following the above meeting, for Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.129, 2020. If adopted, this bylaw would allow for a residential unit, to be used for employee housing, to be located within the existing commercial building. This Bylaw is site specific; the use will apply only to the Casa del Milo Oro property. Video of the hearing can be viewed here, beginning at the 14 minute, 35 second mark.      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.  
  • 16 March 2020
    PUBLIC HEARING Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.131, March 16 Public Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm in the Town of Osoyoos Council Chambers located at 8707 Main Street. Council will receive input on Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.131, 2020, which received first and second readings on February 18, 2020. Bylaw No. 1230.27, 2020 and Bylaw No. 1085.131, 2020 Proposes to change the Official Community Plan (OCP) Land Use Designation as follows: Current: HR - High Density Residential Proposed: LR - Low Density Residential, and proposes change to the Zoning as follows: Current: R7 - High Density Residential Proposed: R1 - Single Family Residential The proposed amendments to the OCP Bylaw and Zoning Bylaw will accommodate a new Single Family Dwelling on property legally described as Lot 4, District Lot 2450S, SDYD, Plan 4519 Except Plan 30752 (2 Braeburn Place) All persons will be given an opportunity to be heard and/or present written submissions on the matter above. Written submissions can be mailed to the undersigned or emailed to info@osoyoos.ca (The Town will only guarantee that emails received to this address will form part of the Council Agenda). The entire content of all submissions will be made public and form a part of the public record for these matters. The deadline for written submissions is 12:00 pm (Noon) Friday, March 13, 2020. A copy of the proposed zoning bylaw amendment may be reviewed at www.osoyoos.ca or at the Department of Planning and Development Services office, located at 8711 Main Street from March 5,6,9,10,11,12,13 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, excluding lunch hours from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and excluding Saturdays and Sundays. Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.131, 2020 Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendment Bylaw No. 1230.27, 2020 2020 02 18 REG Report 1 2 Braeburn Place Gina MacKay, MCIP, RPP Director of Planning & Development Services Box 3010, 8711 Main Street Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 gmackay@osoyoos.ca
  • 16 March 2020
    PUBLIC HEARING Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.129, March 16 Public Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm in the Town of Osoyoos Council Chambers located at 8707 Main Street. Council will receive input on Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.129, 2020, which received first and second readings on February 3, 2020.  Bylaw No. 1085.129, 2020  Proposes a Text Amendment from: Existing: C4 – Tourist Commercial to Proposed: C4(s) Tourist Commercial site specific to allow for a second dwelling unit within a commercial building for  use by an employee or employees off the property, legally described as Strata Plan KAS2860, District Lot 43, SDYD (5401 Lakeshore Dr). All persons will be given an opportunity to be heard and/or present written submissions on the matter above. Written submissions can be mailed to the undersigned or emailed to info@osoyoos.ca (The Town will only guarantee that emails received to this address will form part of the Council Agenda). The entire content of all submissions will be made public and form a part of the public record for these matters. The deadline for written submissions is 12:00 pm (Noon) Friday, March 13, 2020. A copy of the proposed zoning bylaw amendment may be reviewed at www.osoyoos.ca or at the Department of Planning and Development Services office, located at 8711 Main Street on March 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, excluding lunch hours from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.129, 2020 Report 2 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.129, 2020 - Amended Gina MacKay, MCIP, RPP  Director of Planning & Development Services  Box 3010, 8711 Main Street Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0  gmackay@osoyoos.ca

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