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  • 15 October 2020
    Summer Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms​ Washroom Season May 1 – October 15 PLEASE NOTE THE DESERT SUNRISE MARINA WASHROOM WILL BE OPEN FROM 4:00AM TO 10:00PM (Daily) DURING SALMON FISHING SEASON. The summer washroom hours of operations are open daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM for the following Parks: Cottonwood Park | Goodman Park | Gyro Park | Kinsmen Park | Legion Beach | Lions Park | Pioneer Walkway Park Desert Sunrise Marina    If you have information about crimes to Town facilities you can provide an anonymous TIP by calling the Crime Stoppers 24/7 tip line at 1-800-222-8477.  CLICK HERE for more information on the Town’s Parks and Recreational facilities.   
  • 30 September 2020
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  • 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 Offices remain CLOSED. 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 
  • 30 September 2020
    2020 Make Water Work Campaign! We are asking residents of Osoyoos to “Take the Pledge” to Make Water Work! Make Water Work is an initiative of the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Okanagan WaterWise program, delivered in partnership with local governments and utilities throughout the Okanagan.   If you haven't taken the pledge yet, please do so by clicking on the icon (above) or the link below. https://www.makewaterwork.ca/ Then share the link with friends and family to do the same. Campaign ends September 30, 2020.   Corinne Jackson Communications Director Okanagan Basin Water Board Office:   250.469.6271 Email:   corinne.jackson@obwb.ca Click on the link below for more information: Town Water Restrictions   
  • 28 August 2020
    Nominate A Charity To Receive $15,000 from FortisBC Deadline Aug 28 Please join us again this year in celebrating the charities that are working to strengthen your communities. Giving back to the communities where we live and work is an important part of creating a sustainable future for all British Columbians. As the Union of BC Municipalities convention goes virtual this year, we at FortisBC look to continue our tradition of supporting three deserving charities in their important work. We invite you to nominate a charity deserving of a $15,000 donation to support a project in your community. The deadline to nominate is August 28, and we will announce the winners during the Union of BC Municipalities convention from September 22 to 24. Click here to nominate a charity.
  • 17 August 2020
    Next Town Council to be held on Monday August 17, 2020 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 9:00 AM for the Committee of the Whole meeting and at 2:00 PM for the Regular Open Meeting at the Sonora Community Centre Gymnasium located at 8505 68th Avenue. 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
  • 17 August 2020
    Special Open Meeting (AGM) on August 17, 2020 Pursuant to Section 99 of the Community Charter, the Town of Osoyoos is holding an Special Open Meeting (AGM) on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the Sonora Community Centre Gymnasium located at 8505 68th Avenue, Osoyoos, BC.   Council will consider the Town's Annual Report and welcomes submissions and inquiries from the public at the meeting with respect to the Report.  Copies of the Annual Report will be available at the Town Office as of Tuesday, July 21, 2020 or click here to view the report online. Further notice is hereby given that the Regular Open Meeting of Council scheduled for Monday, August 17, 2020 will begin immediately following the Annual General Meeting.   Brianne Hillson Deputy Corporate Officer Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos BC   V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.6515 (E) info@osoyoos.ca
  • 12 August 2020
    2020 Salmon Fishing in Osoyoos Lake UPDATES | Boat Launch and Marina | Washroom Hours | Don't Move A Mussel FN0710-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 8 - Retention of Sockeye in Osoyoos Lake - July 31, 2020 Effective 00:01 hours, July 31, 2020 Category(s):  RECREATIONAL - Salmon Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada Osoyoos Lake Effective 00:01 hours, July 31, 2020 until further notice, in the portion of Osoyoos Lake north of the bridge at Highway No. 3 (North Basin), you may retain two (2) Sockeye per day. Fishing for Salmon is permitted during daylight hours only. On July 20, 2020 Department staff met with the Okanagan Nation Alliance and Mid Fraser Thompson Okanagan Sport Fish Advisory Committee to discuss fishery planning for Okanagan Sockeye. A collaborative fishing plan was agreed upon. A review of in season information on Sockeye abundance, harvest and environmental conditions in Osoyoos Lake will be conducted on August 12, 2020 to determine the duration of the fishery. Variation Order No.#2020-RCT-380, #2020-RFQ-381 Notes No Fishing for anadromous Salmon in Skaha Lake. Kokanee and Sockeye are present in Skaha Lake, which vary in size. See your local provincial regulations to confirm Kokanee size restrictions of under 35cm, no fish over 35 cm may be retained.   Single barbless hooks are required when fishing for Salmon in non-tidal waters of British Columbia.   If you're going fishing for salmon in non-tidal (fresh) waters, you need a Non-Tidal Angling Licence, issued by the Province of British Columbia. Visit the provincial website to buy your licence. Licences are available to B.C. residents and non-residents. Fees may vary and are listed online (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/fishing-hunting/fishing/recreational-freshwater-fishing-licence). Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at (800) 465-4336 or the British Columbia's toll-free RAPP line (Report All Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277). For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-(866)431-FISH (3474). FOR MORE INFORMATION Kory Ryde kory.ryde@dfo-mpo.gc.ca Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0710 Sent July 22, 2020 at 1239 Website http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca If you would like to subscribe to notices click on the link below.  https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=pub_reg If you would like to unsubscribe to notices click on the link below.  http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=manage_subscription
  • 11 August 2020
    RFP Vehicle Fleet Assessment and Replacement Strategy Deadline August 11 Through this Request for Proposals, the Town of Osoyoos (the “Town”) invites Proposals from vehicle fleet consulting companies to complete a review, assessment and strategy for the Town’s Fire Department and Operational Services vehicle fleet. Closing date and time is August 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm local time.     The Town has a maximum budget of $35,000 (excluding GST) to complete these services, and all services must be completed before December 31, 2020.   Further details on the project scope and deliverables are provided in Part A of this RFP.  This Request for Proposals (the “RFP”) is organized into the following parts:  Part A: The Services – full details of the consulting Services 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 Consultant Part D: Submission Forms – the forms a Respondent should submit in their Proposal 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
  • 7 August 2020
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Water/Wastewater Operator Deadline August 7 The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Water/Wastewater Operator in the Operational Services Department. Position Information The Water/Wastewater Operator is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Town's water, wastewater, and drainage infrastructure. A water/wastewater operator will be required to review, manage, and make the necessary repairs or recommendations for repairs for a variety of municipal infrastructure. This position will understand the key operation and maintenance requirements for wastewater pump stations, production wells, booster stations, water and wastewater mainlines, water treatment lagoons, and other related infrastructure. We are looking for a Water/Wastewater Operator that can meet the demand of a complex water and wastewater system. This individual will be certified as Water Distribution Level ll, Wastewater Collection Level l, Water Treatment Level i, and a Wastewater Treatment Level l operator. Applicants with Trades qualifications in Electrical, Millwright, and Plumbing would be considered an asset. This position is a full-time unionized position that is 40 hours/week, with the requirement to work weekends, overtime, and on-call as operationally required. The hourly rate is $28.26 - $33.24 dependent upon qualifications plus an attractive benefit package. 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 to view the detailed job description. Please email or apply online with a letter of interest and resume to careers@osoyoos.ca by 4:30 PM on Friday, August 7, 2020 with "Water/Waste Water Operator" in the subject line. If you have a specific question about this career opportunity, please contact Jared Brounstein at jbrounstein@osoyoos.ca Brianne Hillson Deputy Corporate Officer 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.
  • 6 August 2020
    Don't Move A Mussel. Clean. Drain. Dry. Don't Move a Mussel | Boat Inspection Checklist | Zebra and Quagga Mussel Fact Sheet
  • 31 July 2020
    Town of Osoyoos Sewer Odour Issues Town Council and staff are aware of odour issues again this year from the wastewater treatment plant by the golf course and associated wastewater system in the community. We take these odour issues seriously, and understand the frustration that residents feel as this issue remains unresolved and seems to recur each year. Wastewater treatment and disposal are complex matters and the Town can’t simply change operating procedures or buy an additive that will resolve the situation despite claims that could be done and the problem would be resolved. The Town has budgeted for system improvements in its Financial Plan designed to improve the treatment and disposal of wastewater and address odour concerns including the recently completed Main Wastewater Pumping Station (MWWPS) at a cost of approximately $5M. The new MWWPS includes screening capacity designed to remove solids and other discarded materials often found in wastewater before pumping effluent to the sewage lagoons for treatment. This will reduce the accumulation of sludge in the lagoons and improve bacteriological processes that treat wastewater. The Town will likely need to de-sludge the sewage lagoons again in the near future now that the MWWPS is online to improve system operation. The Town has recently completed works to improve aeration to the treatment plant, hoping that it would improve dissolved oxygen levels in the ponds; oxygen is key in the support of the biological processes. The Town has budgeted for an Operational Assessment of the lagoons in 2020 to review and improve operational processes as well as potential capital improvements to access the treatment process. Why does the Wastewater Treatment Plant smell so bad at certain times of year? The odour concerns seem to be worst during periods of hot weather and when the Town experiences its seasonal peak visitation in the summer months. The wastewater treatment system receives inflows in the summer that are far greater than the amount usually received during non-peak months. The treatment system is designed to receive these additional flows, but the treatment process needs to adjust and this takes time. Odours are further exacerbated by the higher temperatures due to a rise in water temperature. There are many factors influencing why this occurs and why residents experience issues with offensive odours. Addressing this problem has proven difficult and despite it being a concern for many years a final solution has not been identified. The size of the ponds, variation in volumes and composition of inflows as well as climatic conditions makes it difficult to predict when the odour issues might arise but generally it is worst when the weather is hot. While offensive, these odours do not present a risk to public health. How does the Wastewater Treatment Plant work? The wastewater treatment plant operates with aerated lagoons and now with mechanical pre-screening at the MWWPS. The plant operates with naturally occurring bacteria to perform the task of treating the influent, which is enhanced by aeration, mixing and occasionally the addition of some chemicals. Once treatment is complete, the treated effluent is then chlorinated and used to irrigate the Osoyoos Golf Club and West Bench sports fields, with any excess being disposed of to the ground south of Desert Park racetrack. The Town operates monitoring wells to ensure that wastewater disposal does not negatively impact ground water supplies or Osoyoos Lake. In 2020 the Town has budgeted for the installation of two new groundwater monitoring wells. The Town continues to obtain advice and design solutions from qualified professional engineers who are experts in the field of wastewater treatment and disposal. The Town’s operators are trained in accordance with the Provincial Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) and work hard to ensure the plant operates as efficiently and odour-free as possible. Municipal wastewater treatment and disposal is regulated by the Provincial Environmental Management Act and subject to permit conditions that dictate effluent quality and disposal methods. Some factors that influence odours: Inflow Wastewater collection system piping and manholes Wastewater pumping stations Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) Total suspended solids pH, too acidic can cause anaerobic digestion Total flow Temperature Grease Treatment inhibitors/toxicity Pond Aeration of the pond (Dissolved Oxygen) Mixing - Seasonal turn over. It is quite common for aerated lagoons to smell for a week or so in spring and fall. Air Temperature Warmer temperatures leads to higher treatment rates, requiring more oxygen. Lower temperatures inhibits treatment, causing sludge build up, which can turn over (seasonally) causing odours when air temperatures increase. Environment Disposal method Wind and airflow Time of day and seasonal patterns Temperature Proximity to dwellings Contact Information Operational Services 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca   
  • 31 July 2020
    UPDATES on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan | Visitor Screening Form  Check this page regularly for ongoing updates on the Coronavirus situation as it relates to Town of Osoyoos facilities, programs, services and events. Latest Bulletin 2020 07 31 EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 18 - State of Emergency-Exposure Control-Facilities Posted July 31, 2020 @ 4:00pm Message from Mayor… I am taking this opportunity to address the citizens and residents of our community to assure you that our Council and town staff are continuing to work with our provincial and federal governments and health officers to keep our community safe, and provide you with essential services.   Thank you all for taking the critical steps to keep your families, friends and yourselves safe and healthy. By now, you have heard many of us tell you to wash your hands often, stay at least 2 meters away from others, and stay home unless absolutely necessary avoiding non-essential travel and trips outside of your primary residence. Those travellers returning from outside Canada need to quarantine themselves for 2 weeks.   We certainly hope this worldwide pandemic will ease its drastic hold on us all soon. In the meantime, look after yourselves and your loved ones, and know that we are continuing to use best practices in our town to help all of us work through this stressful time. 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 the 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) Sunbowl Arena 250.495.6562 Contact Sonora Community Centre for more info. All Public Washrooms 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca Boat (Paid) Trailer Parking Lot 250.495.6515 info@osoyoos.ca Dog Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Goodman Park Washroom 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca Marina Washroom 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca Osoyoos Farmers Market See Website June 13 – September 12 Osoyoos Regional Library 250.860.4033 Please refer to their website for more information. 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 Pioneer Walkway Washroom 250.495.6213 pubworks@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 Splash Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Sunrise Marina 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Tennis Courts 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   RCMP Office 250.495.7236 Emergency Call 9-1-1   Fire Hall 250.495.4631 fire@osoyoos.ca   Operations (Public Works) 250.495.4613 pubworks@osoyoos.ca   Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 recreation@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 TBD West Bench Complex (Ball Diamonds Only) 250.495.6562 TBD 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 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
  • 30 July 2020
    2020 Preparation for Extreme Heat and Wildfire Smoke Wildfire Information | COVID-19 The probabilistic temperature forecast from Environment Canada indicates the southern interior of B.C. will face above normal temperatures this summer. Interior Health has compiled some information that can help communities prevent and reduce the negative health impacts of extreme heat while also complying with public health recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Heat and Health Climate change has led to overall temperature increases and consequently, several communities in the B.C. Interior are at risk for extreme heat events. Extreme heat events can have serious negative effects on health. Community and individual action can reduce the health impacts of heat. The information below may help identify some opportunities to integrate heat and wildfire-related precautions into your organizational activities. Environment and Climate Change Canada defines an extreme heat event for the Interior of B.C. as two or more consecutive days with temperatures greater than or equal to 35°C, with minimum overnight temperatures greater than or equal to 18°C. Additional factors, such as high humidity, lack of wind and exposure to direct sunlight can compound stress on the body. Further, the number of days heat lasts can exacerbate harm caused by extreme heat; the strain on the body increases as heat days extend. Also, some individuals and groups are more susceptible than others. Those at Higher Risk to Health Impacts of Heat Older adults People with chronic poor health, heart problems or breathing difficulties People on certain medications People who live alone or are socially isolated, homeless or unsheltered Infants and children People who are physically active outdoors or work outdoors People wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in places not temperature controlled It is important to know that everyone can be affected by extreme heat and can suffer from heat illness or the more serious state of heat stroke. Planning for the heat season and taking action when the weather gets hot is the best way to stay healthy. Prepare for the Heat Season Supporting community members to utilize cooler outdoor spaces can be helpful. Outdoor spaces that have protection from the sun can also enable physical distancing. Your organization can promote cooler outdoor areas in the community such as large parks near to water with shade trees. Signage on physical distancing should be displayed to remind people of precautions to reduce spread of COVID-19. Individuals can also take action in their own homes to stay cool in the heat. Air conditioning, if available, can be used to keep indoor space cool. Also, keeping blinds closed during the day, spending time in the coolest areas of the home and using fans can help prevent overheating. Staying hydrated by drinking enough water is also important. Neighbours, friends and relatives should check on people who are the most vulnerable with phone, video or in-person visits using physical distancing precautions and PPE where appropriate. Special attention should be given to those who are unable to leave their home due to illness or disability. Heat Information Resources The Global Heat Health Information Network has developed an excellent planning checklist for heat preparation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The links below contain additional information to help individuals and communities manage health impacts of extreme heat. Heat & Health – COVID-19 Heat & Health - General Heat Alert & Response Planning BC Centre for Disease Control: Warm weather safety in a time of COVID-19 HealthLink BC’s Beat the Heat Webpage Heat Alert & Response Planning for Interior BC Communities: A Toolkit Global Heat Health Information Network: Heat and COVID-19 Information Series Health Canada Fact sheets: Staying healthy in the heat BC Centre for Disease Control: Developing a Municipal Heat Response Plan: A Guide for Medium Sized Municipalities Wildfires, Smoke Pollution and Health Wildfires can occur during heat season due to lack of rain and hot temperatures that dry up vegetation. This can lead to smoke pollution and present further challenges for people with respiratory infections. Exposure to air pollution can irritate the lungs, cause inflammation, and alter immune function, making it more difficult to fight respiratory infections such as COVID-19 1. Wildfire smoke can also lead to worsening of heart and lung disease. Wildfire Smoke Is a Higher Risk for Some Individuals The length of exposure to wildfire smoke, as well as a person’s age and underlying health conditions, determine the health impact. Children, older adults and those with respiratory conditions or other chronic illness are at higher risk from the effects of wildfire smoke. Reducing exposure to wildfire smoke is the best way to protect health. Prepare for Wildfire Smoke Individuals may be able to take action in their homes to reduce smoke exposure. Portable air cleaners can be used and work the best when run continuously with doors and windows closed. Doors and windows should be kept closed when possible. Air conditioners set to re-circulate minimize the amount of smoke that enters the home. People should limit time outside when skies are smoky. A clean air shelter is a room, area, or building that has an air filtration system that reduces the amount of pollution from wildfire smoke. Community clean air shelters that are normally available to the public may be less accessible with the physical distancing guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public facilities with clean air such as libraries, community centres and shopping malls may be closed, operating with reduced hours or limiting the number of people who can enter. Community members who are experiencing homelessness or who do not have a home to spend the day in may require additional support when there is wildfire smoke. Planning for clean air shelters that allow for appropriate physical distancing may be needed for this vulnerable population. Wildfire smoke is an important consideration when planning the small outdoor community events that are permissible during the COVID-19 pandemic. When possible, identification of an alternate indoor ‘clean air space’ location is ideal. If an indoor clean air space is identified, precautions to reduce spread of COVID-19 will be necessary (i.e. limiting the number of people to permit physical distancing). When wildfire smoke is present, the risk to attendees at outdoor events can be reduced by shortening the length of the event (i.e. reduced game time, shorten lesson/presentation/concert). Event organizers and coaches should be aware that people react differently to smoke and should pay special attention to younger, older and/or participants with respiratory or chronic illness. Smoke Information Resources The links below describe some actions that your organization and community members can take to stay healthy during wildfire smoke events. Wildfire & Health – COVID-19 Wildfire & Health - General BC Centre for Disease Control: Wildfire smoke safety in a time of COVID-19 HealthLink BC prepare before during and after a wildfire: Wildfires and Your Health BC Centre for Disease Control: Fact Sheet: Wildfire Smoke & COVID-19 BC Centre for Disease Control fact sheet series: Wildfire Smoke Response Planning   Interior Health Emergency Information Wildfires Page It is important to anticipate natural events and consider the role your organization can play to support community members to stay healthy. It is also important to emphasize that heat-related illness can be a greater immediate threat to health than poor air quality.
  • 30 July 2020
    2020 Wildfire Information Extreme Heat and Wildfire Smoke | COVID-19 Help keep B.C. Day long weekend safe for everyone https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020FLNR0041-001423  Fire Bans & Restrictions (Kamloops Fire Centre) http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp BC Wildfire Map https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/f0ac328d88c74d07aa2ee385abe2a41b Wildfire Preparedness https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/prevention Air Quality Advisories  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-quality/air-advisories Air Quality Report http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/data/aqhi-table.html Smoke Forecast http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/viewer/run/ops/BSC-CA-01/current/ ALERT Canada www.alertcanada.org The Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) is dedicated to animal welfare through the preparation for and the actual rescue and shelter of domestic animals and livestock in a disaster. (T) 250.809.7152 BC Parks http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/ Drive BC for Road Conditions http://www.drivebc.ca/#mapView&z=7&ll=49.306101%2C-118.87207&xtg=Southern%20Interior%20Region Osoyoos Visitor Centre If you’d like to speak with someone in Osoyoos about weather or travel conditions or about accommodations, dining, activities, and more, please contact our visitor experience team! LIVE Webcam(s) https://www.destinationosoyoos.com/visit-osoyoos/live-beachcam/   
  • 22 July 2020
    Summer is here. So is COVID-19
  • 20 July 2020
    Council Highlights for July 20, 2020 Regular Open Meeting     REGULAR OPEN MEETING   Bylaws Off-street Public Parking Regulation Amendment Bylaw No. 1274.05, 2020 was adopted.   The Town leases property at 6901 Main Street for boat trailer parking.  This parking lot provides an area in the community for out of town residents or visitors to park their boats and trailers which eases the parking burden on Town roadways.  The amending bylaw will amend the lot open and close times, possibly extend the operating season and review the current fees charged and what the administrative costs are associated to the boat trailer parking lot. 2020 Annual Tax Sale Deferral Bylaw No. 1365, 2020 was read for a first, second, and third time and subsequently adopted under Ministerial Order No. M192. This bylaw defers the annual tax sale to September 27, 2021 in order to assist tax payers facing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Business Council received the 2019 Draft Annual Report and made it available for public inspection. The report will be considered by Council at the August 17, 2020 Annual General Meeting being held at 1:00 PM at the Sonora Community Centre Gymnasium located at 8505 68th Avenue. Council approved the Land Transfer Agreement between the Town of Osoyoos and The Owners of The Palms and authorized the Chief Administrative Officer to take all necessary steps to carry out the terms of the agreement. This agreement covers the lands donated by the Robert L. Conconi Foundation located at 6010 Maple Drive, which is adjacent to The Palms. Reports Councillor King encouraged residents and visitors to remember physical distancing protocols and wear masks when indoors when physical distancing cannot be achieved or in public spaces. Councillor Bennett gave kudos to Town staff for their hard work during the busy summer months. Councillor Harvey attended two Okanagan Regional Library budget committee meetings. Mayor McKortoff noted that the Town is busy with many visitors who are here on vacation. She urged everyone to stay safe and remember that when you look after yourself you are helping the community. The Mayor encouraged everyone to wear a mask when out in public. Mayor McKortoff attended the Market on Main Street.   Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website www.osoyoos.ca.  
  • 6 July 2020
    TENDER UPDATE Twin Domestic Water Distribution System No 9 Contract 1 UPDATED INFORMATION Awarded Contractor Grizzly Excavating Ltd https://www.grizzlyex.com/ 250.492.6121. Engineering Consultant TRUE Consulting https://www.true.ca/home 250.828.0881   Town of Osoyoos Representative Jared Brounstein, Director of Operational Services pubworks@osoyoos.ca 250.495.6213 Mobilization Date June 29 to July 3, 2020   Anticipated Start Date July 6, 2020 Work will begin on Hwy 97 at Wren Drive and continue to work south.   Anticipated Working Hours 7:00am to 5:00pm  Monday - Saturday CLICK HERE to view the Town Noise Bylaw. Click on Maps to see the areas that will be involved in the upgrades.  OVERALL PROJECT MAP - MAP 1 - MAP 2 - MAP 3 - MAP 4 TENDER CLOSED MAY 26 Timbro Contracting $2,552,187.86 Grizzley Excavating $2,175,612.60 Pyramid Excavation Corp $2,628,268.65 H+M Excavating $2,509,930.50 Matcon Construction $2,619,750.00 Mann Excavation $3,545,456.35 - $412,039.74 Hazelwood $2,995,414.20 Eagle Rock Construction $5,142,716.25 - $2,219,944.00 TGK Irrigation LTD $4,465,234.20 TENDER DOCUMENTS Tender documents is available by clicking the link above or by going to BC Bid.  A Planholder Registration Form must be completed and faxed to TRUE Consulting in order to receive any addendums and/or additional information regarding this tender.   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.  
  • 1 July 2020
    Recycling Blue Bags No Longer Accepted as of July 1, 2020 THIS PROGRAM IS MANDATORY AND YOU CANNOT OPT OUT. **NEW** RECYCLING CART PROGRAM LETTER TO RESIDENTS 2020-2021 Curbside Garbage & Recycling Calendar   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.
  • 1 July 2020
    New Curbside Garbage and Recycling Calendar Homeowners of Osoyoos can expect to receive the  2020-2021 Curbside Garbage & Recycling Calendar with their PROPERTY TAX NOTICES! Paper copies are available at Town Hall and the Sonora Community Centre. The brochure can also be viewed online Garbage & Recycling Calendar  Recycling Blue Bags No Longer Accepted as of July 1, 2020 This program is mandatory and you cannot opt out. More information will be provided when available. **NEW** RECYCLING CART PROGRAM LETTER TO RESIDENTS There are no major changes to the Garbage pick-up schedule. Weekly pick-up remains on TUESDAY unless specified otherwise.  Please take note highlighted dates are specified for YARD WASTE, RECYCLING and BULKY ITEMS pick up. If you have questions about your curbside pick up please contact your service provider: Call Waste Connections of Canada Inc. 250.498.4888 CLICK HERE - Curbside Garbage & Recycling Program
  • 23 June 2020
    Cactus Kids Day Camp Registration starts June 22 and June 23 Cactus Kids Day Camp is now FULL! Please contact the Sonora Community Centre if you would like to be placed on a waitlist. (T)  250.495.6562  All kids ages 5-12 are invited to come and participate!  Our exciting theme weeks are fun-filled with crafts, games, swimming and special events!  The Cactus Kids Day Camp begins on July 6, 2020 and runs till August 28, 2020.   Registration  Registration will start June 22 8:30am-12:00pm & June 23 from 1:30pm-4:00pm in person at the Sonora Community Centre.  Registrations will be accepted after June 23 by appointment only. Registration will not be available online. Registration will not be accepted before the Registration Days. Please bring child’s birth certificate to register. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are only able to take weekly registrations. Half-days, one day registrations or drop-ins will not be available. Registration for the week must take place by 12:00pm (noon) the Friday before the week is to start.  Special rates for 2 or more siblings registering at the same time! Please see the Pricing Guide for more information. Information Brochure - CLICK HERE Pricing Guide - CLICK HERE Don't miss out on the action this summer! It is strongly recommended that participants wear hats, sunscreen and bring water! For more information please contact: Sonora Community Centre 8505 68 Avenue, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.6562 (E) recreation@osoyoos.ca
  • 1 May 2020
    "Normal" Water Restrictions for Town and Rural Water Districts 8 & 9 Schedule "A" Water Conservation and Staged Restriction Bylaw No. 1273 (Town) Osoyoos Water District Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1357 (Rural) MTI Bylaw (Fines) Yellow “Reminder” Flags for Water Restrictions Make Water Work Campaign Regulation Reference Sheet Water Conservation Tips Water Conservation & Staged Restrictions Brochure Make Water Work Plant Collection Normal – ALTERNATE DAYS WATERING: a)  Days of Watering:   Sprinkling is only permitted at residential, commercial and other non-agricultural properties as follows: Even numbered addresses:  Watering is only permitted on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday Odd numbered addresses:  Watering is only permitted on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday   b)  Automatically Controlled Underground Sprinkling Systems (Residential and commercial): Properties equipped with an automated time clock sprinkler system may only sprinkle between the hours of 12:00 midnight to 6:00 AM on the days permitted by the sprinkling regulations as described above. c)  Manually Controlled Sprinklers (Residential and Commercial): Properties equipped with only manually controlled sprinkling systems, including those attached to outside taps, may only operate from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and from 7:00 PM to 12:00 midnight on the days permitted by the sprinkling regulations as described above. d)  Sprinkling is not permitted between the hours of 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM during any day at any time of the year. Only one ½” (9mm) diameter outlet (outside tap) may be used at one time for sprinkling, and further, it is not permissible to use an open pipe or hose for irrigating purposes. e)  Use of water hoses is permitted for the purpose of washing boats or motor vehicles only when equipped with an automatic shut off nozzle.  f)  No person shall use water to wash sidewalks, driveways or parking lots, except and only if necessary for applying a product such as paint or preservative, or when preparing a surface prior to paving or repointing bricks, or if required by law to comply with health or safety regulations.  g)  Notwithstanding the above, the following are exempt from restrictions: i)    Watering of public sports playing fields, turf farms, and golf courses; ii)   Watering of flower and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs and trees using micro-irrigation, drip-irrigation, or a hose with an automatic shut off nozzle; iii)  Commercial car washes so long as each vehicle wash does not exceed 57 L of water. iv)  Under authority of permit issued under this bylaw.   h)  As a further exemption restriction, owners or occupiers of property who, by reason of physical or mental incapacity are unable to water their property within the restricted days and times, may water their property on any two days of the week for a maximum of 8 hours per day.                        For more information please contact:  Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (E)  info@osoyoos.ca   
  • 28 April 2020
    NOTICE All Garbage must be in Bags and Securely Tied EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY The Town of Osoyoos contractor (Waste Connections) for Curbside waste collection and the Osoyoos & District Landfill have advised that they will not be accepting LOOSE loads of garbage. All garbage must be in bags and securely tied.    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ALL personal hygiene products, used tissues, sanitary wipes (even those labeled compostable or flushable), paper towels, napkins, cleaning cloths, face masks, gloves, and similar items are to be put in plastic bags and placed securely in your garbage bin. NO disposing latex and nitrile gloves in the recycling. Double bag these items if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick. All garbage must be in bags and securely tied.  RECYCLING does not have to be in bags in the recycling cart. 2019-2020 Curbside Garbage & Recycling Calendar Loose loads of garbage will be refused even if in a cart/can.  This measure has been put in place to protect staff and our residents from unsanitary debris. Thanking you in advance for your cooperation during COVID-19. Dear Waste Connections Customer:  Our number one value at Waste Connections is the safety of our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve. We are closely monitoring the current situation and are following guidance from the CDC, WHO, and our Province and local public health officials. We recognize that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has tremendous unknowns and could cause unanticipated service delays, service interruptions, or unusually high call volumes.  We provide an essential service within our communities and strive to meet our customer commitments. At Waste Connections, we have developed and implemented business continuity plans to ensure our operations run as effectively as possible during this unique period in order to keep our commitment to provide the best possible service in a courteous, effective manner, and show respect and gratitude for those we are fortunate to serve.  Thank you. We greatly appreciate your patience and trust in Waste Connections.  250.498.4888
  • 1 April 2020
    SUMMER HOURS Osoyoos & District Sanitary Landfill DUE TO COVID-19 PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHEN AT THE FACILITY. All garbage must be in bags and securely tied.  Loose loads of garbage will be refused.  This measure has been put in place to protect staff and residents from unsanitary debris at the Landfill. 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. Click here for a Printable Version of the Boil Water Notice and Maps. 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

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