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15 October 2021Summer Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms Summer Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms | Winter Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms All public park washrooms will be open daily from 7:00am to 10:00pm for the SUMMER season beginning May 1 to October 15. Town Hall Washrooms (8707 Main Street) Monday - Friday (excluding holidays) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm If you have information about crimes to Town facilities you can provide an anonymous TIP by calling the Crime Stoppers 24/7 tip line at 1-800-222-8477. CLICK HERE for more information on the Town’s Parks and Recreational facilities.
1 September 2021EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Senior Planner Open Until Filled The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC, located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Senior Planner. Position Information The Town of Osoyoos is seeking an individual motivated to provide professional planning and development services to internal and external clients in the position of Senior Planner. This position reports to the Director of Planning and Development Services and will work cooperatively with diverse work groups in the organization and have the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with Council, Committees, and outside agencies. The challenging workload includes a varied, diverse, and sophisticated level of professional opportunities. The preferred candidate will have a master's degree in Community and Regional Planning or a closely related field combined with 3 years related experience OR a bachelor's degree in Community and Regional Planning or a closely related field combined with 7 years related and varied experience. Additional university accreditation in planning related programs such as urban design, sustainable development, or community engagement would be an asset. The preferred candidate will have knowledge of the Community Charter, Local Government Act, and other provincial policies in respect of planning matters. This position is a full-time unionized position that is 35 hours/week. The hourly rate is $39.76 - $44.18 per hour, plus an attractive benefits package. Click here for a full job description. 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. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online or email firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter of interest and resume. The positing will be open until filled and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate is hired. Position related questions may be directed to: Gina MacKay, MCIP, RPP Director of Planning and Development Services (T) 250.495.4606 (E) email@example.com We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
1 September 2021EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Utilities Superintendent Open Until Filled The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC, located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Utilities Superintendent. Position Information Reporting to the Director of Operational Services, this full-time exempt management position will coordinate and optimize the operation and maintenance of the Town's water distribution and waste water collection systems. The Utilities Superintendent will be responsible for ensuring that the Department's Water/Wastewater operators are adequately trained and supervised for regulatory compliance. The Utilities Superintendent will take on the role of Chief Operator for the Town's water distribution and waste water collection systems and will lead the Utilities Department into the next phase of evolution. The Town is looking for an EOCP Water Distribution Level ll or lll, Wastewater Collection Level ll, Water Treatment Level ll, and a Wastewater Treatment Level 1 operator but would consider an Under-graduate degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering or diploma in Civil or related Engineering Technology an asset. You will also have 5-10 years of related experience with the operation and maintenance of a water distribution and waste water collection system and 2-3 years of experience in a supervisory position related to water and wastewater. A sound knowledge of computer related systems such as GIS systems and SCADA software and system would be beneficial. A valid Class 5 BC driver's license and a clean driving record are also required. The Utilities Superintendent is a new position for the Town of Osoyoos and would provide an excellent opportunity for encouraging growth, leadership, and mentorship for the right candidate. With a small operator group to manage, the superintendent will need to balance budget, training, O&M requirements while still providing service levels to users. Click here for a full job description. 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. The Town of Osoyoos offers a comprehensive benefits package and a competitive salary. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online or email firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter of interest and resume. The posting will be open until filled and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate is hired. All inquiries or questions about this exciting career opportunity should be directed to: Jared Brounstein Director of Operational Services (E) email@example.com We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
24 July 2021Summer Fitness Classes & Weight Room Access The Sonora Community Centre is pleased to offer limited fitness classes this summer! Click HERE for more information. Registration starts Tuesday May 25th and can be done either by phone (250.495.6562) or online. COVID-19 Safety protocols are in place. Sonora Community Centre Visitor Screening Form Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 firstname.lastname@example.org
30 June 2021Osoyoos Story Walk Join in on our new outdoor reading experience! StoryWalk® boards have now been installed along the Canal Trail starting at the West Bench trail head. While you enjoy the trail, you and your kids can read the story "Max Goes to the Space Station" by Jeffrey Bennett. The story has a little bit for every age and will spark the imagination and curiosity of your children while enjoying one of Osoyoos' most popular trails! StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
25 May 2021Next Town Council to be held on Tuesday May 25, 2021 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 9:00 AM for the Committee of the Whole meeting and at 2:00 PM for the Regular Open Meeting in Council Chambers at Town Hall located at 8707 Main Street. The Town of Osoyoos Council meetings will be closed to the public until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. On May 1, 2020 the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General repealed MO 83/20 and replaced it with Ministerial Order No. M139. This order allows the Town to close all Council meetings to the public in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and enables Council to continue to conduct business. Council meetings will continue to be streamed live on our website. Click here to watch the Council meeting live or view recorded meetings. Council agendas are available online or at the Town Hall on the preceding Friday for each meeting. Regular and Special Meetings Committee of the Whole Meetings Town of Osoyoos 250.495.6515 email@example.com
21 May 2021EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Summer Recreation Leaders Deadline May 21 The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC, located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Summer Student Recreation Leaders - Community Services. Position Information Energetic, caring individuals needed from June 28, 2021 to August 27, 2021. 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 $17.79 per hour plus 6% in lieu of benefits. Deadline for resume submission is 4:00 PM, Friday, May 21, 2021. 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 outdoor amenities, it is an extraordinary area to visit, play in, and live. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online with a letter of interest and resume by 4:00 PM, Friday, May 21, 2021 with "Summer Student Recreation Leaders" in the subject line. Position related questions may be directed to: Brianne Hillson Deputy Corporate Officer Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0 (E) email@example.com The above positions are open to all students. We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
14 May 2021EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Summer Program Coordinator Deadline May 14 The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC, located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Summer Student Program Coordinator - Community Services. Position Information An energetic individual is needed from May 31, 2021 to September 3, 2021. 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 $21.83 per hour plus 6% in lieu of benefits. Click here for a full job description. 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 outdoor amenities, it is an extraordinary area to visit, play in, and live. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online with a letter of interest and resume by 4:00 PM on Friday, May 14, 2021 with "Summer Student Program Coordinator" in the subject line. Position related questions may be directed to: Brianne Hillson Deputy Corporate Officer Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0 (E) email@example.com We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
30 April 2021Thank You Volunteers! Osoyoos is privileged to be served by hundreds of volunteers who contribute towards the betterment of our community. In lieu of the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Awards, Mayor and Council would like to extend their warmest THANK YOU to all of the groups and individuals who dedicated their time and energy in 2019 and 2020 to make Osoyoos the wonderful community it is. 2019 and 2020 Volunteer Award Nominations and Winners Best Volunteer Project 2019 WINNER: Canada Day Fireworks - Osoyoos Fireworks Committee 2020 Nominees: Wellness Check-in Calls - Desert Valley Hospice Society 2020 WINNER: New Building Project - Osoyoos & District Museum and Archives Outstanding Community Group 2019 Nominees: Osoyoos Festival Society 2019 WINNER: Osoyoos Concert Series 2020 Nominees: Osoyoos Schools Breakfast Program Osoyoos Farmers’ Market/Market on Main 2020 WINNER: Pioneer Walkway Volunteers Outstanding Individual Volunteer 2020 Nominees: Greg Torget George Peters Joanne Ziebart Dianne Lang Ingrid Nicholson Mike Truchan Leonard Gebhart Danny Barr 2020 WINNER: Larry Stone Congratulations to all the volunteer award nominees and winners!
30 April 2021EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Student Grounds Maintenance Open Until Filled The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC, located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Summer Student Grounds Maintenance - Operational Services. Position Information A valid British Columbia driver's license is a requirement. Experience in the operations of powered yard maintenance equipment would be an asset. This is a bargaining unit position with a present wage rate of $17.79 per hour plus 6% in lieu of benefits. Click here for a full job description. 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. Please email or apply online with letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Summer Student Grounds Maintenance" in the subject line. The position will be open until filled and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate is hired. If you have specific questions about this career opportunity please contact: Jared Brounstein Director of Operational Services (E) email@example.com We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
28 April 2021The Town of Osoyoos joins the BCFED Health and Safety Centre and Worksafe BC on April 28, 2021 in a National Day of Mourning to acknowledge workers that have been killed, infected, or seriously injured on the job. As we approach the April 28 Day of Mourning, it is appropriate to reflect on the fact that many workers continue to be; killed, infected, or seriously injured on the job. Many more have suffered and died from industrial accidents either caused by workplace exposures or inadequate safety measures. In British Columbia, 173 workplace fatalities were reported to BC WCB in 2020. This is still the tragic reality in many economic sectors. As COVID-19 rages on, we must also now add health care, long-term care, security, transportation/delivery, retail and banking to that growing list of affected workers. As we mourn those fallen heroes, we stand in solidarity with them, their loved ones, colleagues, and friends. April 28 is our National Day of Mourning to remember workers who have suffered work-related disability, disease and death. The Canadian Labour Congress first declared the Day in 1984. More than 100 countries now observe the Day. The day of observance was passed into legislation by the Workers Mourning Day Act, and encourages all Canadians to remember workers killed and injured in the workplace, or as a result of occupational disease. "Please consider attending a Ceremony, or pausing for a moment of reflection on April 28 to remember those workers who have lost their lives on the job." - Mayor Sue McKortoff For more information on the National Day of Mourning, please visit: https://www.healthandsafetybc.ca/resources/day-of-mourning/ https://www.dayofmourning.bc.ca/
28 April 2021Pursuant to Section 26 of the Community Charter and within accordance of section 94 notice is hereby given that the Town of Osoyoos intends to lease the office portion of the Desert Sun Rise Marina located at Lions Park and one (1) parking stall located in the marina parking and staging area to Sunwest Investments Corporation for a three (3) year term, beginning May 15, 2021. The fee associated with this lease is $8,000 a year with an option to renew for an additional two years. The subject property is legally described as Parcel Identifiers 011-089-261 and 011-015-071 Part Block 755, Plan A1057, DL 2450s, SDYD and Lot 763 DL2450s, Plan 2449, SDYD, more commonly referred to as the Desert Sunrise Marina and Parking Stall. The lease can be viewed online (www.osoyoos.ca) under Agendas, April 13, 2021 regular council meeting. For additional information regarding this lease, go to the Land Disposition webpage. Please direct any inquiries to: Town of Osoyoos Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.6515 (F) 250.495.2400 (E) firstname.lastname@example.org
27 April 2021Council Meeting Highlights for April 27, 2021 Click on button to watch the video of the Committee of the Whole and Regular Open meetings. Committee of the Whole Regular Open COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING Petitions and Delegations Kelley Glazer, Executive Director, and Daniel Bibby, Chair, presented Destination Osoyoos’ 2020 Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements to Council. Staff Reports Gerald Davis, Director of Community Services, reported to Council on the Community Services Department’s first quarter. Brianne Hillson, Deputy Corporate Officer, reported to Council on the Corporate Services Department’s first quarter. Jim Zakall, Director of Financial Services, reported to Council on the Financial Services Department’s first quarter. REGULAR OPEN MEETING Public And Other Hearings Council authorized the issuance of Development Variance Permit No. 21-01. This permit allows for an exterior patio and roof structure to be built in the rear yard of the property located at 39 Harbour Key Drive with a setback of four metres. Staff Reports Council approved the financial request of $2,000.00 from the 2021 Accessibility and Age-Friendly budget to complete the accessibility upgrades at the Osoyoos Curling Club. Council approved the lease between the Town of Osoyoos and Sunwest Investment Corporation to utilize a portion of the property commonly referred to as Desert Sunrise Marina for a three year lease, commencing May 15, 2021 and ending on September 15, 2023, at the rate of $8,000.00 a year with an option to renew for an additional two years. Council also authorized the Town’s signatories to execute the agreement. Council awarded the contract for the aerated lagoon rag removal to CHB Services Ltd in the amount of $225,907.50 and authorized the Town’s signatories to enter into a contract for the works specified in the Tender Documents. Council supported the submission of a grant application to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund under the 2021 Emergency Operations Centres & Training stream through the RDOS and agreed to the RDOS receiving and managing the grant funding on the behalf of the Town. Should the application be successful, the funding would allow the Town of Osoyoos, the RDOS, and other member South Okanagan municipalities to respond to emergencies more efficiently through overarching protocols and procedures. Council approved the Licence to Use agreement with the Osoyoos Traditional Archery School for the use of the lands at 11600 Strawberry Creek Road for a three year term, from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023, at the rate of $150.00 a year and authorized the Town’s signatories to execute the agreement. Council approved the agreement with Osoyoos Model Aviation Club for use of the Osoyoos Airport until December 31, 2021 and authorized the Town’s signatories to execute the agreement. Council supported the application to the UBCM Local Government Development Approvals program. The requested funds would be used for a Land Use Procedures Bylaw, a Zoning Bylaw update, Applicant Outreach Program, Council workshop, and Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw Amendments. Bylaws Tax Rates Bylaw No. 1372, 2021 was read for the first three times and adopted. This bylaw changed the tax due date to July 2, 2021 and set a late payment penalty of 5% to be applied on July 3, 2021, with a further 5% to be applied on September 2, 2021. Mayor’s Reports Mayor McKortoff noted that there was a two-page spread in the April 21st edition of the Times Chronicle to celebrate Volunteer Week and acknowledge the nominees and winners of the 2019 and 2020 Volunteer Awards. Mayor McKortoff attended various Zoom meetings on healthcare and mayor updates with various Ministries and other BC communities. Mayor McKortoff attended the Official Community Plan Workshop with staff and Council at the Sonora Community Centre. Mayor McKortoff attended the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control’s semi-annual meeting. Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to continue to shop locally, support restaurants by ordering take-out, wear masks, and have a staycation. Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website www.osoyoos.ca.
27 April 2021For Immediate Release: April 27, 2021 Osoyoos, BC Town of Osoyoos Announces Hiring of New Fire Chief The Town of Osoyoos is pleased to announce the hiring of Corey Kortmeyer as Fire Chief effective June 7, 2021. Mr. Kortmeyer brings over 18 years of firefighting experience and extensive training in the field. He was most recently the Fire Chief and Director of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services for the District of Elkford BC where he managed a department of over 30 members. As the Fire Chief in Elkford, he oversaw the Emergency Services portfolio which included emergency response, training, emergency management, fire prevention, search and rescue, and yearly budget management. The Town of Osoyoos is confident that Mr. Kortmeyer brings the skills, knowledge and personal suitability that will assist Osoyoos in meeting its present and future challenges in the Fire Department. Chief Kortmeyer – “I am honoured and humbled to join the Town of Osoyoos as Fire Chief. Working alongside the fine members of the fire department and continuing the excellent efforts of Osoyoos Fire and Rescue is going to be an exciting challenge. Fire and life safety is my passion, and I will dedicate my efforts to serving the community of Osoyoos in its times of need. I will work hard to provide leadership as well as share my passion with others while having fun serving our community.” Chief Administrative Officer Allan Chabot said: “We look forward to Chief Kortmeyer joining us and promoting and continuing the excellent service that the Fire Rescue Department provides to our community.” For more information contact: Allan Chabot Chief Administrative Officer (T) 250.495.6515 (E) email@example.com
1 April 2021Boil Water Notice Agricultural Irrigation Systems 8 & 9 effective April 1 The Town of Osoyoos has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE for Domestic Water Customers served by Agricultural Irrigation Systems 8 & 9 Effective April 1, 2021 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. System 8 and 9 Maps 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. Agricultural Irrigation 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 and 9 for the Twinning projects. 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) firstname.lastname@example.org
31 March 2021Volunteer Recognition Awards Osoyoos is privileged to be served by hundreds of volunteers who contribute towards the betterment of our community. Each year the Town of Osoyoos recognizes and celebrates the valuable contributions volunteers make to our community through the Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic our annual event was not able to take place in 2020 and will not be able to take place this year as we had hoped. However, we would still like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication our community volunteers have exhibited. This year, Council is planning to recognize individuals and their achievements made in 2019 and 2020 with a community recognition page in April 21st issue of the Times-Chronicle and on the Town of Osoyoos website. Provincial Health Orders permitting, a small award presentation may be able to take place outside. Click on the link below to view/print the Nomination Package for the Awards that will be presented: 2020 Volunteer Award Nomination Package Please submit your nominations by Wednesday March 31, 2021 to: Sarah Dynneson Program Supervisor Sonora Community Centre (T) 250.495.6562 (E) email@example.com
23 March 2021Request for Proposals (RFP) Marina Management Services Deadline March 23, 2021 The Town is requesting proposals to lease the office portion of the marina building located at Desert Sunrise Marina at Lions Park and one (1) parking stall located in the marina parking and staging area. The Request for Proposals, which contains further details on the requirements and instructions on how to submit a proposal can be viewed electronically through the Town’s online Bids & Tenders System at https://interiorpurchasing.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en or by clicking HERE The RFP Closing Date and Time is 2:00 pm on March 23, 2021. Proposals will be considered on the basis of the criteria stated in the RFP, which includes lease price and experience. The Town reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to accept any proposal the Town considers most favourable to the interests of the Town. General questions can be directed to: Gerald Davis Director of Community Services Town of Osoyoos Box 3010, 8711 Main Street Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.4621 (W) www.osoyoos.ca Late submissions are not permitted in the Bids and Tenders system. The details of a successful proposal will be posted on the Town website if and when a proposal is accepted by the Town.
9 March 2021RFP South Okanagan Aquatic Center Feasibility Study Deadline March 9 Through this Request for Proposals, the Town of Osoyoos on behalf of itself, the Town of Oliver, and the Osoyoos Indian Band (collectively the “Service Area Participants”) invites Proposals from consulting/architectural firms to perform a comprehensive Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study on the future development of an indoor aquatic facility to serve the public of the Service Area Participants. There is a maximum budget of $75,000 (excluding GST) available to complete these services, and the services must be completed before October 31, 2021. Closing Date and Time: March 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM local time. CLICK HERE to view the RFP Documents. * 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.interiorpurchasing.ca
10 February 2021NEWS RELEASE South Okanagan Regional Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study Request for Proposal For Immediate Release February 9, 2021 Osoyoos Indian Band, Towns of Oliver and Osoyoos Issue Request for Proposal The Towns of Osoyoos and Oliver and Osoyoos Indian Band are officially issuing a Request for Proposal to assess the feasibility of building and operating a Regional Aquatic Centre. These communities have long expressed desire for a year-round indoor aquatic facility to enhance quality of life, provide leisure and fitness activities, attract amenity migrants to the region, promote economic development and serve the visitor population including a growing winter season "snowbird" population. "The Osoyoos Indian Band fully supports moving forward with a feasibility study for a Regional Aquatic Center," says Chief Clarence Louie. "We understand and appreciate that the value of a collaborative approach to a centralized amenity is for the betterment of all of our communities." There are many planning, asset and financial factors that need to be understood, and the participating communities are now ready to approach these discussions in a more formal regional setting, commencing with a feasibility study for a South Okanagan Aquatic Centre. Mayor Martin Johansen stated, "that recreation and leisure sport play an important role in communities. Their many benefits include improving the health and well-being of individuals, and promoting the development of inclusive communities. Oliver is pleased to partner with Osoyoos Indian Band and the Town of Osoyoos in undertaking this feasibility study for a Regional Aquatic Centre." A South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Advisory Committee will be formed comprising of members from each Council and members of the community who will be involved in designing the public engagement and consultation process. "An indoor public pool continues to be a high priority for many local Osoyoos residents," said Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff. "A recent Community Services review showed that this issue is top of the list for area families. But since the cost of a pool and the ongoing cost for operating a pool is high and could be difficult to manage for any single municipality, I am pleased that Osoyoos, Oliver, and the Osoyoos Indian Band are working together to undertake a feasibility study." More information: South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study RFP: https://interiorpurchasing.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en General Inquiries - Gerald Davis Director of Community Services Town of Osoyoos (T) 250.495.4621 (E) email@example.com
4 February 2021NOTICE Vedette Drive Re-Construction Twincon Enterprises Ltd will be commencing construction on Vedette Drive starting February 4, 2021. This project will provide the area will a full urban streetscape with sidewalk, curb and gutter as well as landscaping and street light improvements. The Town is also taking this opportunity to replace an aging section of water main to ensure longevity of the surface improvements as well as ensure uninterrupted water supply for the serviced properties for years to come. This project will take approximately 16 weeks to complete and we ask that public minimize travel along this corridor for the duration of construction. The Town and Twincon Enterprises Ltd appreciates your cooperation and patience while this work takes place. Should you have any concerns please contact Operational Services at 250-495-6213.
31 January 2021Time to Renew your Dog's License by January 31, 2021 Licensing and Control of Dogs, Bylaw 1036, 2016 Dog License Brochure The Town requires pet owners to register their dogs and renew their license annually. A dog license with up to date information ensures the Town can contact you if your pet is found. If you own a dog over six months of age, it must be licensed – even indoor pets. The fine for having an unlicensed pet is $50 per dog. Licenses are affordable and can be easily obtained by mail or in person. The fee is $22.00 per dog and $12.00 for a spayed or neutered dog. The Town accepts Cash, Cheque, Interec/Debit, e-Transfers and NOW Credit Cards (MasterCard/Visa) which will include a convenience fee. For more information on dog licensing please refer to Animal Control and Licensing. Town of Osoyoos Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.6515 (E) firstname.lastname@example.org
14 January 2021Town of Osoyoos 75th Anniversary
30 October 2020UPDATES on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan | Visitor Screening Form | PreparedBC Pandemic Preparedness Guide Check this page regularly for ongoing updates on the Coronavirus situation as it relates to Town of Osoyoos facilities, programs, services and events. Restrictions on travel between regions of the province On April 23, 2021 the Province established travel restrictions for non-essential travel in B.C. by Ministerial Order No. M172. The restrictions are in place until May 25 to stop the spread of COVID-19 and variants of concern. Fines can be given to people who leave their region for non-essential travel. Stay local and stay in your community. Do not travel for non-essential reasons. For more information please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/travel/current#restrictions Latest Bulletins 2021 03 30 EOC COVID-19 BULLETIN 24 2021 03 15 It’s time to get immunized Interior Health is now making appointments for eligible seniors and Aboriginal peoples in our region to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. During this phase of the B.C. Immunization Plan, seniors 80+ and Aboriginal peoples 65+ and Elders are eligible. For specific information and clinic details, please visit: Interior Health’s Vaccine Information site. When you are eligible, call 1-877-740-7747, between the hours of 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. PST/PDT, seven days per week. 2021 03 04 EOC COVID-19 BULLETIN 23 2020 12 17 EOC COVID-19 BULLETIN 22 2020 11 20 EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 21 - State of Emergency-PHO-Masks Posted November 20 @ 4:30pm Interior Health Contact Information For non-medical questions or concerns about COVID-19, a provincial phone service has been established for British Columbians. They are open 7 days a week from 7:30am to 8:00pm and can be reached at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or by text at 604-630-0300. Posted November 13 @ 9:30am COVID-19 Immunization Campaign Q&A Posted March 12, 2021 Interior Health COVID-19 Pandemic Response Posted January 4, 2021 Interior Health issues COVID-19 alert Posted November 10, 2020 2020 10 30 EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 20 - State of Emergency-PHO-Social Interaction Posted October 30 @ 4:00pm Message from Mayor (Updated March 4, 2021) The Province of BC continues to be subject to a Provincial State of Emergency. The State of Emergency was originally declared on March 18, 2020 and has again been extended until at least March 16, 2021 making it the longest state of emergency in the Province’s history. The declaration and its continuation is a coordinated effort by the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Ministers of Health and Public Safety and Solicitor General, and Premier Horgan and allows health and emergency officials to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the Province’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. More information regarding the Provincial State of Emergency and COVID-19 Information and Resources can be found here: Provincial State of Emergency: COVID-19 Information & Resources Rules around international travel and border crossings and travel within Canada are complex and changing as the Federal / Provincial response to the pandemic unfolds. Persons contemplating travel outside of, or within, Canada should check the rules before doing so. Information regarding travel restrictions can be found at the aforementioned website and here: COVID-19: Travel, quarantine and borders Thank you all for your continued efforts to keep Osoyoos a safe place to live and work. The steps you take- washing your hands often, staying a 2 meter distance from others, wearing masks, staying home when you are sick, staying within your bubble and not hosting visitors or events and postponing travel has proven to make an important difference in helping to keep all of us safe. During the next few months we will be doing whatever we can to assist Interior Health with distributing a COVID vaccine in Osoyoos to enable our citizens to get immunized as soon as possible. We will also help distribute information regarding vaccination when the plan has been developed and Interior Health has announced it to keep you apprised of further information on when you can expect to be vaccinated and ensure that no citizen who wants to be vaccinated is missed. Further information regarding COVID-19 can be found below following this message. Thank you all for continuing to show kindness to one another during this challenging time, and for supporting our local businesses. I see many of you wearing the Destination Osoyoos button which says “Kindness is Contagious”. I know we can all use some of that now. Mayor Sue McKortoff TOWN COMMUNICATION The Town of Osoyoos is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely to ensure we continue to respond to emerging issues as they relate to Town facilities, programs, services and events. This includes following the direction of Interior Health, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control or the Government of Canada. While the COVID-19 situation is changing daily around the world, we are mindful that our community is concerned about the potential impact of the further spread of the coronavirus and we are acting accordingly to do what we can to support public safety. 2020 07 06 Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan Please click on the link below to view current/previous Bulletins posted. https://osoyoos.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/94866 OPEN Facilities IF YOU ARE SICK OR EXPERIENCING FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS PLEASE DO NOT ENTER or USE THESE FACILITIES. If you make an appointment you will be asked to fill out a “Visitor Screening Form” before entering the premises. Please practice social/physical distancing at these locations/facilities. Town Hall is only permitting one person at a time into the facility. Town Hall 250.495.6515 9AM-1PM Monday-Friday (Excluding Statutory Holidays) Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 email@example.com Sunbowl Arena 250.495.6562 Contact Sonora Community Centre for more information. Goodman Park Washroom 250.495.6213 firstname.lastname@example.org Marina Washroom 250.495.6213 email@example.com Dog Park 250.495.6562 firstname.lastname@example.org Osoyoos Regional Library 250.860.4033 Please refer to their website. Osoyoos& District Sanitary Landfill 250.495.6515 email@example.com Outdoor Pickleball Courts 250.495.6562 firstname.lastname@example.org Parks & Trails (unless identified below) 250.495.6562 email@example.com Play Structure at Kinsmen Park 250.495.6562 firstname.lastname@example.org Play Structure at Lions Park 250.495.6562 email@example.com Skateboard Park 250.495.6562 firstname.lastname@example.org Tennis Courts 250.495.6562 email@example.com West Bench Complex 250.495.6562 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com By Appointment Only Bylaw Enforcement 250.495.6515 firstname.lastname@example.org By Appointment Only Fire Hall 250.495.4631 email@example.com By Appointment Only Operations (Public Works) 250.495.4613 firstname.lastname@example.org By Appointment Only RCMP Office 250.495.7236 Emergency Call 9-1-1 At this time Town staff continue to work during regular scheduled office hours to bring services to the community and to perform necessary maintenance. Essential services are being maintained. CLOSED Facilities Desert Park 250.495.6562 email@example.com Boat (Paid) Trailer Parking Lot 250.495.6515 Closed for the season Splash Park 250.495.6562 Closed for the season Pioneer Walkway Washroom 250.495.6213 Closed for the season All Public Washrooms (unless identified above) 250.495.6213 Closed for the season Sunrise Marina 250.495.6562 Closed for the season Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Payments A variety of payment methods are available: Mail Drop off payment slot at Town Office (8707 Main Street) Telephone/Internet Banking/etransfer Post Dated Cheques Bill payment with your local Financial Institution NEW Credit Card Payments *If making your payment through Telephone or Internet banking your account number is the folio/roll number located at the top right of your tax notice. Enter with no spaces and no decimals, i.e. 55600987000. MORE INFORMATION For more information and updates, including answers to frequently asked questions and translated information, please consult the following resources: Interior Health Website First Nations Health Authority Government of Canada Website British Columbia Centre for Disease Control Website Self-Assessment Tool Service Canada Ready to Help Youth Service Canada Ready to Help Seniors Service Canada Ready to Help Businesses Still have questions? Visit these sites for trusted information and contact: HealthLinkBC / 811 if you have symptoms Call 1-888-COVID19 (268-4319) if you would like more information On behalf of Town Council and Staff we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation on this matter. Town of Osoyoos 250.495.6515 firstname.lastname@example.org Osoyoos EOC 250.495.4635 email@example.com
10 January 2020
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