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  • 17 November 2015
    Boil Water Notice Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 from April 1-November 17 The Town of Osoyoos has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE for Domestic Water Customers served in Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 effective from April 1, 2015 until November 17, 2015. In order to determine exactly which system you are being served by, please refer to the first three digits of the account number on your rural water bill. The Town of Osoyoos and Interior Health recommend individuals drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice.  For these at-risk populations, water intended for drinking, washing ready to eat fruits and vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute. Please notify tenants, visitors, or other building occupants of the boil water notice. The Town of Osoyoos is taking measures to disinfect and flush these water systems.  Interior Health has been fully involved, and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved.  Thank you in advance for your patience. If you have any further questions please contact: Operational Services Department Box 3010, 11500 115 Street Osoyoos BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6213  (E)
  • 31 October 2015
    Halloween Howl on October 31
  • 20 October 2015
    RFP Osoyoos General Insurance Services Deadline October 20 The Town of Osoyoos is requesting proposals from qualified insurance companies for the supply of property, crime, boiler and machinery breakdown, data, Council member accident and conflict of interest, and comprehensive dishonesty, disappearance and destruction, Marina Liability and Airport Liability (optional). Click here for the RFP documents. This is not a tender.  This is a non-binding Request for Proposals.  The Town reserves the absolute right to negotiate with one or more Proponents as it sees fit.  Nothing in this RFP shall obligate the Town to enter into a contract with any person.   The RFP is scheduled to close at: 2:00 PM, Tuesday, October 20, 2015   The RFP must be delivered in a sealed envelope clearly marked “General Insurance RFP” to: Town of Osoyoos Box 3010 8707 Main Street Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0 Enquiries may be directed to: Janette Van Vianen, CMC Director of Corporate Services 250.495.6515 Proposals received after the closing time will be returned unopened.  No phone calls regarding the Request for Proposals results.  
  • 19 October 2015
    Next Town Council Meeting to be held on October 19, 2015 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM for the Committee of the Whole meeting and at 2:00 PM for the Regular Open Meeting in Council Chambers, Town Hall, 8707 Main Street Council agendas are available online or at the Town Hall on the preceding Friday for each meeting.   Regular and Special Meetings Committee of the Whole Meetings
  • 16 October 2015
    NOTICE 2016 Property Tax Exemptions Please take notice that the Council of the Town of Osoyoos proposes to adopt Year 2016 Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 1313, 2015 under the authority of Section 224 of the Community Charter. By this bylaw, council exempts the following land and/or improvements from taxation under Section 197(1) (a) of the Community Charter, for a 1 year period: CLICK HERE to print/view the chart below. Jim Zakall Director of Finance/Deputy CAO Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)        250.495.6515 (E)
  • 15 October 2015
    Water Systems 8 & 9 Shut Down starts October 15   The Osoyoos Rural Water Irrigation Systems 8 and 9 will be shut down starting on Thursday, October 15, 2015. An application and payment for extension of water service until Friday, October 30, 2015 should be made at Town Hall (8707 Main Street). The deadline for late water submissions is Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm. Please direct water inquiries to: Public Works Department 11500 115 Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)    250.495.6213 (E)
  • 13 October 2015
    NOTICE 74th Ave Reconstruction will commence on October 13 Contractor Mike Johnson Excavating will be starting on the 74th Avenue reconstruction project between 87th Street and 89th Street.  Construction will continue as weather permits. LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY during this reconstruction process. Tender Results Questions should be directed to Public Works Department: (T) 250.495.6213 (E) We appreciate your patience as we work together to make these improvements.
  • 12 October 2015
    Invitation for Public Comment on South Okanagan Protected Areas News Release Ministry of Environment For Immediate Release 2015ENV0052-001276 August 13, 2015 OSOYOOS - The provincial government is inviting British Columbians to provide feedback on an intentions paper proposing how land might be protected in the South Okanagan. As a result of discussions with First Nations and stakeholders, the Province is proposing a land protection framework based on five key principles. These principles are: Additional protection will be beneficial; Management is shared with First Nations; Existing users are recognized; Respect for private land holders; and Tourism is actively promoted. The proposed policies in this paper apply to three distinct areas in the region. The provincial government is proposing Area 1 and Area 3 be considered by Parks Canada for inclusion in a South Okanagan National Park Reserve and Area 2 be protected as a conservancy under provincial legislation, the Park Act. The three areas are made up of the following: Area 1 - Portions of the area west of Osoyoos towards the Similkameen River, and south of Highway 3 to the U.S. border including the Osoyoos Desert Centre, Spotted Lake and South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area sites of East and West Chopaka and South Kilpoola. Area 2 - Portions of the area west of Oliver towards Cawston, and north of Highway 3 to the southerly extent of the White Lake Grasslands Protected Area. Area 3 - Portions of the White Lake basin area south of Okanagan Falls and including areas in the vicinity of Vaseux Lake and the White Lake Grasslands Protected Area. Conceptual maps of these areas are included on the intentions paper webpage of BC Parks at: A number of factors will be considered when developing the final policy including: protection of First Nations values and cultural sites, expansion of tourism (including aboriginal tourism), protection of species-at-risk, recreational activities, agricultural activities and protection of ranching and existing grazing tenures. The public has a 60-day period to provide comments on the intentions paper with final responses due by October 12, 2015. BC Parks will review the feedback and publicly post a Consultation Report along with final recommendations in early 2016. Quotes: Mary Polak, Minister of Environment - "The government is committed to exploring a variety of options so we can satisfy the varying interests in this diverse region. Our intent with these proposals is to protect significant geographic and cultural values, while providing recreation and tourism opportunities - and we look forward to receiving comments on this paper." Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen - "The South Okanagan is a special and unique region that our government is committed to protecting. I encourage my constituents and all British Columbians to provide feedback and let us know what values are most important to them as we move forward with our proposal." Media Contact: Media Relations Ministry of Environment 250.953.3834 Connect with the Province of B.C. at:      
  • 9 October 2015
    Rural Osoyoos Area 'A' Temporary Open Fire Ban Rescinded UPDATE: Temporary Open Fire Ban RESCINDED effective Thursday, Oct 9, 2015 Due to the change in the season within our region, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is rescinding the Temporary Open Fire Ban at 12 noon on October 9, 2015.   The temporary open fire ban included open fires, campfires, and fires in portable wood burning fireplaces within the RDOS Fire Protection Areas, defined as Anarchist Mountain, Kaleden, Keremeos, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Tulameen and Willowbrook Fire Areas.  This rescind will also be in conjunction with the municipalities of Penticton, Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos, Princeton and the Village of Keremeos.   The public is encouraged to continue to restrict their campfires to not larger than half-metre by half-metre in size and have a hand tool such as a shovel or at least eight litres of water nearby to extinguish it.    Remember, never leave a campfire unattended and make sure the ashes are completely cold to the touch before leaving the area. For more information, please call 250.492.0237 or toll-free 1.877.610.3737 or visit our website at Rural Osoyoos Area 'A' Temporary Open Fire Ban REMAINS in Place Although BC Wildfire Service has rescinded the campfire ban on those lands which fall within their provincial fire jurisdiction, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s (RDOS) temporary open fire ban, which includes campfires, remains in place for those lands which are contained within the RDOS Fire Protection Areas, which include the Anarchist Mountain, Kaleden, Keremeos Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Tulameen and Willowbrook Fire Area, [including Rural Osoyoos - Area A].  The RDOS, in conjunction with the municipalities of Penticton, Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos, Princeton and the Village of Keremeos has determined that due to the current weather conditions and fire risk, the ban should remain in place.  This ban includes all open fires, including campfires and fires in portable wood burning fireplaces.  The ban does not restrict fires in stoves using gas, propane or briquettes. Provincial Parks and Campgrounds are Crown Land and fall under the authority of the BC Wildfire Services area. Please check to see if you fall within the RDOS fire service area at For more information, please call 250.492.0237 or toll-free 1.877.610.3737 or visit our website at   Town of Osoyoos Outdoor fires are NOT permitted at any time within the Town of Osoyoos municipal boundaries unless authorized by the Fire Chief. Reference Bylaw No. 720, Sections 27 & 28
  • 7 October 2015
    2015 Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum October 7-9 FOR MORE INFORMATION     For more info please contact Carolina Restrepo-Tamayo at   Osoyoos and Oliver Residents, please register at Sonora Community Centre, 8505 68 Ave, Osoyoos, BC Phone 250-495-6562. Oroville Residents, please register at Oroville City Hall, 1308 Ironwood from 8am – 4pm  
  • 7 October 2015
    2015 Fall Leisure Guide is NOW available! Find out what’s happening this fall at the Sonora Community Centre! Jammed packed with activities for children and adults. The 2015 Fall Leisure Guide is now available and can be picked up at the Sonora Community Centre or Town Hall.  Online registration is available! Recreation Online Program Registration All programs are open to community members and visitors.  Looking for something to do this fall? Then pick up your copy today! Sonora Community Centre 8505 68th Avenue Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.4623 (F)  250.495.2400 (E)  
  • 5 October 2015
    "NORMAL" Stage Watering Restrictions effective October 5, 2015 NOTICE Rural District Water Systems 8 & 9 Stage 2 Restrictions effective August 18, 2015 have been CANCELLED. The "NORMAL" (Town) Stage consists of the following restrictions: AUTOMATIC Sprinkling Systems: Properties equipped with an automated time clock sprinkler system may sprinkle between the hours of 12:00 MIDNIGHT to 6:00 AM daily. MANUAL Sprinklers: Properties equipped with only manually controlled sprinkling systems, including those attached to outside taps, may operate from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM and from 6:00 PM to 12:00 MIDNIGHT daily. NO use of water hoses permitted for the purpose of washing boats or motor vehicles unless the spray gun or spray wand are equipped with an automatic shut off nozzle. NO sprinkling between the hours of 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM during any day at any time of the year. NO use of water to wash sidewalks, driveways or parking lots, except if necessary for applying a product such as paint or preservative. 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. FURTHER INFORMATION On May 16, 2011 Osoyoos Town Council adopted the Water Conservation and Staged Restrictions Bylaw No. 1273.  The bylaw imposes five (5) stages of water restrictions not including what is permitted under 'Normal' circumstances.  For more information regarding this new bylaw, please click the links below: -    Informational Flyer/Brochure -    Bylaw 1273          All questions and/or concerns should be directed to: Town of Osoyoos Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)    250.495.6515 (E)
  • 5 October 2015
    Council Meeting Highlights for October 5, 2015 Click on either button to watch the video of the Committee of the Whole and the Regular Open meetings. Committee of the Whole  Regular Open DELEGATIONS • Water Conservation Metering Assessment – Urban Systems presented by Jacob Scissons and Peter Gigliotti. • We Day 2016 presented by Mr Miller and students from the Osoyoos Elementary School WATER MATTERS • Water Management and Staged Restrictions Bylaw 1273/Bylaw 1241 Irrigation Districts 8 & 9 - Council approved returning to normal water use practices. Click here for more information. Staff to research the feasibility of using the level meters on the pumps to measure the levels of water in Town aquifers and furthermore bring aquifer levels (data) back to Council to assist in determining future water restrictions. BYLAWS • Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 1313, 2015 – First Three Readings BUSINESS • City of Nelson Community Voters Challenge - Look into finding the stats of how many have voted and perhaps the local newspaper can put an article in and have everyone in the community encourage everyone to vote. • We Day support request from Osoyoos Elementary - Council approved $1,000 to offset the costs of the We-Day trip and approve the use of the bus with appropriate insurance in place. REPORTS Councils’ Reports • Museum Society Board is looking for Board members and volunteers. • Encourage people to google We-Day and get more information. • Recently attended a joint Council meeting with the Osoyoos Indian Band. • Airport Steering Committee will be meeting later on this week.  Committee consists of representatives from the RDOS, DO, Town, Airport Society and OIB. • Small business week October 19 - 23 • UBCM Convention met with Minister Shirley Bond (Tourism) – Resort Municipality Funding, Minister Suzanne Anton (Solicitor General) – Victim Services Funding, Premier Clark and Minister Polack (Environment) – National Park, Internet voting – was endorsed. • October 19 is Federal Election Voting Day – encouraged everyone to vote.  Encourage young people of voting age to exercise this right. Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website.  The public is encouraged to attend the Committee of the Whole meetings which take place in Council Chambers at 9:00AM on the morning of the Regular Open Council meetings at 2:00 PM to learn additional in-depth information regarding upcoming business.  
  • 23 September 2015
    Mayor Sue McKortoff Appointed Member of IJC for Three Years The Commissioners of the International Joint Commission (IJC) are pleased to appoint Mayor Sue McKortoff as a member of the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control for a three-year term effective September 18, 2015 and ending September 18, 2018. The International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control was established to assist the Commission on the exercise of the powers and responsibilities assigned to it. The Board is comprised of an equal number of members from the United States and Canada. Members of the Board serve at the pleasure of the Commission and are expected to be full participants in all activities of the Board, working towards resolution of issues and decision making in the best interest of both countries. Congratulations on this appointment! Click Here to view the Letter

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