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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: Public Works Department 11500 115 Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6213  (E)  pubworks@osoyoos.ca
  • 7 October 2015
    2015 Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum October 7-9 FOR MORE INFORMATION     For more info please contact Carolina Restrepo-Tamayo at calila74@gmail.com.  
  • 31 August 2015
    Community Foundations Survey Deadline August 31, 2015 The Community Foundations of the South Okanagan is producing a regional report for the South Okanagan Similkameen.  The 2015 Vital Signs Report is a unique report in that it uses statistical information and community feedback on 11 different issue areas.  As with the 2013 report, it will include data for all the communities in the our region; from Summerland to Osoyoos and throughout the Similkameen Valley. Vital Signs is used by charities, service groups, government bodies and individuals throughout the community to help make this a better place to live, work and play. The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen have established roots and are growing legacies in communities all across Canada. Standing apart in the field of charitable giving, they are dedicated to enriching the quality of community life in specific geographical areas. Please take the time and answer short survey that will provide them information for the Osoyoos area. Deadline for online submissions is August 31, 2015. To learn more about Vital Signs and the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen you can go to their website for more information atwww.cfso.net. Sarah Trudeau Regional Development Coordinator 390 Main Street, 2nd Floor Penticton BC  V2A 5C3 (TF) 877.493.9311 (E)   coordinator@cfso.net  
  • 24 August 2015
    Employment Opportunity for Senior Planner Deadline August 24 Printable PDF Version The resort municipality of Osoyoos, BC located in the beautiful south Okanagan Valley, approximately 60 km south of Penticton on the BC/Washington State border, is seeking a Senior Planner.  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 and live.   Osoyoos is seeking an individual motivated to provide professional planning and development services to internal and external clients in the newly created 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 qualified candidate’s excellent organization and communications skills will further assist public stakeholders to define problems, identify solutions and options, and build consensus.  If you have the ability to assemble, analyze and synthesize demographic, socio-economic, environmental, land use and infrastructure information needed for planning purposes and hold the following qualifications, Osoyoos offers a challenging opportunity! Preferably a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning or a closely related field combined with related experience OR a bachelor’s degree in in Community and Regional Planning or a closely related field combined with 5 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; Knowledge of the BC Community Charter, BC Local Government Act, and other provincial policies in respect of planning matters; Demonstrated broad and detailed knowledge of contemporary community and regional planning theories and practices; Ability to work on a number of concurrent tasks with deadline pressures; Strong report writing and presentation skills; Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office products - Outlook, Word, Powerpoint and Excel, along with working knowledge of GIS related programs; Ability to work evenings and weekends; Valid BC Driver’s License. This permanent full-time position is included in the CUPE bargaining unit. The hourly wage for the position is $33.58 - $39.50 depending upon qualifications and experience, plus an attractive fringe benefits package.  Qualified individuals are invited to submit a cover letter and resume in confidence by noon on Monday, August 24, 2015 quoting Competition No. EU-15-03E2 to:   Marnie Manders Manager of Human Resources Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 (E) mmanders@rdos.bc.ca   Position related questions may be directed to: Alain Cunningham, Ph.D., MCIP, RPP Director of Planning & Development Services (E) alain@osoyoos.ca (T) 250 495-6191 We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.  
  • 23 August 2015
    2015 Make Water Work Campaign ends August 23! Presented by Okanagan Basin Water Board and Okanagan WaterWise. We are asking residents of Osoyoos to visit MakeWaterWork.ca and “Take the Pledge” for your chance to win over $8,000 in prizes, including a GRAND PRIZE of a WaterWise yard upgrade worth $6,000! If you haven't taken the pledge yet, please do so by clicking on the icon to the left. Then share the link with friends and family to do the same. The contest ends August 23, 2015. Corinne Jackson Communications Director Okanagan Basin Water Board Office:   250.469.6271 Email:   corinne.jackson@obwb.ca Click on the links below for more information. Town Water Restrictions - Stage 2 Water Conservation Tips Ron Doucette, Director of Operations is displaying the "Make Water Work" magnet on his truck.
  • 17 August 2015
    Next Town Council Meeting to be held on August 17, 2015 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, August 17, 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  
  • 7 August 2015
    Employment Opportunity Relief Building Service Worker  Deadline August 7, 2015 The Town of Osoyoos requires a relief Building Service Worker in the Community Services Department. This is a relief position with the hours being set by the Director of Community Services. The Building Service Worker will be required to perform a variety of custodial and janitorial functions at town-owned buildings and facilities.  As well, this position may be required to move furniture and equipment, set up meeting rooms and remove snow and ice from entrances to buildings. Click here for a more detailed job description including required qualifications. This is a bargaining unit position, and the 2015 hourly job rate for this position is $18.15 - $21.36 per hour. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 PM, Friday, August 7, 2015.  Please submit applications online or to: Janette Van Vianen, CMC Director of Corporate Services Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (F) 250.495.2400 (E)  jvv@osoyoos.ca We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • 27 July 2015
    Xplore Sportz Summer Camps week of July 27 and August 24
  • 21 July 2015
    RDOS Information Release on Drought Response Statement call for a 30% reduction in water consumption Responding to dry conditions, the BC Government extended its Drought Response Level 3 to include all the Okanagan as of Wednesday, July 15th due to concerns for fish stocks resulting from observed low stream flows and warming water temperatures.  Additionally, angling has been suspended in all streams and rivers throughout the South Okanagan which includes all streams and rivers in the Similkameen drainage.   What does “Level 3 Drought” mean? Level 3 means conditions are becoming very dry. Potential serious ecosystem or socio-economic impacts are possible or imminent, or impacts already occurring. Emphasis continues to be on voluntary conservation but increased water restrictions may be imposed by water service providers.  What can we do to help? The RDOS is asking all residential, agricultural and commercial users of water across the District, on both private and public water systems, to reduce their overall water consumption by 30%.  This voluntary reduction may prevent the need for further mandatory restrictions in the future.   Observe how much water used in a day and then look for ways to reduce consumption. Make it a family, neighbourhood or personal challenge to reduce usage, make water work and re-use water creatively.  We can make a difference and continue to have enough water for all.   Residents can visit http://www.rdos.bc.ca/departments/public-works/water-systems/water-conservation/ for more conservation tips.   What is the RDOS doing in response to the Provincial statement? The RDOS is closely monitoring water usage in the public water systems operated by the RDOS and is observing an increase in consumption compared with the last 5 years of data.   The RDOS’s Parks and Recreations Department has reduced irrigation usage in all of the RDOS parks by 30%. ###   For further information, please contact, Public Works Manager, Roger Huston at (250) 490-4103 or info@rdos.bc.ca.                                          Mark Pendergraft, Chair Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen  
  • 20 July 2015
    Council Meeting Highlights for July 20, 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 WATER MATTERS Water restrictions update - Administration to bring forward a report relating to implementing domestic water restrictions in Irrigation Districts 8 and 9 to the August 17, 2015 meeting, and request that both Water Councillors be present for discussion. BUSINESS Community Event – Tribute Day to Mexican Workers – Local businessman Jamie Elder will be hosting an event on Sunday, August 30 as a tribute to the Mexican workers in our community. Bylaw Enforcement Tender was awarded to Deleau Enforcement Services for the period of July 16, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Public Washroom Caretaker Contract - Council approved Evergreen Building Maintenance be awarded the Contract for Gyro Beach and Cottonwood from July 16 to December 31, 2015 and for all other washrooms from July 16 to October 15, 2015 Water Conservation Exemption Request – Home Hardware - Council approved the use of misting devices through issuing of a permit, for use by commercial businesses between the hours of 12:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Council approved the Lease Amendment Agreement to amend the existing lease between the Town and RDOS and Home Builders until December 31, 2019. Council approved the Mutual Release and Termination Agreement which terminates the previous lease agreement between the RDOS and the Osoyoos Museum Society. UBCM Ministerial Meetings - Council approved the following meeting requests: a.    Ministry of Transport (MOT) enforcement of signage on highway right of way between Oliver and Osoyoos. Additional items may be brought forward based on administrative meeting with MOT representatives at the end of July. b.    Resort Municipality funding and program direction. c.    The future of provincial involvement in development of a national park in the area. d.    Issues related to provincial funding of victim services. e.    The use of internet voting in the 2018 provincial election. f.     Prepare for discussion with the Premier on the National Park issue. REPORTS Mayor participated in the Oliver parade; Also, noted the recent serious accidents.  Thanked Town staff, Fire Department, RCMP and Argo Road Maintenance and AG Foods for dealing with local incidents in a smooth and efficient manner. 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.  
  • 10 July 2015
    Fishing Closures Part of Comprehensive Drought Response INFORMATION BULLETIN For Immediate Release 2015FLNR0178-001062 July 10, 2015 PENTICTON - Responding to dry conditions, the Government of B.C. has announced a Level 3 drought rating for the South Thompson, Nicola, Similkameen, Okanagan-Kettle and Skagit regions, and taken the additional action of suspending angling in streams and rivers throughout the South Okanagan due to ongoing low stream flows and warming water temperatures. Effective July 15 through Sept. 15, 2015, all streams and rivers in the Similkameen drainage as well as the Kettle and West Kettle Rivers, and all tributary streams in these areas will be closed to angling. The angling closure covers all streams in Wildlife Management Units 8-2 through 8-7 and 8-12 through 8-14. The closure has been put in place to protect fish stocks at a time when they are vulnerable due to low flows and high water temperatures. The geographic area covers most of the south Okanagan. Lake fishing is not affected by the order. On July 3, a similar angling closure order was put in place for southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. B.C. government fisheries biologists are monitoring approximately 60 other key angling streams throughout the province, and if conditions warrant, additional closures are possible. Angling closures are enabled through the British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations of the federal Fisheries Act. Separately, Level 3 drought conditions call for voluntary water use reductions of 20% or more from all municipal, agricultural and industrial users. Staff with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations anticipate that these regions could experience significant water supply shortages in 2015. Ministry staff are closely monitoring river levels and ecosystems and may upgrade the drought level if the weather continues to have a negative effect on stream flows and water supply. Currently, there are low streamflow advisories in effect for Vancouver Island, the South Nicola and Western Similkameen Regions. • Low streamflow advisory - Vancouver Island (June 22, 2015): http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/lowflow/advisories/lsa01.htm • Low streamflow advisory - South Nicola and Western Similkameen (July 6, 2015): http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/lowflow/advisories/lsa03.htm Although residential, agricultural and industrial users within municipalities and regional districts backed by reservoir storage are less vulnerable to water supply shortages than water users served by smaller water systems from streams, lakes and wells, all water users are encouraged to observe local water conservation bylaws to prolong water supplies. Water users are also encouraged to ensure that water intakes are screened to prevent fish from being pulled into water systems as water levels drop. Low water levels can impede the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations passage of salmon to spawning grounds, increase susceptibility to disease, or cause stranding or death due to low oxygen and high water temperatures. Level 4 drought conditions, the highest rating, are determined by factors including regional stream flows, water storage capacity, ecological concerns, weather forecasts and impacts on water users. Should conditions reach Level 4, provincial water managers may exercise their authority to temporarily suspend short-term water permits or industrial water licences in affected watersheds. Further reductions in stream, lake and aquifer levels could lead to water shortages and affect people, agriculture, industry and fish stocks. Ministry staff will continue to monitor conditions, work closely with local governments and key stakeholders, and provide updates as the need arises. Water conservation is everyone's responsibility. Many communities in B.C. are prepared to deal with water supply shortages and low streamflow conditions by drought management plans and water conservation programs that are already in place. Learn More: To see a map of the areas covered by the stream and river angling closures in the Okanagan visit:  https://www.flickr.com/gp/bcgovphotos/cK43Pi B.C. Drought Information: http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/ B.C. Drought Level Map: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/lowflow/droughtmap.htm B.C. Drought Response Plan (June 2015): http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/response.html What Can You Do?: http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/action.html Agriculture Drought Strategies: http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/emergency/Drought/Drought.htm Irrigation scheduling techniques and water conservation: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/business/natural-resource-industries/agriculture/agriculture-documents/resource-management/factsheets-and-publications/500-series/577100-1_irrigation_scheduling_techniques.pdf For assistance in developing an irrigation schedule: http://ag-calc.irrigationbc.com/ Stream flow and precipitation conditions in B.C. are monitored by the River Forecast Centre • Low streamflow bulletins and advisories: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/lowflow/index.htm • Current water supply bulletin: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/bulletins/watersupply/current.htm Groundwater levels in provincial observation wells: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wsd/data_searches/obswell/map/obsWells.html Environment Canada Water Conservation: http://www.ec.gc.ca/water/en/manage/effic/e_weff.htm Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect Greig Bethel Media Relations Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations 250.356.5261 for Background information.    
  • 24 June 2015
    Cactus Kids Day Camp Registration 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 2, 2015 and runs till August 21, 2015.   Registration Days will be held: Location:     Sonora Community Centre Date:          June 24 and 25, 2015 Time:          2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Registration will not be accepted before the Registration Days. Registrations will be accepted after June 25 at the Cactus Centre. Please bring child’s birth certificate to register. Full day and half day options available! Special rates for 2 or more siblings registering at the same time! It is strongly recommended that participants wear hats, sunscreen and bring water! Information Brochure - CLICK HERE Registration Form - CLICK HERE Don't miss out on the action this summer! Visitors are welcomed!                                                           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  
  • 19 June 2015
    NOTICE OF WATERING RESTRICTIONS EFFECTIVE JUNE 19, 2015 Water Conservation and Staged Restriction Bylaw No. 1273 Public Notice is hereby given that based on June 1, 2015 Osoyoos Town Council Resolution #85/15 Town Council has passed a motion to implement Level #2 of the Water Conservation Bylaw No. 1273 effective at midnight Friday, June 19, 2015 until further notice. Click Here to review the entire Water Conservation Bylaw No. 1273  This will result in limits to watering of lawns to two identified days a week and other water restrictions.  Council feels that it is important that Osoyoos residents work with other communities to conserve water and work to improve the health of our water supply system. Detailed information on the restrictions that are being implemented is listed below. This Bylaw pertains to properties within the Town of Osoyoos boundaries and DOES NOT affect Rural Water Systems 8 and 9. As per section 3, Stage 2 – TWICE A WEEK WATERING: If the CAO gives notice that a reduction in water use is necessary requiring Stage 2 restrictions, the following shall apply: 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 Saturdays and Tuesdays Odd Numbered Addresses:   Watering is only permitted on Sundays and Wednesdays 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 11:00 AM and from 6:00 PM to 12:00 midnight on the days permitted by the sprinkling regulations as described above.  d) No use of water hoses is permitted for the purpose of washing boats or motor vehicles. e) No person shall use water to wash sidewalks, driveways or parking lots, or exterior building surfaces except and only if necessary for applying a product such as paint, preservative and stucco, preparing a surface prior to paving or repointing bricks, or if required by law to comply with health or safety regulations. f) Notwithstanding the above, the following are exempt from Stage 2 restrictions: i) Watering of public sports playing fields, turf farms if failure to do so will result in permanent loss of plant material; ii) Tee-off areas and putting greens of golf courses; iii) 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; iv) Commercial car washes so long as each vehicle wash does not exceed 57 L of water. v) Under authority of permit issued under this bylaw.  g) As a further exemption to the Stage 2 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 9 hours per day. Town of Osoyoos Council looks to all residents cooperating and following the restrictions that have been put into action through the implementation of Bylaw No. 1273.  If you have any questions please call 250.495.6515 or 250.495.6213.  Water Conservation Tips     Barry Romanko, CLGM Chief Administrative Officer Town of Osoyoos Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos BC   V0H 1V0 (T)   250.495.6515 (E)   info@osoyoos.ca
  • 19 June 2015
    2015 Summer Leisure Guide and Registration Now Available Find out what’s happening this summer at the Sonora Community Centre! The 2015 Summer Leisure Guide is jammed packed with FUN activities for children and adults and is available at the Sonora Community Centre, Town Hall or click here to view it online. All programs are open to community members and visitors. Online registration is NOW available! Click Here Recreation Online Program Registration   For more information regarding the programs and services listed in the guide please contact: Sonora Community Centre 8505 68th Avenue Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)    250-495-6562 (F)    250-495-5136 (E)   recreation@osoyoos.ca

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