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  • 1 July 2018
    New Curbside Garbage and Recycling Calendar The  2018-2019 Curbside Garbage & Recycling Calendar has been sent to homeowners in the mail.  Paper copies are available at Town Hall and the Sonora Community Centre. The brochure can also be viewed online Garbage & Recycling Calendar  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
  • 24 May 2018
    PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE Replacement of Main Sewage Lift Station on May 24 The Town of Osoyoos Main Sanitary Lift Station is located at Legion Beach Park.  The existing facility has reached the end of its life and is scheduled to be replaced in 2019.  The Town has begun planning for the replacement facility.   A public open house has been scheduled for May 24, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, at the Sonora Community Center in Room #1. Town staff and the design consultants will be in attendance to answer any questions and to hear any concerns you may have regarding the conceptual design.   For more information please check out www.osoyoos.ca or click here for the brochure.   If you are unable to attend the open house and wish to provide input, please do not hesitate to contact TRUE CONSULTING at 250-828-0881. Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 (T)       250.495.6515 (F)       250.495.2400 (E)       info@osoyoos.ca
  • 22 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 16 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 22, 2018 Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release Updates of Evacuation Alerts and Orders   The Town of Osoyoos is actively working on a plan to get residents who were evacuated during the recent flooding of Osoyoos Lake, back into their homes.  Residents are asked to remain patient as this process continues.   Solana Key   The water has been successfully removed from this road through Gabion Baskets and pumps.  Crews are now cleaning up the area and a rapid damage assessment crew will be heading out to these properties to assess them for damage and clear them for occupancy.  Please be patient during this time and only allow staff carrying proper credentials into your home.  These properties remain on Evacuation Order until cleared by Town officials. Please feel free to contact the Town Office at 250-495-6515 if in doubt about the credentials.  It is hoped that this order will be removed before the end of this week.  Fortis Gas will be working with the Town to assess the safety of turning gas back on to these properties as well.   Harbour Key and 5805, 5809, 5810, and 5812 Cottonwood   This street remains flooded and will not be assessed for re-entry of all residents until the water recedes (with the exception of two properties*).  Residents are being advised they are still under Evacuation Order and if they have chosen to remain in their homes they must not use their sewer services.  Some residents in the area have been experiencing sewer backup in their homes due to use of the system by their neighbours.  Please be respectful of your neighbours and discontinue use. The Town will be looking at enforcement measures if residents continue to use the sewer system.   *Two properties on Harbour Key that are no longer affected by the road flooding or sewer shut off will be assessed in the next day or two.  These residents will be notified by Town crews and Fortis Gas of inspections.   6404 Cottonwood and 7702 Main Street   These properties remain under Evacuation Order until further notice.   Kingfisher Drive   The one property on Kingfisher remains on Evacuation Order until further notice.   Paradise Park – 5901 Main Street   The 69 units at Paradise Park remain on Evacuation Order until further notice.   Town Infrastructure   The Town will be removing some of the sandbags located on top of manhole covers on Lakeshore Drive in the next couple days.  These were placed to protect the infrastructure along that road and with the Tiger Dams and Gabion Baskets in place they are no longer at risk.  This should not be taken as an indication that all sandbags can be removed.   The public is advised to LEAVE THEIR SANDBAGS IN PLACE.  All sandbags should remain in place until further notice.  There is still a potential that the Lake may increase and until that threat is over all remedial action taken to protect your properties should remain.   All Evacuation Alerts remain in place until further notice.   For more information: Website: www.Osoyoos.ca For immediate inquiries call the RDOS EOC (250) 490-4225   Janette Van Vianen, Emergency Program Coordinator ####
  • 22 May 2018
    Next Town Council to be held on May 22, 2018 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 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
  • 18 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 15 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 17, 2018 Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release Evacuation Alerts issued for three locations in the Town of Osoyoos   The Town of Osoyoos has issued an Evacuation Alert due to the threat of flooding within the Town of Osoyoos because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage, the Town of Osoyoos has issued an Evacuation Alert for the following properties, in addition to properties previously placed on alert:   Addresses:  3 Maps accompany this Evacuation Alert Units 29 – 42 at 7800 COTTONWOOD DR 9402 SPARTAN DR 6811 COTTONWOOD DR 9403 SPARTAN DR 2 CRAB APPLE CRT 9404 SPARTAN DR 6 CRAB APPLE CRT 9405 SPARTAN DR 10 CRAB APPLE CRT 9406 SPARTAN DR 3814 LAKESHORE DR 9407 SPARTAN DR 3818 LAKESHORE DR 9409 SPARTAN DR 3820 LAKESHORE DR 9411 SPARTAN DR 9203 SPARTAN DR 9413 SPARTAN DR 9204 SPARTAN DR 9415 SPARTAN DR 9207 SPARTAN DR 9419 SPARTAN DR 9211 SPARTAN DR     In the event that the situation deteriorates, residents will be given as much notice as possible via an advance Evacuation Alert which may be followed by an Evacuation Order. Once evacuated, residents should leave the evacuated area immediately and register at the reception centre identified.   For more information: Website: www.Osoyoos.ca For immediate inquiries call the RDOS EOC (250) 490-4225   Janette Van Vianen, Emergency Program Coordinator #### WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN EVACUATION ALERT IS IN EFFECT   Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by: Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a Reception Centre outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated. Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure. Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children. Moving pets and livestock to a safe area. Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 250-490-4225. Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required. Maps Below  
  • 16 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 14 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 16, 2018 Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release Public Information Meeting Follow Up   The Town of Osoyoos held a public information meeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 to update residents on the flooding event.   Representatives from various agencies including Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD), Water Stewardship; International Joint Commission, Disaster Financial Assistance, along with Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) and Town of Osoyoos attended the meeting.   The Town of Osoyoos and RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) would like to thank everyone who attended the meeting at the Sonora Community Centre.   Barry Romanko, CAO for the Town of Osoyoos provided and update on the Town’s infrastructure.  Currently, the Town’s sewer system is manageable however residents are asked to reduce sewer disposal from their residences by reducing amount of laundry, taking shorter showers, flush less, and above all do not pump water into the sewer system.    Brian Symonds from the International Joint Commission provided a power point presentation showing how the levels and flows of the Similkameen River affect Osoyoos Lake.  Zosel Dam in Oroville has been wide open since March 28 when the lake level was 910.5.  When the flows of the Similkameen River increase it creates a backflow effect and it starts to back up into Osoyoos Lake.  There is no controls able to stop this from happening.  He estimates Osoyoos Lake could potentially rise to the 917 foot level or more before it peaks.   Shaun Reimer from Water Stewardship Branch at FLNRO, provided information regarding the flows from Okanagan River into Osoyoos Lake.  The water is being held back at Okanagan Lake to 40 cubic metres per second.  The last control area is at Okanagan Falls.  After that the river is being fed from tributaries between Okanagan Falls and Osoyoos which is causing the Okanagan River to run at 100 cubic metres per second at Oliver.   KEY INFORMATION   How do people determine who to speak to with various questions on flooding?   The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), is your primary source for the most up-to-date information for current Evacuation Alerts and Evacuation Orders, and for where Emergency Support Services are available.   EOC Phone: 250-490-4225   |   Website: www.rdos.bc.ca   Town of Osoyoos Phone: 250-495-6515   |   Website www.osoyoos.ca   The Town of Osoyoos and RDOS would like to thank the media for assisting in keeping residents informed of current situations as they develop.   Garbage Collection   The Town of Osoyoos had a special garbage collection for residents under Evacuation Order, on May, 16, 2018 at 10:00 am.   Properties under Evacuation Order should not have residents present, and therefore no additional garbage collection should be required for now. Residents who missed the special garbage collection can dispose of garbage for no fee upon proof of residential address.   Residents are permitted to dispose of debris collected from flood areas, at the landfill and the Town will waive the tipping fees.  This is for lake debris only, and not for flood materials from homes which will be charged the demolition rate.   Disaster Financial Assistance for Strata buildings   Strata Corporations can apply for DFA for common areas such as retaining walls and other outside infrastructure.  Individual unit owners must apply on their own for DFA for damages to their units.   Is there information on who might see flooding if Lake reaches 917 feet or higher?   The EOC is working on inundation plans for over 916 feet.  Staff are working on lists of properties that may be affected and will be contacting those property owners directly with Evacuation Alerts if needed.    Is the water safe to drink?   Yes the Water is safe to drink in the Town of Osoyoos however those properties in Water Districts #8 and #9 remain on boil water advisories.   Other information The highest level recorded on Osoyoos Lake was 918.84 ft (1894)  During freshet, the Similkameen River is a “big driver” of water flows into Osoyoos Lake  Weather and precipitation will control how high Okanagan Lake rises  Lake levels are complex and dynamic and can be challenging to predict  Every flooding event is reviewed by all levels of government and other agencies in an effort to mitigate damage to infrastructure, and to protect lives.  Information about disposal of sandbags after the flooding event will be posted online www.rdos.bc.ca | www.osoyoos.ca   Residents are asked not to dispose of sand or sandbags in any water bodies or on the shore What is the best source of information? RDOS EOC: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/active-eoc-information/ Please follow RDOS EOC on social media and watch your local media for updates: Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmergMgtRDOS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RegionalDistrictOfOkanaganSimilkameen/   PREPARE NOW “Don’t think it’s not going to happen to you.” –Don Dobson   RDOS FLOOD INFORMATION http://www.rdosmaps.bc.ca/min_bylaws/NewAndEvents/Press_Releases/2018/03Mar/RDOS_Flood_Information.pdf   BEFORE A FLOOD Know if you live in a flood-risk area. Prepare emergency kits for your home and car. Have an emergency plan that every household member knows. Keep important documents in watertight containers. Reach out to family and neighbours. Ensure your car has a full tank of gas. Have a plan in place in case you need to move pets and livestock. Keep an eye on the River Forecast Centre for river level and snow pack information. Watch for warning signs: increase in height and intensity of water flows, mudslides, debris in creeks, colour changes in water or leaning trees. FLOOD-PROOF YOUR HOME Seek necessary permission if you intend to work near a watercourse. Contact FrontCounterBC Assess any local drainage issues or suspected blocked culverts near highways. Contact Ministry of Transportation or in an Emergency Argo Road Maintenance at 1-250-493-6969. Build sandbag dikes — dig a trench one sack deep and two sacks wide, laying sacs in alternating crisscross directions. Information: Emergency Management BC Sandbagging General Information. Sandbagging for Flood Protection Sandbagging Techniques Move appliances above anticipated flood level. Secure and anchor propane tanks. Stabilize your oil tank and weigh it down with sandbags. Turn off utilities at main switches or valves and unplug electrical items. Information: FortisBC Shut off the gas valve at the meter. Move pesticides, weed killers, fertilizers and anything else that may contaminate water to a higher level. Plug all basement sewer connections; plug toilet, sink and shower drains. Mark Woods                                                     Janette Van Vianen Emergency Operations Center                           Town of Osoyoos, Emergency Program Coordinator RDOS EOC Ph: 250-490-4225   Media enquiries are to be directed to the RDOS EOC
  • 16 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 13 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 15, 2018 Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release Town of Osoyoos Infrastructure   All essential community infrastructure related to water and sewer has been secured. Our focus has been on the sewer system and effects of additional water entering the system (the Town has sewer systems in Town and in Area “A” known as the Northwest Sector Sewer system). There is still additional water entering into our sewer system from flooded basements and sump pumps pumping water into the system. This action causes our pumping system to over work which may lead to pump failure. In the event of pump failure we may be forced to plug off sewer system based on an area plan, which may result in some areas losing sewer services. This action has already been initiated in the evacuated areas. The other critical area for consideration is the lagoon storage capacities for our recycled water. At peak flood levels we were experiencing capacity issues at the golf course lagoon storage. This situation was managed and we have implemented strategies to address this issue through additional drawdowns of our storage lagoons. These strategies include: Placing recycled waters into our empty cell #3 which was under repair; Increasing our flows to additional blow off areas; The golf course will assist with additional watering; Additional water of our park properties. Our ability to store our recycled water affects the entire community. If we have issues with storage we will be implementing a wider community sewer closure in areas of high volume. To avoid this issue we ask that all residents consider decreasing their use of sewer system. We are currently seeking out vacant property owners in flooded areas to assess their impacts on the system. In summary we ask all residents for cooperation in the following practices: Ensure that basement floor drains in current projected areas of flooding are covered to prevent additional water into the sewer system; Disconnect all sump pumps that are connected to the Town sewer system immediately; On a community wide basis, take actions to minimize the unnecessary use of the sewer system; Stay away from shoreline parks; Stay away from all areas of the marina as they are closed; Minimize travel into affected areas as people are working and we don’t need additional vehicle travel; Secure your docks and take responsibility for them if they do float away; If you do gain access to the lake, slow travel is recommended to avoid flooding and shoreline erosion Respect flaggers and detour routes that have been established; If you are aware of people who may be having difficulty let the town office know and we will attempt to action support.   The Town is extremely grateful for the excellent volunteer work and contributions that enable our sand bagging and community neighbour support efforts to be so successful.   For more information:   Website: www.osoyoos.ca For immediate inquiries call the RDOS EOC (250) 490-4225   Janette Van Vianen, Emergency Program Coordinator ####  
  • 15 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 12 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 15, 2018 Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release No Charge at Osoyoos Landfill for Flood Debris   Effective immediately and until the June 15 the Town of Osoyoos will be accepting shoreline flood debris from Osoyoos Lake at no charge at the Osoyoos Landfill.   We ask that you identify the location of the debris with the Landfill Scale Clerk: RDOS Area “A” Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) Town Address/Area Landfill Hours of Operation   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   *CLOSED Monday and Sunday   For more information:   Website: www.osoyoos.ca For immediate inquiries call the RDOS EOC (250) 490-4225   Janette Van Vianen, Emergency Program Coordinator ####  
  • 15 May 2018
    PRESS RELEASE Tourism in Osoyoos over May Long Weekend! May 14, 2018 Destination Osoyoos For Immediate Release Due to warm temperatures and an increased snowpack, the combined conditions have contributed to high water and flooding in the South Okanagan, Similkameen, and Boundary areas. The Similkameen River has pushed additional water back into Osoyoos Lake and this has resulted in localized flooding in some locations, including the town of Osoyoos. As a result, 53 properties and 2 lakefront hotels have been evacuated as well as 17 properties in rural Electoral Area 'A.'   However, most of the community of Osoyoos and surrounding area remains unaffected, is open for business, and looking forward to exceptional weather for the coming May long weekend. Travelers are invited to check out everything the town has to offer beyond lake activities, including numerous wineries, interpretative and culture centres, golf courses, and the upcoming Osoyoos Medieval Faire. Hotels, Resorts, Bed & Breakfasts, Campgrounds, the unique shops along Main Street, and a wide variety of restaurants are unaffected and ready to greet this season's tourists.   In an effort to decrease damage and in the interest of public safety, sẁiẁs Park (Haynes Point), Paradise Park, and the area marinas are currently closed. Both residents and visitors are encouraged to limit activities on the lake to paddle boarding and kayaking and to avoid impacted areas.   The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) in conjunction with the Province of British Columbia, have been distributing sandbags and BC Wildfire crews have been working incredibly hard to protect critical infrastructure through sandbag walls and tiger dams. A public information meeting will be held at Osoyoos Sonora Centre at 6.30pm on Tuesday, May 15, with officials from the Town of Osoyoos, Province of BC, and RDOS.  Updated information regarding the current water levels, orders, alerts, and emergency resources can be found at http://www.rdos.bc.ca/home/.   All routes into Osoyoos are open, including Highway 3 in both directions; travelers are encouraged to check Drive BC/Major Events as conditions can change without notice.    Destination Osoyoos is one of British Columbia’s dynamic destination marketing organizations with a commitment of delivering Canada’s Warmest Welcome and in becoming an all-season destination of choice for individual and corporate visitations and relocations. Please visit us at destinationosoyoos.com for more information. Don't forget to tag us online @OsoyoosBC on Twitter and Instagram, and @DestinationOsoyoos on Facebook!    Destination Osoyoos 9912 BC-3, PO Box 500 Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0 P: 250.495.5070   TF: 1.888.676.9667 www.destinationosoyoos.com
  • 14 May 2018
    Town's Age Friendly Consultation Process Begins May 28 In the process to become an Age Friendly Community, the Town of Osoyoos has retained Cardea Health Consulting to carry out a process to complete an Age-Friendly Assessment. During the week of May 28th, older adults, caregivers, stakeholders and community members can share their views via group consultations throughout the Town (e.g.  focus groups, one to one interviews). Focus groups are designed to bring people together in a participatory way.  Interested stakeholders can also complete a brief survey (for older adults and caregivers) posted at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OsoyoosAF2018. Click here for more information about the consultation process. Click here for more information about the Age-Friendly Communities Initiative. The following points may be useful: The process only pertains to the services that the Town has a responsibility to provide. So, the Town cannot, for instance, build a new highway route or build new housing for older people. It can only contribute to planning for these things.   The Town is interested in everything that an interested stakeholder has to say, good and bad. In this regard, please encourage all older persons or caregivers to participate in the consultation process. Any process queries or RSVPs to focus groups should be forwarded to:     Gerald Davis Director of Community Services (T)  250.495.6562 (E) gdavis@osoyoos.ca
  • 12 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 11 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 12, 2018 @ 1:00pm (Posted May 14@ 9:45am) RDOS For Immediate Release EOC Update: More Flooding likely in Similkameen River and Osoyoos Lake   The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is preparing for high water levels in the Similkameen River and Osoyoos Lake later this week. Warm temperatures and a high snow pack will lead to rising water which is expected from today with an estimated peak Friday.   The Similkameen River collects water from as far away as Manning Park and the Coquihalla Highway. Melt water from these mountains is predicted to rise with warm weather forecasted. The Similkameen River, and its tributaries such as the Tulameen River, have already created problems including the closure of Highway 3 and evacuation of homes.   The Similkameen River enters the Okanagan Valley just below Osoyoos Lake. It is expected to flow high enough to push as much as several feet of additional water back into Osoyoos Lake. Osoyoos Lake is already flooding with 53 properties and one lakefront hotel in Osoyoos and 17 properties in rural Electoral Area ‘A’ evacuated as of today.   RDOS Response   Since late March, the RDOS and local residents have been dealing with localized flooding and landslides. The snow pack within the RDOS has been estimated at 150% of normal. All rural Electoral Areas and several RDOS municipalities are under States of Local Emergency.   Already the RDOS, working with the Province of BC, has distributed 1 million sandbags. Dozens of locations of free sand and sandbags have been set up and maintained for residents.   BC Wildfire crews have established kilometers of sandbag walls, tiger dams and rock gabions to protect critical infrastructure and, when the resources are available, private properties.   Currently the RDOS is planning for the additional water moving into local creeks, rivers and lakes this week. Evacuation plans, including providing accommodation for people evacuated, have been developed. A public information meeting will be held at the Osoyoos Sonora Centre at 6:30 on Tuesday May 15th with officials from the Town of Osoyoos, Province of BC and RDOS.   How Residents can Help Themselves   Sand and sandbag locations have been set up across the RDOS. Volunteers can help by filling sandbags for affected residents. Residents can contact the RDOS at 250-490-4225 to get sand and sandbag locations and ask for additional sand and sandbags at those locations.   In the event of an evacuation order, residents should prepare to quickly leave their homes by preparing a kit with valuable documents, medications, cell phone charges and clothing. Rural residents should be prepared to stay in place if roads are washed out and power is lost. The Province of BC has recommendations on how to prepare.   In the case of evacuations, check local media for information on Reception Centres. Even if affected residents do not require help or accommodations, registering at the Evacuation Centre allows people to know you are safe.   Current Evacuations Town of Osoyoos – 53 properties and 1 hotel evacuated Rural Osoyoos – 17 properties evacuated Tulameen (north west of Princeton, BC) – 15 properties evacuated Sportsmens Bowl Rd (north of Oliver, BC) – 17 properties evacuated Cawston – 1 property evacuated Green Mountain Road – 1 property evacuated Over 600 properties on Evacuation Alert For all other inquiries, please call the Emergency Operations Centre: 250-490-4225. For after-hours emergencies, please call the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.   For more information, go to: www.rdos.bc.ca, and on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RegionalDistrictOfOkanaganSimilkameen/   Director, RDOS Emergency Operations Centre ####  
  • 12 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 10 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 12, 2018 at 5:18pm Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release Public Information Meeting Osoyoos Public Info Meeting Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 6:30pm Sonora Community Centre The Town of Osoyoos, Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen, Emergency Operations Centre, along with representatives from the Province will be hosting an informational meeting regarding the flooding currently unfolding on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 pm at the Sonora Community Centre. This event is open to the public and media:   Flooding Public Information Meeting Date:              Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Time:              6:30PM Location:        Sonora Community Centre                        8505 68th Avenue, Osoyoos   Residents can expect to receive updates on the flooding, information on protection, information on the different support agencies such as Emergency Social Services (ESS), and Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) as well as information from other agencies. Mark Woods                                                     Janette Van Vianen Emergency Operations Center                           Town of Osoyoos, Emergency Program Coordinator RDOS EOC Ph: 250-490-4225  
  • 12 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 9 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 12, 2018 2:30 pm RDOS/Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release Agency Cooperation in Osoyoos Protecting Infrastructure Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates. Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI), the Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen (RDOS) and the Town of Osoyoos are working together to plan and prevent erosion and obstruction issues in roadways in the Osoyoos areas.   This inter-agency cooperation will be better able to project and plan for variables as situations change.   Non-residents are asked to stay away from evacuated areas around Osoyoos Lake. Traffic control will be set in place on Lakeshore Drive (45th Street) in Osoyoos to limit access to this area to only local residents.   For more information, refer to the Ministry of Transportation – 1-800-663-7623 http://www.drivebc.ca/mobile/pub/events/events.html   For all other inquiries, please call the Emergency Operations Centre: 250-490-4225. For after-hours emergencies, please call the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.   For more information, go to: www.rdos.bc.ca, and on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RegionalDistrictOfOkanaganSimilkameen/   Director, RDOS Emergency Operations Centre ####  
  • 11 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 8 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 11, 2018 @ 5:20 pm Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release Town of Osoyoos Evacuation Order expanded for Osoyoos Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates. Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels. An Evacuation Order has been expanded by the Town of Osoyoos for the following properties in Osoyoos.   EVACUATION ORDER ISSUED May 11, 2018 at 1300 Hours   Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act an Evacuation Order has been issued by The Town of Osoyoos due to immediate danger to life safety due to high water. Members of the local police department and other applicable agencies will be expediting this action.   The Evacuation Order is in effect for the following 30 addresses: 6          Solana Key Court 10        Solana Key Court 14        Solana Key Court 18        Solana Key Court 21        Solana Key Court 22        Solana Key Court 23        Solana Key Court 26        Solana Key Court 27        Solana Key Court 30        Solana Key Court   29        Harbour Key Drive 31        Harbour Key Drive 36        Harbour Key Drive 38        Harbour Key Drive 39        Harbour Key Drive 40        Harbour Key Drive 42        Harbour Key Drive 43        Harbour Key Drive 44        Harbour Key Drive 45        Harbour Key Drive 46        Harbour Key Drive 47        Harbour Key Drive 48        Harbour Key Drive 49        Harbour Key Drive   5805    Cottonwood Drive 5809    Cottonwood Drive 5810    Cottonwood Drive 5812    Cottonwood Drive 6404    Cottonwood Drive   8517    Kingfisher Drive An additional 23 properties on Harbour Key Drive and Solana Key Court as well as the Coast Hotel in Osoyoos that were evacuated yesterday (May 10th) remain on Evacuation Order.   Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act an Evacuation Order has been expanded for the Town of Osoyoos due to immediate danger to life and safety due to flooding and lake inundation from Lake Osoyoos. WHAT YOU SHOULD DO: You must leave the area immediately. Register at the ESS Reception Centre at the Sonora Community Centre, 8505 68th Street, Osoyoos or call 250-490-4225. Close all windows and doors. Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers. Close gates (latch) but do not lock. Gather your family: take a neighbour or someone who needs help. Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and Keys) only if they are immediately available.Take pets in pet kennels or on leash. YOU MUST LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY   For more information contact: Emergency Operations Centre: (250) 490-4225 For more information: Website: www.Osoyoos.ca   Janette Van Vianen, Emergency Program Coordinator  
  • 11 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 7 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 11, 2018 Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release OSOYOOS LAKE BOARD NEWS RELEASE - Osoyoos Lake Level Rising During Spring Snowmelt Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates. Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels.   In compliance with the terms of the International Joint Commission (IJC) water management Order for Osoyoos Lake implemented by the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control, the gates at Zosel Dam have been fully open since March 26 to allow for maximum outflow from Osoyoos Lake during melting of the snowpack in the Okanagan Basin.  As of May 1, the Okanagan Basin snowpack reached 206% percent of normal this Spring. Inflow to Osoyoos Lake from the Okanagan River is largely controlled by releases from Okanagan Lake Dam, which are anticipated to remain above normal due to high projected inflows to Okanagan Lake. Given current conditions, lake level is no longer controlled by Zosel Dam, but depends on both inflow to and outflow from Osoyoos Lake. At this point, a larger part of the lake level rise is attributable to a backwater effect from high flow on the Similkameen River, which restricts outflow from Osoyoos Lake.   The IJC Order mandates the range of allowable Osoyoos Lake water levels, which should be maintained when possible between 911 and 912 feet from May 1 to September 15. During normal conditions, Osoyoos Lake levels are regulated at Zosel Dam by the Washington State Department of Ecology, but during periods of high runoff the Order recognizes that lake levels will at times exceed this range, but directs that Zosel Dam operate to return to required levels as soon possible.   As with the Okanagan Basin, snowpack in the Similkameen Basin is also above normal this year. Flow on the Similkameen River is not regulated by a dam and can therefore increase rapidly in response to warming temperatures and rainfall events. Rapid melting of the Similkameen Basin’s snowpack during warm weather resulted in increased discharge of the Similkameen River in the fourth week of April, which reduced outflows from and increased the level of Osoyoos Lake. For reference, in Spring 2017, Osoyoos Lake level also exceeded mandated lake levels due to high rates of discharge and reached a maximum level of 914.87 feet on June 2, 2017. The lake level exceeded this elevation on May 9, 2018 and localized flooding of low elevation lakeshore areas is occurring. The maximum level of Osoyoos Lake recorded since regulation was 917.11 feet on June 2 and 3, 1972. The maximum water level that will be reached on Osoyoos Lake during the 2018 freshet is difficult to predict due to its dependence on changing weather conditions and resulting rates of snowmelt.   At this time, lake-shore residents, property owners and others who might typically be impacted by higher spring lake levels should take precautions to reduce the risk of impacts due to high water levels on Osoyoos Lake (contact local municipality, town hall, or regional district/country office for emergency preparedness information).  The Town of Osoyoos declared a local state of emergency on May 9.   The International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control will continue to monitor inflows to Osoyoos Lake and flows on the Similkameen River and ensure compliance of Zosel Dam operations with the IJC Order. Real-time lake levels are publicly available on the IOLBC’s website at http://www.ijc.org/en_/iolbc.   Contact: Bruno Tassone International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control Chair, Canadian Section 778-628-2306 btttassone@gmail.com Cindi Barton International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control Chair, U.S. Section 253-552-1602 cbarton@usgs.gov  
  • 11 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 6 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 11, 2018 Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release Town of Osoyoos Infrastructure Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates. Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels. The Town of Osoyoos has declared a State of Local Emergency due to the imminent threat of flooding and rising Osoyoos Lake levels which may threaten properties and Town infrastructure. The Town is directing the following actions: Harbour Key is closed to public traffic. Unnecessary vehicle traffic entering Lakeshore Drive is restricted as the area is being identified as local traffic only. Sand pick up access is from Cottonwood Drive only as the Harbour Key access is only for trucks bringing sand and sand bags. Spartan Drive is closed at the marina. The Town of Osoyoos thanks all the volunteers who are assisting with sand bagging and helping out in all other areas. A thank you also to the businesses that are helping with food for the volunteers. Barry Romanko CAO For more information: Website: www.osoyoos.ca For immediate inquiries call the Town of Osoyoos 250-495-6515 Janette Van Vianen, Emergency Program Coordinator ####
  • 11 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 5 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 10, 2018 Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release Town of Osoyoos – SUMP PUMPS Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates. Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels. The Town of Osoyoos has declared a State of Local Emergency due to the imminent threat of flooding and rising Lake levels which may threaten properties and Town infrastructure. The Town of Osoyoos is ordering that the act of directing basement flood or ground water directly into the Towns sewer system, through the use of sump pumps or other infrastructure, stop immediately. The Town is also ordering that all homes or businesses with basement flood water cover their floor drains and use other methods of draining their flood water outside the home. The act of causing this water to enter the sewer system in current conditions is causing pump infrastructure to function beyond capacity, which may result in a breakdown of the Town sewer management system. Persons found to be continuing with the practise of directing basement and ground water into the Town sewer structure may be subject to penalty.   Barry Romanko CAO   For more information:   Website: www.osoyoos.ca For immediate inquiries call the Town of Osoyoos 250-495-6515   Janette Van Vianen, Emergency Program Coordinator   ####
  • 10 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 4 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 10, 2018 Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release Town of Osoyoos Evacuation Order Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates. Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels. An Evacuation Order has been issued by the Town of Osoyoos and Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen at the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act an Evacuation Order has been issued by the Town of Osoyoos and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen due to immediate danger to life and safety due to flooding and lake inundation in the Solana and Harbour Key areas. The Evacuation Order is in effect for the following addresses: 33      Solana Key Court 34      Solana Key Court 38      Solana Key Court 39      Solana Key Court 42      Solana Key Court 46      Solana Key Court 50      Harbour Key Drive 51      Harbour Key Drive 52      Harbour Key Drive 53      Harbour Key Drive 54      Harbour Key Drive 55      Harbour Key Drive 56      Harbour Key Drive 57      Harbour Key Drive 59      Harbour Key Drive 61      Harbour Key Drive 63      Harbour Key Drive 65      Harbour Key Drive 67      Harbour Key Drive 69      Harbour Key Drive 71      Harbour Key Drive 73      Harbour Key Drive 75      Harbour Key Drive   Evacuation Order.  Once evacuated, residents should leave the evacuated area immediately and register at the reception centre identified. WHAT YOU SHOULD DO: You must leave the area immediately  Register with Emergency Support Services by calling: 250-486-1890  If you need transportation assistance from the area please advise the individual providing this notice or call 250-490-4225  Close all windows and doors  Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers  Close gates (latch) but do not lock  Gather your family: take a neighbour or someone who needs help  Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and Keys) only if they are immediately available.Take pets in pet kennels or on leash  Do not use more vehicles then you have to  Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service. YOU MUST LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY   Website: www.osoyoos.ca For immediate inquiries call the RDOS EOC (250) 490-4225   Janette Van Vianen, Emergency Program Coordinator   ####
  • 9 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 3 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 9, 2018 Town of Osoyoos For Immediate Release Declaration of State of Local Emergency for Town of Osoyoos Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates. Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels. The Town of Osoyoos has declared a State of Local Emergency today, due to the imminent threat of flooding and rising Lake levels which may threaten properties and Town infrastructure. Osoyoos Lake is experiencing higher than normal levels and asks residents to be prepared for armouring lakeside properties. Wind or wave action can increase the need for higher sandbagging or protection. High groundwater saturation levels are also a concern, and some property’s basements may become susceptible to flooding. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen declared a State of Local Emergency for Electoral Area “A”, rural Osoyoos as high flows in the Similkameen River is causing flooding, bank erosion and overland flooding. What does a Declaration of State of Local Emergency (SOLE) mean? Declaring a state of local emergency enables local authorities (Regional Districts, municipalities) in the Province of British Columbia to utilize the emergency powers listed in the Emergency Program Act. The emergency powers are used by the local authority to order the evacuation of residents from their homes, prohibit travel and enter private property when an emergency threatens lives, property or the environment within the local authority’s jurisdiction. In the event that the situation deteriorates, residents will be given as much notice as possible via an advance Evacuation Alert which may be followed by an Evacuation Order. Once evacuated, residents should leave the evacuated area immediately and register at the reception centre identified. For more information: Website: www.osoyoos.ca For immediate inquiries call the RDOS EOC (250) 490-4225 Janette Van Vianen, Emergency Program Coordinator #### WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN EVACUATION ALERT IS IN EFFECT Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by: Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a Reception Centre outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated. Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure. Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children. Moving pets and livestock to a safe area. Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 250-490-4225. Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required. Osoyoos Lake (Cottonwood Beach)  
  • 9 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 2 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 09, 2018 For Immediate Release Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates. Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels. The Town of Osoyoos and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Area “A” are warning property owners along Osoyoos Lake that due to heavy rains, thunderstorms, warm weather and snow melt, the levels of Osoyoos Lake could potentially reach 916 feet or higher.  Last year the level peaked at 914.88 feet. The lake is rising rapidly and all agencies are actively assessing the situations and should conditions deteriorate, each local government will put Evacuation Alerts in place for their affected residents. Information on how residents should prepare themselves is listed below. If the situation deteriorates, strategic Evacuation Orders may be implemented. All affected residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to road closures or evacuation orders. However, situations may dictate that residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. It is important to be proactive, assess your property for potential flooding or damage, and make mitigation efforts. Sand and sandbags are available at the following locations: •    Highway 3 across from the Osoyoos Dairy Queen - 5914 Main St, Osoyoos •    The Boat Trailer Parking lot located at  Highway 3 - 6901 Main St, Osoyoos •    91st street at Highway 97 (bottom of graveyard hill) WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN A PRECAUTIONARY ALERT OR EVACUATION ALERT IS IN EFFECT Upon notification of an EVACUATION ALERT, residents should be prepared for immediate evacuation by: Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting place outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated; Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), cell phone charges and immediate care needs for dependents and, if chosen, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure; Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children; Moving pets and livestock to a safe area; Arranging to transport household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. Affected residents needing transportation assistance from the area can call the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225; Arranging accommodation for family members if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required. Contact 250-490-4225 for information; Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centre Please check in with neighbours to see if they require assistance in filling sandbags.  There have been several requests for volunteers to help with sandbags by individual property owners.  Volunteers wishing to help can contact the Town of Osoyoos office at 250-495-6515 or the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225. Check in with neighbours and make children aware of the potential hazard of being close to creeks with high or fast flowing water.  Keep pets away from fast moving water More information can be found on the Town of Osoyoos website at www.osoyoos.ca or Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) website at www.rdos.bc.ca. Mark Woods                                      Janette Van Vianen Emergency Operations Center         Town of Osoyoos, Emergency Program Coordinator RDOS EOC Ph: 250-490-4225 Media enquiries are to be directed to the RDOS EOC.                                              
  • 8 May 2018
    BULLETIN # 1 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness May 7, 2018 For Immediate Release Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates. Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels. Osoyoos and Electoral Area “A” residents should be aware that Osoyoos Lake is expected to continually rise over the next several days.  This is a result of the higher than normal snowpack in upper elevation mountains starting to melt with the warmer temperatures.  Water Stewardship is monitoring flows from the Okanagan River; however, there are still tributaries that are feeding into the Okanagan River past the drop structures that cannot be controlled. The Similkameen River is rapidly rising and emergency officials are monitoring the effects it may have on Osoyoos Lake in the future.  It is dependent upon the rate of snow melt in the upper elevations and the amount of rain received during the freshet. All residents and businesses around Osoyoos Lake in low level areas should be sandbagging immediately.   Sand and sandbags are available at the following locations: •    Highway 3 across from the Osoyoos Dairy Queen - 5914 Main St, Osoyoos •    The Boat Trailer Parking lot located at  Highway 3 - 6901 Main St, Osoyoos •    91st street at Highway 97 (bottom of graveyard hill) Please check in with neighbours to see if they require assistance in filling sandbags.  There have been several requests for volunteers to help with sandbags by individual property owners.  Volunteers wishing to help can contact the Town of Osoyoos office at 250-495-6515 or the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225. Check in with neighbours and make children aware of the potential hazard of being close to creeks with high or fast flowing water.  Keep pets away from fast moving water The Town of Osoyoos will be closing all town boat launches and the Marina by Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  All watercraft are requested to stay ashore or be respectful regarding the wave action on shoreline properties.  Boaters are also cautioned that there is minimal clearance under the bridge and strong undercurrents.  Travel under the bridge should be avoided or must be done using extreme caution.   More information can be found on the Town of Osoyoos website at www.osoyoos.ca or Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) website at www.rdos.bc.ca. Mark Woods                                      Janette Van Vianen Emergency Operations Center         Town of Osoyoos, Emergency Program Coordinator RDOS EOC Ph: 250-490-4225 Media enquiries are to be directed to the RDOS EOC.                                              
  • 7 May 2018
    Notice of Amendment - Council Procedure Bylaw 1271 Pursuant to Section 124 of the Community Charter, notice is hereby given that Council will be considering amending Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1271, 2010 by giving readings to Council Procedure Amendment Bylaw No. 1271.02, 2018 at its Regular Open meeting of Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM. This bylaw will amend Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1271, 2010 as follows: • By changing the first regular meeting following a general local election to be held on the first Monday in November rather than the first Monday in December. • By adding council protocol section to include:  Council to comply with Council Protocol and Records Management Policy  Council to comply with Respect in the Workplace Policy A copy of both this bylaw and accompanying staff reports can be viewed at the Town office between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday or on the Town of Osoyoos (www.osoyoos.ca) website. Janette Van Vianen, CMC Director of Corporate Services 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 250.495.6515 info@osoyoos.ca
  • 1 May 2018
    Osoyoos Firehall Receives Canadian Wood Council Award Woodworks (Program of the Canadian Wood Council) Community Recognition Merit Award presented to the Town of Osoyoos for its support of the BC Wood Industry and its commitment to use wood in the Osoyoos Firehall. Mayor Sue McKortoff was presented the award at the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) Annual Convention held in Revelstoke  BC from April 24-27, 2018.    
  • 1 May 2018
    SUMMER HOURS Osoyoos & District Sanitary Landfill 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 changed on May 1, 2017 to $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, 2017. 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 May 2018
    "Normal" Water Restrictions for Town and Rural Water Districts 8 & 9 Schedule "A" Water Conservation and Staged Restriction Bylaw No. 1273 (Town) Schedule "F" Osoyoos Water District Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1241 (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 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   

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