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  • 15 October 2020
    Summer Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms​ Washroom Season May 1 – October 15 PLEASE NOTE THE DESERT SUNRISE MARINA WASHROOM WILL BE OPEN FROM 4:00AM TO 10:00PM (Daily) DURING SALMON FISHING SEASON. The summer washroom hours of operations are open daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM for the following Parks: Cottonwood Park | Goodman Park | Gyro Park | Kinsmen Park | Legion Beach | Lions Park | Pioneer Walkway Park Desert Sunrise Marina    If you have information about crimes to Town facilities you can provide an anonymous TIP by calling the Crime Stoppers 24/7 tip line at 1-800-222-8477.  CLICK HERE for more information on the Town’s Parks and Recreational facilities.   
  • 13 October 2020
    RESCHEDULED Large (Bulky) Items Curbside Garbage Collection The large item Curbside pickup that was scheduled to occur on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 has been RESCHEDULED by Waste Connections of Canada with the support of the Town of Osoyoos.  NEW PICK UP DATE IS OCTOBER 13, 2020 On Tuesday, October 13, 2020 residents with curbside pick-up can put out a maximum of two (2) large items per household. Common household items include furniture, large appliances and mattresses. MAX WEIGHT: 90 kg / 200 lbs per item. NO electronics (TVs, computers, etc) will be collected - return these items to the Osoyoos Bottle Depot. NO renovation waste - including toilets, bathtubs, plumbing, carpet* NO appliances with FREON - fridges, air conditioners or freezers* NO gas powered motors - lawn mowers, weed eaters, etc.* Place your items out by 7:00am on Tuesday, October 13. Please note pick up may occur over a span of a couple of days depending on volume.   For more information please refer to the Town’s website or call your service provider, Waste Connections of Canada at 250.498.4888. Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.6515 (E)
  • 1 October 2020
    NOTICE 2021 Property Tax Exemptions Please take notice that the Council of the Town of Osoyoos proposes to adopt Year 2021 Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 1366, 2020 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: Jim Zakall Director of Finance/Deputy CAO Box 3010 | 8707 Main Street | Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (E)  
  • 30 September 2020
    Sonora Community Centre Re-opening September 21, 2020 We are pleased to announce that the Sonora Community Centre will be reopening on Monday September 21! To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff the following procedures, protocols and guidelines will be in place: All patrons must use the entrance on the east side of the building (door beside the Osoyoos Elementary School basketball courts). You will not be permitted access from the front door by the library. Everyone entering the building will be required to complete a screening form and sign an informed consent form each time they enter the building. Anyone who is showing signs or under the investigation of a respiratory illness, has been outside of the country in the previous 14 days or has been in close contact with someone who has or is under the investigation of a respiratory illness will not be permitted to enter the building. The doors to the Sonora Community Centre will remained locked. Users must book a time to use the facility or make an appointment to see the staff at the Sonora Community Centre. Users will be allowed into the facility no more than 15 minutes prior to their booked time and are asked to exit the building promptly after your booked time. Those wishing to use the weight room must book their workout time in advance. Users may book no more than 1 hour of time and must have a current 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or annual pass for the Sonora Community Centre. Weight room users must come already dressed to workout. Staff will begin taking bookings for pickleball courts Thursday September 17th, 2020. Change rooms and showers will not be available. Fitness classes will be available starting in October. Registration will be required and will start September 23. Pickleball courts will be available to book for 1 hour time slots. Users must book a full court (4 players) and all players must have a current 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or annual pass for the Sonora Community Centre. Courts may not be booked more than two weeks in advance. Players must bring their own equipment. Paddles and balls will not be provided. Staff will begin taking bookings for pickleball courts Thursday September 17th, 2020. Facility users will be encouraged to wear masks in the hallway, wash/sanitize their hands before and after accessing the building and must follow physical distancing guidelines.   Everyone that had a current membership when the centre was shut down March 17, 2020 will have their membership extended to make up for the time that was lost. 10 punch pass holders with passes remaining will be grandfathered in until their passes are used at which time they will be required to switch to a 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or annual pass. For more information regarding the re-opening of the Sonora Community Centre call: Community Services Department (T)  250.495.6562 (E)   
  • 30 September 2020
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  • 30 September 2020
    2020 Property Tax Payments are Due on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Click here for more information on how to pay your property taxes. 2020 Property Tax Due Date WEDNESDAY, September 30, 2020 Property Tax Notices will be mailed the end of May 2020 and payments are to be received by Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 4:30 pm. Property Tax Information Brochure  Town of Osoyoos Tax Calculations   Unpaid 2020 taxes (including unclaimed Home Owner Grants) are subject to a 5% late payment penalty. This 5% penalty will be applied to current outstanding taxes after 4:30 pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. An additional 5% penalty will be applied to current outstanding taxes on December 31, 2020. PAYMENT OPTIONS Due to COVID-19 Town Offices remain CLOSED. A variety of payment methods are available to pay your Property Taxes: Mail a Cheque - Box 3010, Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0 Drop off your payment in the mail slot (left hand side of door) at Town Office located at 8707 Main Street.  E-Transfer NEW Credit Card Online - CLICK HERE  Local Financial Institution Telephone/Internet Banking - *If making your payment through Telephone or Internet banking your account number is the folio/roll number located at the top right of your tax notice. Enter with no spaces and no decimals, i.e. 55600987000. For more information or questions please contact: Tammy Derbyshire Accounting Clerk (T)  250.495.4612 (E)  Kahlua Gordin Senior Accounting Clerk (T)  250.495.4614 (E) 
  • 30 September 2020
    2020 Make Water Work Campaign! We are asking residents of Osoyoos to “Take the Pledge” to Make Water Work! Make Water Work is an initiative of the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Okanagan WaterWise program, delivered in partnership with local governments and utilities throughout the Okanagan.   If you haven't taken the pledge yet, please do so by clicking on the icon (above) or the link below. Then share the link with friends and family to do the same. Campaign ends September 30, 2020.   Corinne Jackson Communications Director Okanagan Basin Water Board Office:   250.469.6271 Email: Click on the link below for more information: Town Water Restrictions   
  • 28 September 2020
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Part Time Landfill Weigh Scale Clerk Deadline September 28 The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC, located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Weigh Scale Clerk in the Operational Services department. Position Information The applicant will be required to operate a scale house, monitor users and inspect loads, charge appropriate fees, collect payment, and educate the public on waste disposal practices. The preferred applicant will be a post secondary graduate with some accounting or bookkeeping knowledge. Completion of a BC Qualified Landfill Operations course would be an asset. This is a part time unionized position with the requirement to work one week on and one week off and the ability to work flexible hours, including weekends. The hourly rate is $22.35 - $26.29 plus 17% in lieu of benefits. 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 course and other outdoor amenities, it is an extraordinary area to visit, play in, and live. Click here for a detailed job description. Please email or apply online with letter of interest and resume to by 4:30 PM on September 28th, 2020 with "Weigh Scale Clerk" in the subject line. If you have specific questions about this career opportunity please contact Jared Brounstein at 250.495.6213 or Brianne Hillson Deputy Corporate Officer Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 (E) (F) 250.495.2400 We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • 21 September 2020
    Next Town Council to be held on Monday September 21, 2020 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM for the Committee of the Whole meeting and at 2:00 PM for the Regular Open Meeting in Council Chambers at Town Hall located at 8707 Main Street. The Town of Osoyoos Council meetings will be closed to the public until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. On May 1, 2020 the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General repealed MO 83/20 and replaced it with Ministerial Order No. M139.  This order allows the Town to close all Council meetings to the public in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and enables Council to continue to conduct business. Council meetings will continue to be streamed live on our website. Click here to watch the Council meeting live or view recorded meetings.  Council agendas are available online or at the Town Hall on the preceding Friday for each meeting.   Regular and Special Meetings Committee of the Whole Meetings Town of Osoyoos 250.495.6515
  • 8 September 2020
    Council Highlights for September 8, 2020 Click on button to watch the video of the Regular Open meeting.   Regular Open Meeting     REGULAR OPEN MEETING Water Matters Jared Brounstein, Director of Operational Services, presented a report to Council on Rural Hydrant Installation north and south of Town. There was a discussion between Council, Director Brounstein, and Steve Underwood of TRUE Engineering, at the conclusion of which it was agreed that the Tender for Phase 2 of the Water District 9 Twinning Project will include optional items (hydrants and a Dividend Ridge loop) that would assist in addressing water quality and fire flow objectives if bid prices permit. Business Council recommended that Parks Canada amend the ‘working boundary’ for the proposed National Park Reserve so that it would exclude any lands within the Town of Osoyoos’ jurisdictional boundaries. These lands have been designated for future development in the Town’s Official Community Plan. Council endorsed Community Services’ Re-opening Strategy for the Sonora Community Centre and endorsed the moving forward of re-hiring staff to meet operational needs. The Community Centre is scheduled to re-open on September 21, 2020. Council awarded the contract for the Water Metering Implementation Plan to TR Underwood Engineering Ltd in the amount of $77,000.00 and authorized the Town’s signatories to enter into a contract for the works specified in the Request for Proposals documents. Reports Councillor Bennett attended a webinar with MIABC regarding the complexity of operating municipalities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor McKortoff attended the Okanagan Basin Water Board meeting. Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to sign up for the Make Water Work campaign and to take the pledge. Mayor McKortoff attended the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT) meeting and met their new CAO, Laurel Douglas. Mayor McKortoff attended the RDOS meeting. Mayor McKortoff attended the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control meeting. Mayor McKortoff thanked all the volunteers who have made the Market on Main a success, especially Janis and Marcel St. Louis. Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website
  • 28 August 2020
    Service Canada Offices Gradually Reopening Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) | Work-Sharing Program | Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) | Canada Summer Jobs | Innovation Canada
  • 26 August 2020
    WILDFIRE INFORMATION UPDATES 2020 08 26 Bulletin 5 - Posted @ 12:00pm 2020 08 24 Bulletin 4 - Posted @ 4:30pm 2020 08 21 Bulletin 3 - Posted @ 4:00pm 2020 08 20 Bulletin 2 - Posted @ 3:00pm 2020 08 18 Bulletin 1 - Posted @ 6:20pm Information Bulletin 5 For Immediate Release August 26, 2020 12:00pm WILDFIRE - Palmer Lake, Washington   The Town of Osoyoos Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is monitoring the Palmer Lake WA (USA) wildfire situation closely to ensure we continue to respond to emerging issues.  This includes conference calls and updates from BC Emergency Management (PREOC), BC Wildfire Service,  Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). BC WILDFIRE UPDATE BC Wildfire provided the same information as under the “DNR FIRE DASHBOARD”. DNR FIRE DASHBOARD  Current as of 8/24/2020, 10:00 AM Vicinity Palmer Lake, Washington (USA) Incident # 2020-WASPD-001947 Start Date August 18, 2020 Size 17,735 Acres Containment 57% Location East of Palmer Lake and Northeast of Loomis, WA. West of Highway 97 Cause Unknown Assigned Personnel 606 Yesterday (August 25), a cold front blew over the fire area bringing gusty winds that tested fire lines. Luckily, all contingency lines held strong and the fire didn’t exhibit any major growth. Now, the focus will shift from suppression to improving existing contingency line and mopping up hot spots. Firefighters will also work to secure a no-heat radius of 300 feet around structures in the fire area. No future burn-out operations are anticipated if conditions remain the same. Decreased acres are due to improved mapping of the fire perimeter.   Click on the link below for more information/updates. WEATHER FORECAST FROM ENVIRONMENT CANADA Please click on the link below to view the Osoyoos Forecast. INTERIOR HEALTH Wildfires can affect your health and safety in many ways. The following provides information on steps you can take to prepare for a wildfire and manage wildfire-related issues.   Please contact your family physician, nurse practitioner, Nation-based health clinician, or other primary care provider for information about your specific health situation. Interior Health (Wildfires) Frequently Asked Questions (Smoky Skies) BC Air Quality WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS PreparedBC has released a Wildfire Preparedness Guide to ensure British Columbians are ready for wildfire season. STAGES OF A WILDFIRE If you live in an area at risk of a wildfire, it’s important that you take time to get ready for one. Understand what to do before, during and after a wildfire:   Before a Wildfire If you're in an area that is prone to wildfire, or you just want to be proactive, there are a number of activities you can complete to prevent or prepare for a wildfire. What to do before a wildfire   During a Wildfire You can stay safe during a wildfire by knowing your trusted sources of information, understanding evacuation stages, and looking out for your health and safety. What to do during a wildfire   After a Wildfire Returning home after a wildfire can be overwhelming, but if you use caution and take things one step at a time, it is possible to recover and return your home to normal. What to do after a wildfire -30- Jared Brounstein Emergency Program Coordinator EOC Director Allan Chabot Chief Administrative Officer Deputy EOC Director MORE INFORMATION For more information and updates, including answers to frequently asked questions and translated information, please consult the following resources: BC Wildfire Wildfire Preparedness Guide Environment Canada Interior Health (Wildfires) Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) RDOS Emergency Management
  • 25 August 2020
    Service Canada Ready to Help Youth Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) | Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) | Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) | National Student Loans Service | Mental Health Support | Jobs and Opportunities
  • 25 August 2020
    Service Canada Ready to Help Seniors Public Pensions | Registered Retirement Income Funds | United Way Canada | Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • 25 August 2020
    Service Canada Ready to Help Businesses Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) | Work-Sharing Program | Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) | Canada Summer Jobs | Innovation Canada
  • 24 August 2020
    Face Coverings Mandatory on BC Transit Buses as of August 24 BC Transit, in alignment with TransLink and other transportation agencies, will be proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the Province as of August 24.   Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of 5 and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons.   We recognize the advice from health professionals, including Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, has been to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible including on transit vehicles. Customers have indicated making the use of face coverings mandatory will create a more comfortable environment.   While face coverings will be mandatory, the policy will be implemented as an educational step without enforcement. The educational position is aligned with TransLink and other transit agencies in Canada.     We will work hard to ensure customers are aware of our new policy over the coming weeks, and work together to make transit a comfortable environment for staff and customers.   The Together We Ride campaign continues across the province, promoting the need to work together to make the transit journey comfortable for customers. Details are available here:   BC Transit and our local government partners are working on plans to hand out promotional face coverings later this summer. Stay tuned for more details!   For more details about the mandatory mask policy and BC Transit’s response to COVID-19, please visit or call your local transit office. “Transit is an important service for many British Columbians. BC Transit's decision to make masks mandatory on their vehicles will help make transit safer for fellow passengers. Find one that's comfortable, and make time to get used to wearing them and taking them on and off as needed. Those of us who are able should be using masks on transit all the time. I do and I expect others to as well.” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
  • 6 August 2020
    Don't Move A Mussel. Clean. Drain. Dry. Don't Move a Mussel | Boat Inspection Checklist | Zebra and Quagga Mussel Fact Sheet
  • 31 July 2020
    Town of Osoyoos Sewer Odour Issues Town Council and staff are aware of odour issues again this year from the wastewater treatment plant by the golf course and associated wastewater system in the community. We take these odour issues seriously, and understand the frustration that residents feel as this issue remains unresolved and seems to recur each year. Wastewater treatment and disposal are complex matters and the Town can’t simply change operating procedures or buy an additive that will resolve the situation despite claims that could be done and the problem would be resolved. The Town has budgeted for system improvements in its Financial Plan designed to improve the treatment and disposal of wastewater and address odour concerns including the recently completed Main Wastewater Pumping Station (MWWPS) at a cost of approximately $5M. The new MWWPS includes screening capacity designed to remove solids and other discarded materials often found in wastewater before pumping effluent to the sewage lagoons for treatment. This will reduce the accumulation of sludge in the lagoons and improve bacteriological processes that treat wastewater. The Town will likely need to de-sludge the sewage lagoons again in the near future now that the MWWPS is online to improve system operation. The Town has recently completed works to improve aeration to the treatment plant, hoping that it would improve dissolved oxygen levels in the ponds; oxygen is key in the support of the biological processes. The Town has budgeted for an Operational Assessment of the lagoons in 2020 to review and improve operational processes as well as potential capital improvements to access the treatment process. Why does the Wastewater Treatment Plant smell so bad at certain times of year? The odour concerns seem to be worst during periods of hot weather and when the Town experiences its seasonal peak visitation in the summer months. The wastewater treatment system receives inflows in the summer that are far greater than the amount usually received during non-peak months. The treatment system is designed to receive these additional flows, but the treatment process needs to adjust and this takes time. Odours are further exacerbated by the higher temperatures due to a rise in water temperature. There are many factors influencing why this occurs and why residents experience issues with offensive odours. Addressing this problem has proven difficult and despite it being a concern for many years a final solution has not been identified. The size of the ponds, variation in volumes and composition of inflows as well as climatic conditions makes it difficult to predict when the odour issues might arise but generally it is worst when the weather is hot. While offensive, these odours do not present a risk to public health. How does the Wastewater Treatment Plant work? The wastewater treatment plant operates with aerated lagoons and now with mechanical pre-screening at the MWWPS. The plant operates with naturally occurring bacteria to perform the task of treating the influent, which is enhanced by aeration, mixing and occasionally the addition of some chemicals. Once treatment is complete, the treated effluent is then chlorinated and used to irrigate the Osoyoos Golf Club and West Bench sports fields, with any excess being disposed of to the ground south of Desert Park racetrack. The Town operates monitoring wells to ensure that wastewater disposal does not negatively impact ground water supplies or Osoyoos Lake. In 2020 the Town has budgeted for the installation of two new groundwater monitoring wells. The Town continues to obtain advice and design solutions from qualified professional engineers who are experts in the field of wastewater treatment and disposal. The Town’s operators are trained in accordance with the Provincial Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) and work hard to ensure the plant operates as efficiently and odour-free as possible. Municipal wastewater treatment and disposal is regulated by the Provincial Environmental Management Act and subject to permit conditions that dictate effluent quality and disposal methods. Some factors that influence odours: Inflow Wastewater collection system piping and manholes Wastewater pumping stations Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) Total suspended solids pH, too acidic can cause anaerobic digestion Total flow Temperature Grease Treatment inhibitors/toxicity Pond Aeration of the pond (Dissolved Oxygen) Mixing - Seasonal turn over. It is quite common for aerated lagoons to smell for a week or so in spring and fall. Air Temperature Warmer temperatures leads to higher treatment rates, requiring more oxygen. Lower temperatures inhibits treatment, causing sludge build up, which can turn over (seasonally) causing odours when air temperatures increase. Environment Disposal method Wind and airflow Time of day and seasonal patterns Temperature Proximity to dwellings Contact Information Operational Services 250.495.6213   
  • 31 July 2020
    UPDATES on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan | Visitor Screening Form  Check this page regularly for ongoing updates on the Coronavirus situation as it relates to Town of Osoyoos facilities, programs, services and events. Latest Bulletin 2020 08 25 EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 19 - State of Emergency-Exposure Control-Bylaw  Posted August 26 @ 12:30pm Message from Mayor (Updated August 26) The State of Emergency in British Columbia has been extended once again so our EOC in the Town of Osoyoos continues to work with our provincial and federal governments and health officers to keep our community safe. We monitor the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis and ensure that we pay attention to WorkSafeBC and Interior Health protocols.   We have welcomed a lot of tourists this summer which has helped many of our local businesses enjoy a busy season. Thank you all for continuing to take the critical steps to keep your families, friends and yourselves safe and healthy. Please continue to wash your hands often, stay at least 2 meters away from others, and stay home when you are sick. I encourage you to wear masks when you are not able to keep a social distance, and when you are inside businesses.   We certainly hope that a vaccine will be developed soon, but in the meantime, look after yourselves and your loved ones, and know that we are continuing to use best practices in our Town to help all of us work through this stressful time. Mayor Sue McKortoff TOWN COMMUNICATION The Town of Osoyoos is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely to ensure we continue to respond to emerging issues as they relate to Town facilities, programs, services and events. This includes following the direction of Interior Health, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control or the Government of Canada.   While the COVID-19 situation is changing daily around the world, we are mindful that our community is concerned about the potential impact of the further spread of the coronavirus and we are acting accordingly to do what we can to support public safety. 2020 07 06 Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan Please click on the link below to view current/previous Bulletins posted.  OPEN Facilities IF YOU ARE SICK OR EXPERIENCING FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS PLEASE DO NOT ENTER or USE THESE FACILITIES. If you make an appointment you will be asked to fill out a “Visitor Screening Form” before entering the premises. Please practice social/physical distancing at these locations/facilities. Town Hall is only permitting one person at a time into the facility. Town Hall 250.495.6515 9AM-1PM Monday-Friday (Excluding Statutory Holidays) Sunbowl Arena 250.495.6562 Contact Sonora Community Centre for more info. All Public Washrooms 250.495.6213 Boat (Paid) Trailer Parking Lot 250.495.6515 Dog Park 250.495.6562 Goodman Park Washroom 250.495.6213 Marina Washroom 250.495.6213 Osoyoos Farmers Market See Website June 13 – September 12 Osoyoos Regional Library 250.860.4033 Please refer to their website for more information. Osoyoos& District Sanitary Landfill 250.495.6515 Outdoor Pickleball Courts 250.495.6562 Parks & Trails (unless identified below) 250.495.6562 Pioneer Walkway Washroom 250.495.6213 Play Structure at Kinsmen Park 250.495.6562 Play Structure at Lions Park 250.495.6562 Skateboard Park 250.495.6562 Splash Park 250.495.6562 Sunrise Marina 250.495.6562 Tennis Courts 250.495.6562 Town Offices Remain CLOSED to the PUBLIC Below is a list of Town Offices that are currently closed to the public. You may be able to conduct some business in person by appointment only. You can still contact the facilities by phone or email as follows:  Planning & Development Services 250.495.6191 By Appointment Only Bylaw Enforcement 250.495.6515   RCMP Office 250.495.7236 Emergency Call 9-1-1   Fire Hall 250.495.4631   Operations (Public Works) 250.495.4613   Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562   At this time Town staff continue to work during regular scheduled office hours to bring services to the community and to perform necessary maintenance. Essential services are being maintained. CLOSED Facilities Desert Park 250.495.6562 TBD West Bench Complex (Ball Diamonds Only) 250.495.6562 TBD Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Payments A variety of payment methods are available: Mail Drop off payment slot at Town Office (8707 Main Street) Telephone/Internet Banking/etransfer Post Dated Cheques Bill payment with your local Financial Institution NEW Credit Card Payments *If making your payment through Telephone or Internet banking your account number is the folio/roll number located at the top right of your tax notice.  Enter with no spaces and no decimals, i.e. 55600987000. MORE INFORMATION For more information and updates, including answers to frequently asked questions and translated information, please consult the following resources: Interior Health Website First Nations Health Authority Government of Canada Website British Columbia Centre for Disease Control Website Self-Assessment Tool Service Canada Ready to Help Youth Service Canada Ready to Help Seniors Service Canada Ready to Help Businesses Still have questions? Visit these sites for trusted information and contact: HealthLinkBC / 811 if you have symptoms Call 1-888-COVID19 (268-4319) if you would like more information On behalf of Town Council and Staff we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation on this matter. Town of Osoyoos 250.495.6515 Osoyoos EOC 250.495.4635
  • 30 July 2020
    2020 Preparation for Extreme Heat and Wildfire Smoke Wildfire Information | COVID-19 The probabilistic temperature forecast from Environment Canada indicates the southern interior of B.C. will face above normal temperatures this summer. Interior Health has compiled some information that can help communities prevent and reduce the negative health impacts of extreme heat while also complying with public health recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Heat and Health Climate change has led to overall temperature increases and consequently, several communities in the B.C. Interior are at risk for extreme heat events. Extreme heat events can have serious negative effects on health. Community and individual action can reduce the health impacts of heat. The information below may help identify some opportunities to integrate heat and wildfire-related precautions into your organizational activities. Environment and Climate Change Canada defines an extreme heat event for the Interior of B.C. as two or more consecutive days with temperatures greater than or equal to 35°C, with minimum overnight temperatures greater than or equal to 18°C. Additional factors, such as high humidity, lack of wind and exposure to direct sunlight can compound stress on the body. Further, the number of days heat lasts can exacerbate harm caused by extreme heat; the strain on the body increases as heat days extend. Also, some individuals and groups are more susceptible than others. Those at Higher Risk to Health Impacts of Heat Older adults People with chronic poor health, heart problems or breathing difficulties People on certain medications People who live alone or are socially isolated, homeless or unsheltered Infants and children People who are physically active outdoors or work outdoors People wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in places not temperature controlled It is important to know that everyone can be affected by extreme heat and can suffer from heat illness or the more serious state of heat stroke. Planning for the heat season and taking action when the weather gets hot is the best way to stay healthy. Prepare for the Heat Season Supporting community members to utilize cooler outdoor spaces can be helpful. Outdoor spaces that have protection from the sun can also enable physical distancing. Your organization can promote cooler outdoor areas in the community such as large parks near to water with shade trees. Signage on physical distancing should be displayed to remind people of precautions to reduce spread of COVID-19. Individuals can also take action in their own homes to stay cool in the heat. Air conditioning, if available, can be used to keep indoor space cool. Also, keeping blinds closed during the day, spending time in the coolest areas of the home and using fans can help prevent overheating. Staying hydrated by drinking enough water is also important. Neighbours, friends and relatives should check on people who are the most vulnerable with phone, video or in-person visits using physical distancing precautions and PPE where appropriate. Special attention should be given to those who are unable to leave their home due to illness or disability. Heat Information Resources The Global Heat Health Information Network has developed an excellent planning checklist for heat preparation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The links below contain additional information to help individuals and communities manage health impacts of extreme heat. Heat & Health – COVID-19 Heat & Health - General Heat Alert & Response Planning BC Centre for Disease Control: Warm weather safety in a time of COVID-19 HealthLink BC’s Beat the Heat Webpage Heat Alert & Response Planning for Interior BC Communities: A Toolkit Global Heat Health Information Network: Heat and COVID-19 Information Series Health Canada Fact sheets: Staying healthy in the heat BC Centre for Disease Control: Developing a Municipal Heat Response Plan: A Guide for Medium Sized Municipalities Wildfires, Smoke Pollution and Health Wildfires can occur during heat season due to lack of rain and hot temperatures that dry up vegetation. This can lead to smoke pollution and present further challenges for people with respiratory infections. Exposure to air pollution can irritate the lungs, cause inflammation, and alter immune function, making it more difficult to fight respiratory infections such as COVID-19 1. Wildfire smoke can also lead to worsening of heart and lung disease. Wildfire Smoke Is a Higher Risk for Some Individuals The length of exposure to wildfire smoke, as well as a person’s age and underlying health conditions, determine the health impact. Children, older adults and those with respiratory conditions or other chronic illness are at higher risk from the effects of wildfire smoke. Reducing exposure to wildfire smoke is the best way to protect health. Prepare for Wildfire Smoke Individuals may be able to take action in their homes to reduce smoke exposure. Portable air cleaners can be used and work the best when run continuously with doors and windows closed. Doors and windows should be kept closed when possible. Air conditioners set to re-circulate minimize the amount of smoke that enters the home. People should limit time outside when skies are smoky. A clean air shelter is a room, area, or building that has an air filtration system that reduces the amount of pollution from wildfire smoke. Community clean air shelters that are normally available to the public may be less accessible with the physical distancing guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public facilities with clean air such as libraries, community centres and shopping malls may be closed, operating with reduced hours or limiting the number of people who can enter. Community members who are experiencing homelessness or who do not have a home to spend the day in may require additional support when there is wildfire smoke. Planning for clean air shelters that allow for appropriate physical distancing may be needed for this vulnerable population. Wildfire smoke is an important consideration when planning the small outdoor community events that are permissible during the COVID-19 pandemic. When possible, identification of an alternate indoor ‘clean air space’ location is ideal. If an indoor clean air space is identified, precautions to reduce spread of COVID-19 will be necessary (i.e. limiting the number of people to permit physical distancing). When wildfire smoke is present, the risk to attendees at outdoor events can be reduced by shortening the length of the event (i.e. reduced game time, shorten lesson/presentation/concert). Event organizers and coaches should be aware that people react differently to smoke and should pay special attention to younger, older and/or participants with respiratory or chronic illness. Smoke Information Resources The links below describe some actions that your organization and community members can take to stay healthy during wildfire smoke events. Wildfire & Health – COVID-19 Wildfire & Health - General BC Centre for Disease Control: Wildfire smoke safety in a time of COVID-19 HealthLink BC prepare before during and after a wildfire: Wildfires and Your Health BC Centre for Disease Control: Fact Sheet: Wildfire Smoke & COVID-19 BC Centre for Disease Control fact sheet series: Wildfire Smoke Response Planning   Interior Health Emergency Information Wildfires Page It is important to anticipate natural events and consider the role your organization can play to support community members to stay healthy. It is also important to emphasize that heat-related illness can be a greater immediate threat to health than poor air quality.
  • 30 July 2020
    2020 Wildfire Information PALMER WILDFIRE UPDATES | Extreme Heat and Wildfire Smoke | COVID-19 Help keep B.C. Day long weekend safe for everyone  Fire Bans & Restrictions (Kamloops Fire Centre) BC Wildfire Map Wildfire Preparedness Air Quality Advisories Air Quality Report Smoke Forecast ALERT Canada The Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) is dedicated to animal welfare through the preparation for and the actual rescue and shelter of domestic animals and livestock in a disaster. (T) 250.809.7152 BC Parks Drive BC for Road Conditions Osoyoos Visitor Centre If you’d like to speak with someone in Osoyoos about weather or travel conditions or about accommodations, dining, activities, and more, please contact our visitor experience team! LIVE Webcam(s)   
  • 22 July 2020
    Summer is here. So is COVID-19
  • 1 July 2020
    Recycling Blue Bags No Longer Accepted as of July 1, 2020 THIS PROGRAM IS MANDATORY AND YOU CANNOT OPT OUT. **NEW** RECYCLING CART PROGRAM LETTER TO RESIDENTS 2020-2021 Curbside Garbage & Recycling Calendar   As a result of a policy change by Recycle BC, the Town of Osoyoos will be phasing out the use of blue and clear bags for residential curbside collection as of July 1, 2020. Why Are Blue and Clear Recycling Bags Being Banned? Every plastic bag is removed by hand. This process is expensive and can lead to worker injury. Plastic is the highest source of contamination in paper and recent changes in the recycling market have made it more difficult to process paper mixed with plastics. Plastic bags can also wrap around sorting equipment, and removal requires constant shut down of recycling facilities. What's Next? At the December 16, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting, the Director of Operational Services presented two options to Council to replace the current collection system - Town supplied recycling bins and Contractor supplied recycling bins. The Director of Operational Services presented another report to Council at a Special Open Meeting on February 21, 2020, following which Council passed the following motion: "That Council direct staff to move forward with a rent to own program with Waste Connections Canada for the supply, maintenance, and replacement of recycling containers for the community for a 6 year term at a cost of $3.50/month/user and that the municipality pay the cost for the first 6 months of service in 2020 from solid waste reserves ($50,000.00)." What This Means... The Town of Osoyoos will work with Waste Connections Canada to ensure that each property included in the residential collection program is supplied with the appropriate number of 240 litre wheeled carts with lids in June 2020. This arrangement amortizes the full purchase cost over a period of 6 years and transfers the risk to the contractor for deployment, maintenance, and replacement for that period. After the 6 year term ends the carts will become the property of the Town and repair and maintenance will become the Town's responsibility. The cost per user is approximately $42/year, commencing in 2021, which will be incorporated into property taxes.
  • 1 July 2020
    New Curbside Garbage and Recycling Calendar Homeowners of Osoyoos can expect to receive the  2020-2021 Curbside Garbage & Recycling Calendar with their PROPERTY TAX NOTICES! Paper copies are available at Town Hall and the Sonora Community Centre. The brochure can also be viewed online Garbage & Recycling Calendar  Recycling Blue Bags No Longer Accepted as of July 1, 2020 This program is mandatory and you cannot opt out. More information will be provided when available. **NEW** RECYCLING CART PROGRAM LETTER TO RESIDENTS There are no major changes to the Garbage pick-up schedule. Weekly pick-up remains on TUESDAY unless specified otherwise.  Please take note highlighted dates are specified for YARD WASTE, RECYCLING and BULKY ITEMS pick up. If you have questions about your curbside pick up please contact your service provider: Call Waste Connections of Canada Inc. 250.498.4888 CLICK HERE - Curbside Garbage & Recycling Program
  • 1 May 2020
    "Normal" Water Restrictions for Town and Rural Water Districts 8 & 9 Schedule "A" Water Conservation and Staged Restriction Bylaw No. 1273 (Town) Osoyoos Water District Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1357 (Rural) MTI Bylaw (Fines) Yellow “Reminder” Flags for Water Restrictions Make Water Work Campaign Regulation Reference Sheet Water Conservation Tips Water Conservation & Staged Restrictions Brochure Make Water Work Plant Collection Normal – ALTERNATE DAYS WATERING: a)  Days of Watering:   Sprinkling is only permitted at residential, commercial and other non-agricultural properties as follows: Even numbered addresses:  Watering is only permitted on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday Odd numbered addresses:  Watering is only permitted on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday   b)  Automatically Controlled Underground Sprinkling Systems (Residential and commercial): Properties equipped with an automated time clock sprinkler system may only sprinkle between the hours of 12:00 midnight to 6:00 AM on the days permitted by the sprinkling regulations as described above. c)  Manually Controlled Sprinklers (Residential and Commercial): Properties equipped with only manually controlled sprinkling systems, including those attached to outside taps, may only operate from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and from 7:00 PM to 12:00 midnight on the days permitted by the sprinkling regulations as described above. d)  Sprinkling is not permitted between the hours of 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM during any day at any time of the year. Only one ½” (9mm) diameter outlet (outside tap) may be used at one time for sprinkling, and further, it is not permissible to use an open pipe or hose for irrigating purposes. e)  Use of water hoses is permitted for the purpose of washing boats or motor vehicles only when equipped with an automatic shut off nozzle.  f)  No person shall use water to wash sidewalks, driveways or parking lots, except and only if necessary for applying a product such as paint or preservative, or when preparing a surface prior to paving or repointing bricks, or if required by law to comply with health or safety regulations.  g)  Notwithstanding the above, the following are exempt from restrictions: i)    Watering of public sports playing fields, turf farms, and golf courses; ii)   Watering of flower and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs and trees using micro-irrigation, drip-irrigation, or a hose with an automatic shut off nozzle; iii)  Commercial car washes so long as each vehicle wash does not exceed 57 L of water. iv)  Under authority of permit issued under this bylaw.   h)  As a further exemption restriction, owners or occupiers of property who, by reason of physical or mental incapacity are unable to water their property within the restricted days and times, may water their property on any two days of the week for a maximum of 8 hours per day.            For more information please contact:   Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (E)   

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