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  • 15 October 2021
    Summer Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms Summer Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms | Winter Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms All public park washrooms will be open daily from 7:00am to 10:00pm for the SUMMER season beginning May 1 to October 15. Town Hall Washrooms (8707 Main Street) Monday - Friday (excluding holidays) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm   If you have information about crimes to Town facilities you can provide an anonymous TIP by calling the Crime Stoppers 24/7 tip line at 1-800-222-8477.  CLICK HERE for more information on the Town’s Parks and Recreational facilities.   
  • 31 August 2021
    Summer Camps Join us for a summer full of fun and adventure! This year we have two NEW camps to try out! Due to current COVID-19 restrictions space in our camps is limited and priority registration will be given to Osoyoos/RDOS Area “A” residents (Primary address must be within Osoyoos or RDOS Area “A” ) Click HERE to view the Summer Camp Flyer Registration Local Residents Register IN PERSON at the Sonora Community Centre: Tuesday June 15 8:30am-12:00pm or Thursday June 17 2:00pm-5:30pm All other registrations can be done starting June 18th Call 250.495.4623 or email recreation@osoyoos.ca to make alternate arrangements for registration.
  • 13 August 2021
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Planning Technician Deadline August 13 The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC, located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Planning Technician. Position Information The Town of Osoyoos is seeking an individual motivated to assist the Town's Planning and Development Services Department with a wide range of projects and planning priorities. The Planning Technician will help facilitate the public engagement process to help promote, explore, and develop opportunities for the community. This position reports to the Director of Planning and Development Services and will work cooperatively with diverse workgroups in the organization and have the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with Council, Committees, and outside agencies. The Planning Technician will provide planning services across a range of areas such as affordable housing, capital projects, climate action planning, downtown revitalization, landscaping improvements, etc. The Planning Technician will also accept, review, and process applications for development variances and minor development permits. This is an exciting opportunity to grow yourself in the field of Planning and the potential to move into more senior positions. The preferred candidate will have an undergraduate degree in the field of Community Planning or a closely related program of studies, OR a diploma in the field of Community Planning and over six months of practical experience. The preferred candidate will have knowledge of the Community Charter, Local Government Act, and other provincial policies in respect of planning matters. This is a full-time unionized position that is 35 hours/week. The hourly rate is $32.53 - $36.15 per hour, plus an attractive benefits package. Osoyoos is situated in a unique and special environment that includes the warmest freshwater lake in Canada and the warmest annual temperature. It is Canada's only true desert with the lowest annual precipitation and Sonoran Desert flora and fauna. Surrounded by stunning vistas, beautiful vineyards, fabulous golf courses and other outdoor amenities, it is an extraordinary area to visit, play in, and live. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online or by email with a letter of interest and resume. Resume deadline is Friday, August 13, 2021 at 4:00 PM. Click here for a full job description All inquiries or questions about this career opportunity should be directed to: Gina MacKay Director of Planning and Development Services (T) 250.495.6191 (E) gmackay@osoyoos.ca We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • 10 August 2021
    Next Town Council to be held on Tuesday August 10, 2021 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM for the Committee of the Whole meeting and at 2:00 PM for the Regular Open Meeting in Council Chambers at Town Hall located at 8707 Main Street. The Town of Osoyoos Council meetings will be closed to the public until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. On May 1, 2020 the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General repealed MO 83/20 and replaced it with Ministerial Order No. M139.  This order allows the Town to close all Council meetings to the public in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and enables Council to continue to conduct business. Council meetings will continue to be streamed live on our website. Click here to watch the Council meeting live or view recorded meetings.  Council agendas are available online or at the Town Hall on the preceding Friday for each meeting.   Regular and Special Meetings Committee of the Whole Meetings Town of Osoyoos 250.495.6515 info@osoyoos.ca
  • 9 August 2021
    Public Notice - Alternate Approval Process for Proposed Boundary Expansion - 87th Street Notice is hereby given that under section 86 (Alternative Approval Process) of the Community Charter and section 12 of the Local Government Act, the Council of the Town of Osoyoos intends to petition the Minister of Municipal Affairs requesting an extension of the area of the municipality to include the following described lands: The rationale for the proposed extension relates to the development of contiguous Town boundaries, and the Town of Osoyoos is already providing domestic water and sewer to the properties on 87th Street. The properties also benefit from receiving the following user fee or taxable services from the Town of Osoyoos: Fire Protection, Recreation Services, Access to the Osoyoos Sanitary Landfill and Cemetery. Inclusion into the Town boundaries will enable these properties to receive sewer services at a rate lower than sewer services available to properties located within the RDOS jurisdiction.  And Further Take Notice That the municipality may proceed with the boundary extension request unless at least ten percent of municipal electors indicate that a referendum must be held by submitting a signed Elector Response Form to Town Hall located at 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC., no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, August 9, 2021. Elector Response Forms must be in the form established by the Town of Osoyoos, and only those persons who qualify as electors of the municipality are entitled to sign Elector Response Forms. Resident Elector – You are entitled to submit an Elector Response Form as a resident elector if you are age 18 or older on the date of submission, are a Canadian citizen, have lived in B.C. for at least six months, and have been a resident of The Town of Osoyoos for the past 30 days. Non-Resident Elector – You are entitled to submit an Elector Response Form as a non-resident property elector if you are age 18 or older on the day of submission, are a Canadian citizen, have lived in B.C. for at least six months, have owned and held registered title to a property in the Town of Osoyoos for the past 30 days or more, and do not qualify as a resident elector. NOTE: Only one non-resident property elector may submit an Elector Response Form per property, regardless of how many owners there may be. If less than ten percent (10%) of municipal electors submit an Elector Response Form, the boundary extension request will be deemed to have the approval of the electors and the proposal may proceed to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for consideration. For the purpose of conducting the alternative approval opportunity, the number of electors is calculated as 4,313. Elector Response Forms are available online and from Town Hall, 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, B.C. Phone Number 250-495-6515, info@osoyoos.ca from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, excluding weekends and statutory holidays. Brianne Hillson Corporate Officer Town of Osoyoos Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.6515 (E) info@osoyoos.ca
  • 9 August 2021
    Public Notice - Alternate Approval Process for Proposed Boundary Expansion - 45th Street Notice is hereby given that under section 86 (Alternate Approval Process) of the Community Charter and section 12 of the Local Government Act, the Council of the Town of Osoyoos intends to petition the Minister of Municipal Affairs requesting an extension of the area of the municipality to include the following described lands: The rationale for the proposed extension relates to the development of contiguous Town boundaries. 5221 45th Street and 5037 45th Street would be able to access domestic water and sewer from the Town at a reduced rate. The property at 5017 45th Street is currently connected to both the Town of Osoyoos domestic water system and the sanitary sewer system. The subject properties already receive the following user fee or taxable services from the Town of Osoyoos: Fire Protection, Recreation Services, Access to the Osoyoos Sanitary Landfill and Cemetery. And Further Take Notice That the municipality may proceed with the boundary extension request unless at least ten percent of municipal electors indicate that a referendum must be held by submitting a signed Elector Response Form to Town Hall located at 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC., no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, August 9, 2021. Elector Response Forms must be in the form established by the Town of Osoyoos, and only those persons who qualify as electors of the municipality are entitled to sign Elector Response Forms. Resident Elector – You are entitled to submit an Elector Response Form as a resident elector if you are age 18 or older on the date of submission, are a Canadian citizen, have lived in B.C. for at least six months, and have been a resident of The Town of Osoyoos for the past 30 days. Non-Resident Elector – You are entitled to submit an Elector Response Form as a non-resident property elector if you are age 18 or older on the day of submission, are a Canadian citizen, have lived in B.C. for at least six months, have owned and held registered title to a property in the Town of Osoyoos for the past 30 days or more, and do not qualify as a resident elector. NOTE: Only one non-resident property elector may submit an Elector Response Form per property, regardless of how many owners there may be. If less than ten percent (10%) of municipal electors submit an Elector Response Form, the boundary extension request will be deemed to have the approval of the electors and the proposal may proceed to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for consideration. For the purpose of conducting the alternative approval opportunity, the number of electors is calculated as 4,313. Elector Response Forms are available online and from Town Hall, 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, B.C. Phone Number 250-495-6515, info@osoyoos.ca from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding weekends and statutory holidays. Brianne Hillson Corporate Officer Town of Osoyoos Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.6515 (E) info@osoyoos.ca
  • 31 July 2021
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Bylaw Enforcement Officer Open Until Filled The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC, located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Bylaw Enforcement Officer. Position Information The Town of Osoyoos is currently accepting applications for a Seasonal Bylaw Enforcement Officer from June 1 - Labour Day. This position performs inspectional, regulatory, and investigational work involving the enforcement of Town Bylaws. The ideal candidate will have excellent skills in communication, leadership, and conflict resolution with experience and the ability to diffuse hostility in an effective manner. You will have the ability to work both independently and interdependently while exercising sound judgement and initiative. Proven experience, thorough knowledge, and the ability to demonstrate the principles, methods, and equipment used in the capture, care, and handling and safe transport of injured, vicious, or stray animals. Level 1 Bylaw Compliance, Enforcement, and Investigative Skills Certificate and Certificate in Animal Control Basic training along with a valid British Columbia driver's license are required. This position will be required to work shift work as well as work weekends and statutory holidays. This is an exempt position with a wage rate of $23.00 - $25.00 per hour. Click here for a full job description. Osoyoos is situated in a unique and special environment that includes the warmest freshwater lake in Canada and the warmest annual temperature. It is Canada's only true desert with the lowest annual precipitation and Sonoran Desert flora and fauna. Surrounded by stunning vistas, beautiful vineyards, fabulous golf courses and outdoor amenities, it is an extraordinary area to visit, play in, and live. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply to careers@osoyoos.ca or online with a letter of interest and resume. The posting is open until filled. Position related questions may be directed to: Brianne Hillson Director of Corporate Services Box 3070, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0 (E) careers@osoyoos.ca We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • 30 July 2021
    Leisure Guide Advertisement Opportunity The Town of Osoyoos’ Community Services Department distributes approximately 800 copies of their Leisure Guide three (3) times per year. As part of the Recreational Services Fees and Charges Bylaw businesses and organizations may purchase advertising space in the Leisure Guide. Application forms are available online by clicking here or can be picked up at the Sonora Community Centre. Advertisement space is limited and will be dedicated on a first come, first serve basis. Ads for the 2021 Fall Leisure Guide MUST be submitted no later than Friday July 30, 2021. Advertisers are responsible for the design and content of the ad to be placed and all ad content will be subject to approval. Contact the undersigned for more details. Sarah Dynneson Program Supervisor Sonora Community Centre 8505 68 Avenue (T)   250.495.4623 (E)   sdynneson@osoyoos.ca
  • 28 July 2021
    ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE 26th Ave August 4-6 Please be advised that Twincon Enterprises will be activating a full road closure at 26th Avenue that includes 22nd Avenue and 85th Street, from August 4-6.   Access will be available only to emergency vehicles and residents as required. The Town of Osoyoos and Twincon Enterprises apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Operational Services (T)  250.495.6213 (E)  pubworks@osoyoos.ca  
  • 24 July 2021
    Summer Fitness Classes & Weight Room Access The Sonora Community Centre is pleased to offer limited fitness classes this summer! Click HERE for more information. Registration starts Tuesday May 25th and can be done either by phone (250.495.6562) or online.   COVID-19 Safety protocols are in place.  Sonora Community Centre Visitor Screening Form   Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca   
  • 23 July 2021
    Cottonwood Beach and Legion Beach Water Quality Satisfactory Results from July 20, 2021 Sample The Town of Osoyoos received satisfactory bacteriological results from water samples taken at Legion and Cottonwood Beaches.  The Town of Osoyoos is removing the swimming advisory for these locations.    Town of Osoyoos (t) 250.495.6515 (e) info@osoyoos.ca
  • 23 July 2021
    Learn to Swim in Osoyoos Lake The Town of Osoyoos is pleased to be partnering with Water Waves First Aid & Aquatics to bring swimming lessons to Osoyoos this summer! More than just learning how to swim, this program will teach children how to be safe in and around the water. Parents are not required to be in the water but must be prepared to get wet. COVID-19 distancing and cleaning protocols are in effect. For more information about the classes visit www.waterwaves.ca WHEN:              Monday-Thursday July 12-July 22 LOCATION:       Gyro Beach CLASSES:          Little Minnows                Ages 3-4 years      3:15pm-3:45pm or 4:45pm-5:15pm                          Mini Ogopogo                 Ages 5-6 years      4:00pm-4:30pm                          Trout                             Ages 6-7 years      3:30pm-4:00pm                          Dolphin                         Ages 7-10 years     4:15pm-4:45pm                          Rattlesnake/Megaladon   Ages 10-13           5:00pm-5:45pm COST: $98.80/8 sessions REGISTER: Registration will start Tuesday June 15th at 8:30am. Phone the Sonora Community Centre at 250.495.6562 Online: www.osoyoos.ca MORE INFORMATION: For more information about the levels visit www.waterwaves.ca
  • 19 July 2021
    Water Restrictions for Town and Rural Water Districts 8 & 9   Starting July 19, 2021 - Stage 1 Water Restrictions are in effect for Town and Rural Water District 8 & 9. What does this mean? Scroll down to find out more: Stage 1 – Twice per Week 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 Tuesdays and Saturdays Odd numbered addresses:  Watering is only permitted on Wednesdays and Sundays 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)  No use of water hoses is permitted for the purpose of washing boats or motor vehicles. 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.              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 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   
  • 14 July 2021
    Heat Warning - 10 Tips to Stay Safe Environment Canada has once again issued a Heat Warning for the Okanagan Valley. Read the alert HERE Please consider the below 10 tips from Interior Health Authority for staying safe and cool during extreme heat events: 10 Steps to avoid heat related illness Plan your outdoor activity before 11 a.m. or after 4 p.m., to avoid the most intense sun. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. Water is the best choice. Avoid physical work or exercise outside in the heat of the day. If you must work or exercise outside, drink two to four glasses of water each hour, even before you feel thirsty. Rest breaks are important and should be taken in the shade. Apply sunscreen to prevent sun burn, but remember this doesn’t protect from the heat. Stay in the shade, or create your own shade with lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing, a wide brimmed hat, and/or an umbrella. If you’re struggling to keep cool, move indoors to an air-conditioned building or take a cool bath or shower. At temperatures above 30° C (86°F), fans alone may not be able to prevent heat-related illness. Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise to 52° C (125° F) within 20 minutes inside a vehicle when the outside temperature is 34° C (93° F). Leaving the car windows slightly open will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature. Regularly check older adults, infants and children, those doing a lot of physical activity or working outside, and people with chronic disease or mental illness for signs of heat-related illness. Make sure they are keeping cool and drinking plenty of fluids. Check on those who are unable to leave their homes, and people whose judgment may be impaired.   For more information from Interior Health on heat related illness, CLICK HERE Town of Osoyoos (T) 250.495.6515 (E) info@osoyoos.ca 
  • 12 July 2021
    Infrastructure Canada - Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (GICB)   For Immediate Release July 7, 2021 Both the Town of Osoyoos and The Town of Oliver have partnered with the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) in support of an application by the OIB to the GICB fund.   The Osoyoos Indian Band has been in discussions with Stantec Architecture and Wintersport regarding the feasibility of constructing a multi-pad National Indigenous Hockey Legacy Initiative (NIHL) arena in the Oliver/Osoyoos area.   The GICB Fund provides up to 100% funding for new facilities that are accessible to the public, including new recreational facilities. Existing arenas in the region are aged and no longer considered energy efficient and will require significant capital and operational investments to become sustainable now and in the future.   “The Osoyoos Indian Band appreciates any opportunity to collaborate with our neighboring Municipalities for the betterment of the region. Organized sport, exercise and active lifestyle amenities are crucial to our collective goal of maintaining healthy communities.” – Mike Campol, COO, Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corp.   “The Town of Oliver is pleased to be collaborating with the Osoyoos Indian Band and the Town of Osoyoos in the pursuit of a multi-pad arena for the South Okanagan. This is a tremendous opportunity to provide the infrastructure to meet future recreational needs in a cost effective manner.” – Mayor Martin Johansen, Town of Oliver   “The opportunity to collaborate with the Osoyoos Indian Band and Town of Oliver in this regional initiative underscores our commitment to finding sustainable, cost-effective solutions to the provision of community amenities that serve all our communities and their residents” said Osoyoos’ Mayor Sue McKortoff.   ***   For more information contact: Mike Campol, COO Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation  mcampol@oib.ca (250)689-2115   Background The Infrastructure Canada Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program aims to build more community buildings and improve existing ones – in particular in areas with populations experiencing higher needs – while also making the buildings more energy efficient, lower carbon, more resilient, and higher performing. This five-year $1.5 billion program will support green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades of existing public community buildings and the construction of new publicly-accessible community buildings that serve high-needs, underserved communities across Canada.   National Indigenous Hockey Legacy Initiative In Canada, 70% of our 3,000+ arenas are currently operating past their lifespan. Many of these have annual operating deficits in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Municipalities and Indigenous communities struggle to provide enough available ice time to allow people—young and old—to pursue hockey and other ice sports. The NIHL presents the opportunity to construct and operate sustainable arenas, not just for Indigenous communities, but to serve surrounding municipalities, helping to address the lack of access to ice facing most Canadian communities.  
  • 30 June 2021
    Osoyoos Story Walk  Join in on our new outdoor reading experience! StoryWalk® boards have now been installed along the Canal Trail starting at the West Bench trail head. While you enjoy the trail, you and your kids can read the story "Max Goes to the Space Station" by Jeffrey Bennett. The story has a little bit for every age and will spark the imagination and curiosity of your children while enjoying one of Osoyoos' most popular trails!  StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.   
  • 30 June 2021
    Cactus Kids Day Camp Registration starts June 15 and June 17 All kids ages 5-12 are invited to come and participate!  Our exciting theme weeks are fun-filled with crafts, games, swimming and special events!  The Cactus Kids Day Camp begins on July 5, 2021 and runs till August 27, 2021.   Registration:  Registration will start for local residents June 15 8:30am-12:00pm & June 17 from 2:00pm-5:30pm in person at the Sonora Community Centre. All other registrations can be done starting June 18th.  Call 250.495.4623 or email recreation@osoyoos.ca to make alternate arrangements for registration.  Registration will not be available online. Registration will not be accepted before the Registration Days. Please bring child’s birth certificate to register. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are only able to take weekly registrations. Half-days, one day registrations or drop-ins will not be available. Registration for the week must take place by 12:00pm (noon) the Friday before the week is to start.  Special rates for 2 or more siblings registering at the same time!  Information Brochure - CLICK HERE Don't miss out on the action this summer! It is strongly recommended that participants wear hats, sunscreen and bring water! For more information please contact: Sonora Community Centre 8505 68 Avenue, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.6562 (E) recreation@osoyoos.ca
  • 30 June 2021
    Community Services Fees and Charges Increase as of June 14 2021 Beginning Monday, June 14, 2021, fees for the Community Services Department, including drop-in, membership and rentals fees at the Sonora Community Centre and Sun Bowl Arena will be increased 2.8%. This is in accordance to the Recreation Department Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw. CLICK HERE to review the 2.8% CPI Adjustments. This increase is a result of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Sonora Community Centre 8505 68 Avenue Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6562 (E)  recreation@osoyoos.ca
  • 24 June 2021
    Council Meeting Highlights for June 22 and 24, 2021 Click button to watch the videos of the Committee of the Whole, Regular Open, and Annual General meetings. Committee of the Whole Meeting Regular Open Meeting Annual General Meeting COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING Petitions and Delegations Sgt. Jason Bayda presented the first quarter stats for 2021 for the Osoyoos RCMP Detachment to Council and listed his top three priorities for the detachment for this year as crime reduction, traffic, and employee wellness. Joanne Smith, Architect and Partner, presented Sahuri + Partners’ Osoyoos Town Hall Space Needs Assessment and Pre-Design to Council. Rod Trites and Dorothy Paukste presented the Desert Park Exhibition Society’s Business Plan to Council. Staff Reports Council directed staff to bring a new Licence of Occupation for the Desert Park Exhibition Society to operate Desert Park. REGULAR OPEN MEETING Staff Reports Council supported the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative grant application to install a scent garden at Pioneer Walkway, to make Wi-Fi accessible at Gyro Park, Lions Park, Pioneer Walkway, and the West Bench Dog Park, and to upgrade the water fountains at Pioneer Walkway. Council directed staff to recommend approval of the RDOS’ Willow Beach Official Community Plan Amendment & Rezoning Proposal, subject to: consideration being given to expanding the public beach and parks area to allow for more visitors and locals to access the north end of Osoyoos Lake; that the RDOS consent to the Town of Osoyoos providing water and sewer services to the subject property; and that a review be completed of the Town’s sewer and water capacity to ensure that the Town has the ability to provide those services to the development. Council directed staff to proceed with two separate Alternative Approval Processes of the electors for an extension of the Town of Osoyoos’ municipal boundary in order to annex the following properties: 5221, 5037, and 5017 45th Street, and 9209, 9211, 9215, 9223, 9227, and 9425 87th Street. Council also received the related Provincial Ministry Memorandum of Proposed Boundary Extension. Finally, Council established the Elector Response Form to allow for multiple elector responses, set a deadline for responses to be submitted to the Director of Corporate Services of 4:00 PM on Monday, August 9, 2021, and determined that the total number of Town of Osoyoos electors to which the approval process applies is 4,313. Bylaws Council approved Zoning Application Z21-04 and gave first and second readings to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.135, 2021. If adopted this amendment would allow for a strata lot subdivision with a mix of single family and two family dwellings to be constructed at 12101 Olympic View Drive. Council unanimously defeated Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.134, 2021 at third reading and subsequently abandoned the amendment. Had it been adopted this amendment would have updated the definition of Recreation Vehicle in order to specifically exclude Park Models and Tiny Homes within the Recreation Vehicle Park / Campground Zone (C-5). Gina MacKay, Director of Planning and Development, recommended the amendment be defeated and that the impacted sites and their uses instead be reviewed in a comprehensive manner as part of the upcoming Zoning Bylaw review. Councillor and Mayor’s Reports Councillor Bennett attended the School District #53 meeting. Councillor Bennett attended Interior Health’s Mayor Vaccine Roundtable meeting. Councillor Rhodes and Mayor McKortoff attended the Volunteer Recognition Awards and thanked those who volunteer in the community. Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to take the Make Water Work pledge. Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to decorate their homes and businesses for Canada Day. Mayor McKortoff attended the Water Stewardship Council meeting. Mayor McKortoff attended the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) workshop on how to protect Okanagan Lake. Mayor McKortoff noted that Interior Health held two mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Gyro Beach. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Mayor McKortoff read her message from the 2020 Annual Report. The Chief Administrative Officer and Department Directors presented their sections of the Annual Report to Council. Council reported on their 2020 activities. Council approved the 2020 Town of Osoyoos Annual Report. No public comments were received on the Draft Annual Report. Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website www.osoyoos.ca.
  • 21 June 2021
    Statement from Mayor McKortoff On National Indigenous Peoples Day   Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day and on this summer solstice, please join me in honouring First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.   The diverse and rich cultural history of Indigenous peoples in the South Okanagan has an important impact on residents in Osoyoos and are the historical backbone of this community. The Town of Osoyoos is honoured to have developed a respectful working relationship with the Osoyoos Indian Band, and is committed to continuing this relationship in the spirit of responsibility and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.   Please join me today and take a moment to reflect and learn more about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Every resident of Osoyoos has a role to play in the reconciliation process. Learn more about Indigenous Peoples Day at https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/     For more information contact: Mayor Sue McKortoff (T) 250.495.6515 (E) info@osoyoos.ca
  • 7 June 2021
    NOTICE Town Hall Temporary Change of Office Hours Effective Monday, June 7, 2021, the Town Office located at 8707 Main Street will be open to the public from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, excluding weekends and statutory holidays. Due to physical distancing requirements, only one person is allowed in the building at a time. Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.6515 (E) info@osoyoos.ca
  • 30 April 2021
    Thank You Volunteers! Osoyoos is privileged to be served by hundreds of volunteers who contribute towards the betterment of our community. In lieu of the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Awards, Mayor and Council would like to extend their warmest THANK YOU to all of the groups and individuals who dedicated their time and energy in 2019 and 2020 to make Osoyoos the wonderful community it is.  2019 and 2020 Volunteer Award Nominations and Winners Best Volunteer Project 2019 WINNER: Canada Day Fireworks - Osoyoos Fireworks Committee 2020 Nominees: Wellness Check-in Calls - Desert Valley Hospice Society  2020 WINNER: New Building Project - Osoyoos & District Museum and Archives Outstanding Community Group 2019 Nominees: Osoyoos Festival Society 2019 WINNER: Osoyoos Concert Series 2020 Nominees: Osoyoos Schools Breakfast Program Osoyoos Farmers’ Market/Market on Main 2020 WINNER: Pioneer Walkway Volunteers Outstanding Individual Volunteer 2020 Nominees: Greg Torget George Peters Joanne Ziebart Dianne Lang Ingrid Nicholson Mike Truchan Leonard Gebhart Danny Barr 2020 WINNER: Larry Stone Congratulations to all the volunteer award nominees and winners!
  • 1 April 2021
    Boil Water Notice Agricultural Irrigation Systems 8 & 9 effective April 1 The Town of Osoyoos has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE for Domestic Water Customers served by Agricultural Irrigation Systems 8 & 9 Effective April 1, 2021 until further notice.    Please refer to the first three digits (008 or 009) of the account number on your annual utilities invoice, or click System 8 or System 9. System 8 and 9 Maps will show highlighted parcels - Yellow means BOIL WATER, BLUE means connected to Town Domestic System and is not required to boil their water. During this time period the water source is switched from groundwater (well source) to Osoyoos Lake surface water supply.  While the Osoyoos Lake water is chlorinated, the current disinfection process is not adequate to protect from bacterial, viral and protozoan pathogens that may be present in the surface water source.  The Town of Osoyoos and Interior Health recommend individuals drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice. Agricultural Irrigation Systems 8 & 9 customers water intended for drinking, washing ready to eat fruits and vegetables, making beverages, ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute.  You may also experience discolored water due to Spring flows.  To clear your water please flush your lines by turning on an exterior tap or the bathtub and run cold water for 10 to 15 mins or until water clears. Interior Health has been consulted, and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved. The Town of Osoyoos has completed portions within System 8 and 9 for the Twinning projects.     The Town continues to work on ways of providing improvements to our water quality.  The public will be notified when these projects are completed. Please notify tenants, visitors, or other building occupants of the boil water notice. Thank you in advance for your patience. Click here for a Printable Version of the Boil Water Notice and Maps. If you have any further questions please contact: Operational Services Department Box 3010, 11500 115 Street Osoyoos BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6213  (E)  pubworks@osoyoos.ca
  • 31 January 2021
    Time to Renew your Dog's License by January 31, 2021 Licensing and Control of Dogs, Bylaw 1036, 2016 Dog License Brochure The Town requires pet owners to register their dogs and renew their license annually. A dog license with up to date information ensures the Town can contact you if your pet is found. If you own a dog over six months of age, it must be licensed – even indoor pets. The fine for having an unlicensed pet is $50 per dog. Licenses are affordable and can be easily obtained by mail or in person. The fee is $22.00 per dog and $12.00 for a spayed or neutered dog. The Town accepts Cash, Cheque, Interec/Debit, e-Transfers and NOW Credit Cards (MasterCard/Visa) which will include a convenience fee. For more information on dog licensing please refer to Animal Control and Licensing. Town of Osoyoos Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (E)  info@osoyoos.ca
  • 30 October 2020
    UPDATES on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan | Visitor Screening Form | PreparedBC Pandemic Preparedness Guide Check this page regularly for ongoing updates on the Coronavirus situation as it relates to Town of Osoyoos facilities, programs, services and events.   Interior Health Mobile Immunization Clinic in Osoyoos - July 15 and 16 Interior Health’s mobile immunization clinic will make a stop in Osoyoos on July 15 and 16 for anyone who has not yet received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.   No advance appointments are necessary for this clinic. People who live or work in the Osoyoos area will be able to walk-up, register and receive a COVID-19 vaccine.   Interior Health’s mobile immunization clinics are a partnership with the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA), and are travelling through the Interior region, making stops in over 40 communities along the way.   Drop-In Vaccinations               Location:        Gyro Osoyoos Park, 15 Park Place             Time:              Thursday July 15 and Friday July 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.             Who:              People in the Osoyoos area who are born in 2009 or earlier, and who have not yet received their first dose of  the COVID-19 vaccine.  Click here for Interior Health's PSA on Mobile Immunization in Osoyoos Immunization Information If you have already received your vaccine or are registered to get your vaccine soon – thank you. If you haven’t yet registered, please register today through one of the following options: 1. Online: Go to https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/ 2. By phone: Call 1-833-838-2323, seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm (PDT). Translators are available. When you register, you will receive a confirmation number right away. Very soon afterward, you will be notified by text, email or phone call to book your vaccine appointment.   Interior Health Contact Information For non-medical questions or concerns about COVID-19, a provincial phone service has been established for British Columbians. They are open 7 days a week from 7:30am to 8:00pm and can be reached at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or by text at 604-630-0300. Posted November 13 @ 9:30am COVID-19 Immunization Campaign Q&A Posted March 12, 2021 Interior Health COVID-19 Pandemic Response Posted January 4, 2021   Town Communication The Town of Osoyoos is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely to ensure we continue to respond to emerging issues as they relate to Town facilities, programs, services and events. This includes following the direction of Interior Health, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control or the Government of Canada.   While the COVID-19 situation is changing daily around the world, we are mindful that our community is concerned about the potential impact of the further spread of the coronavirus and we are acting accordingly to do what we can to support public safety. 2020 07 06 Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan Please click on the link below to view current/previous Bulletins posted. https://osoyoos.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/94866  OPEN Facilities IF YOU ARE SICK OR EXPERIENCING FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS PLEASE DO NOT ENTER or USE THESE FACILITIES. If you make an appointment you will be asked to fill out a “Visitor Screening Form” before entering the premises. Please practice social/physical distancing at these locations/facilities. Town Hall 250.495.6515 9AM-4PM Monday-Friday (Excluding Statutory Holidays) Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Sunbowl Arena 250.495.6562 Contact Sonora Community Centre for more information. Goodman Park Washroom 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca Marina Washroom 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca Dog Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Osoyoos Regional Library 250.860.4033 Please refer to their website. Osoyoos& District Sanitary Landfill 250.495.6515 landfill@osoyoos.ca Outdoor Pickleball Courts 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Parks & Trails (unless identified below) 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Play Structure at Kinsmen Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Play Structure at Lions Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Skateboard Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Tennis Courts 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca West Bench Complex 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca   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 info@osoyoos.ca Osoyoos EOC 250.495.4635 eoc@osoyoos.ca

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