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Council Meeting Highlights March 19, 2018

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Council Meeting Highlights March 19, 2018

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   Committee of the Whole                              Regular Open Meeting


  • Council discussed the Accessibility Committee which would be comprised of six people to a maximum of eight people.  CAO Romanko stated that staff would not be included in the size of the committee.  Director Davis will be the Chair of the Committee.
  • Council reviewed the Community Services Grant Program and approved the recommended applicants and resolved to move this business to the Regular Meeting of Council for approval.
  • Council directed staff to move forward without additional public consultation on cannabis service implementation beyond the needed public hearings relating to zoning bylaw amendments.  Council directed staff to develop a letter to the Province for the Mayor’s, requesting clarification relating to the decision to allow for public consumption of cannabis and seeking out the province’s interest in establishment of public cannabis smoking venues.


Water Matters

  • Water District Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1241.11, 2018 was read three times. The Town of Osoyoos operates their rural water system under the Water District Rates and Regulations Bylaw 1241. Each year the Town’s bylaws are reviewed and when changes are required they are brought forward as an amending bylaw to update the content and/or fees and charges.


  • Council directed staff to write a letter of Support for the Community Adult Literacy Program for the Mayor’s Signature.  Brianne Niznikowski is applying for funding to help adults with reading, writing and math difficulties, through the South Okanagan Community Literacy Program, Okanagan College.


  • Sewer Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1065.19, 2018 was adopted.  The Town of Osoyoos operates their sewer system under the Town’s Sewer Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1065. Each year the Town’s bylaws are reviewed and when changes are required they are brought forward as an amending bylaw to update the content and/or the fees and charges.
  • Waste Management Services and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1309.04, 2018 was adopted. This Bylaw was established to set regulations for services to collect and dispose of solid waste and recyclable materials within the Town of Osoyoos, and for materials accepted at the Osoyoos Sanitary landfill.
  • Water Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1242.10 was adopted. The Town of Osoyoos operates their Town water system under Water Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1242.  Each year the Town’s bylaws are reviewed and when changes are required they are brought forward as an amending bylaw to update the content and/or the fees and charges.
  • 5 year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1339 was adopted.  Section 165 of the Community Charter requires municipalities to prepare a Financial Plan for a period of five years, which is adopted annually by bylaw. The Charter also requires council to undertake a process of public consultation regarding the proposed financial plan before it is adopted. The Public can make representation at the regular open meeting (see notices on the Town’s website).
  • Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.105, 2018 was read for a first and second time. This amendment is for Council to consider rezoning to include a new definition for “recreational vehicle storage lot” which removes the requirement to have “neighbourhood consent” and remove the ability to have a sani-dump in association with the storage lot.  Recreational vehicles will still be permitted on residential properties as an accessory use to a residence.  The bylaw will also amend the Recreational Vehicle Park/Campground zone to include a minimum setback of 2.25 metres between recreational vehicle pads.  Recreational vehicles will also be required to comply with the general setbacks for all other uses within this zone.  The proposed bylaw proposes to include new definitions for ‘first stage recovery’ and ‘supportive recovery’.  These new definitions are being proposed in advance of any application to rezone a specific property to allow for a supportive recovery operation.
  • Housing Agreement Bylaw No. 1340, 2018 was read three times.  This is an amendment to Bylaw 1328 and amendment 1328.01.  Lots 3 and 16 were registered as affordable housing lots.  Hartmut Buckendahl of 1068612 BC Ltd, has made a request to transfer the affordable housing covenant that was originally set up on lot 3 to lot 14.


  • Council approved the 2018 – 2021 Business Plan.  The Director of Finance has provided Council and the public with an overview of the financial changes proposed in the 2018 budget and capital plan.  The 2018-21 Business Plan identifies projects identified for implementation in 2018 and planned for future years.
  • Council approved the 2018 Community Service Grants Recommendations.  This year the Town allocated $65,000 in available funding.  Councillor Campol and Councillor King with staff reviewed the over 25 applicants and short-listed the requests that fit the criteria. 


  • Councillor King attended the Grand Opening of the Family Friendly Washrooms at the Sonora Centre.
  • Councillor King attended a meeting with Destination Osoyoos Economic Development Committee.
  • Councillor Campol reviewed the Rural Education report that was released from the Provincial government.
  • Councillor Campol encouraged everyone to come out and cheer on the Coyotes Tuesday and Wednesday as they take on the Revelstoke Grizzlies.
  • Councillor Youngberg attended the 44th Annual Atom Fiesta.
  • Councillor Rhodes attended the RDOS meeting.
  • Mayor McKortoff attended the open house at the Osoyoos Elementary School.
  • Mayor McKortoff attended the production of Aladdin at the Osoyoos Secondary School. Congratulations to all those involved.
  • Mayor McKortoff attended the Mayors Caucus in Squamish.
  • Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to attend the Easter Eggstravaganza.

Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website

Event date: 
Monday, 26 March, 2018
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