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Council Meeting Highlights for March 2, 2015

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Council Meeting Highlights for March 2, 2015

 Committee of the Whole  Regular Open


  • Osoyoos Desert Society – presented by Denise Eastlick, Executive Director


  • 74 Avenue Project Part A and Part B - Council provided pre-budget approval for the project Part A and Part B in the amount of $731,000 (Councillor Rhodes left this portion of the meeting due to a conflict of interest).


  • Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) – Update – Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. The program was previously scheduled to end in 2016.  The letter provides notice that the Province will continue to provide funding to the end of 2017 - potentially $300,000.  An updated memorandum will be required for the additional year.


  • Water Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw 1242.07, 2015 – Council resolved that Bylaw 1242.07, 2015 be read a first, second and third time.
  • Sewer Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw 1065.16, 2015 – Council resolved that Bylaw 1065.16, 2015 be read a first, second and third time.
  • Waste Management Services and Regulations Amendment Bylaw 1309, 2015. Mayor McKortoff noted the change in tipping fees was necessary due to the number of loads from other jurisdictions being dumped at the Osoyoos landfill. Council resolved that Bylaw No. 1309, 2015 read a first, second and third time.                              
  • 2015 – 2019 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw 1310, 2015. Total increase per single family residence - $24.93. Council resolved that Bylaw 1310, 2015 be read a first, second and third time as amended.


  • Osoyoos Art Gallery – Request for Permanent Art Installation outside of Art Gallery. Administration to follow up on infrastructure impacts.
  • Employee Service Recognition Policy - Council approved the policy as amended.
  • Report 1 ALR Exclusion Application for Effa Property at 9419 Spartan Drive. Convening of a public information meeting is at Council’s discretion. Council to postpone making a decision on supporting ALC approval of the ALR exclusion application until after convening a public information meeting.
  • Reflection Point Development – Eight More Sewer Services.  Council approved the sale of eight additional units to the Development at the price stated in the policy at $23,790, plus related taxes.
  • Report 5 Gyro Park Plaza – Stage ‘B’ Plaza Extension. Council resolved that the Stage B work of the Extension project be tendered prior to the end of August, 2015.
  • Community Service Grants – Councillor King and Councillor Campol appointed to review the annual Grant submissions with the Director of Community Services; And the appointment will be for the remainder of the current Council term.
  • Community Service Grants – Provincial Team Funding. Council approves awarding $500 to each of the three SOMHA teams and the high school basketball team, who have qualified for their respective provincial tournaments scheduled for March 2015. Mayor McKortoff will forward a challenge to other local Councils to support players from their communities who will be participating in the provincial tournaments.
  • Miller Springs Limited – Request for Support regarding FORTIS BC Upgrade from Single Phase to Three Phase Power. No action was taken.

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

The public is encouraged to attend the Committee of the Whole meetings which take place in Council Chambers at 9:00AM on the morning of the Regular Open Council meetings at 2:00 PM to learn additional in-depth information regarding upcoming business.


Event date: 
Monday, 02 March, 2015
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