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Council Meeting Highlights for March 20, 2017

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Council Meeting Highlights for March 20, 2017

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  • Executive Director and the Curator of the Osoyoos Museum Kara Burton,  and President, Matt Hassen provided an Osoyoos Museum Society Annual Update.  This update provided information regarding the location move in early 2020 and what their vision will be with the building.  They are hoping the new museum will be open by Spring/Summer 2020.
  • Presentation by Dan Parker and residents of Pinehurst regarding the Unsightly lot they look at and what can be done.  Mayor McKortoff advised that council will look into this matter.
  • Kelley Glazer, Executive Director for Destination Osoyoos made a presentation about moving Destination Osoyoos to the Visitor Centre in 2018.
  • Jim Cleghorn, Treasurer of the Mental Wellness Centre made a presentation regarding the South Okanagan Similkameen Mental Wellness Society.  He explained 1 in 5 people will suffer from mental illness, 8% of adults will suffer from depression and 1% will suffer from bipolar.  He stated that the Martin House is for teens over 16 but if someone who was under 16 came to the centre they would ensure that they received help.  Mr. Cleghorn stated they are having a hard time recruiting volunteers.



  • Hart Buckendahl and residents for the East Bench made a presentation regarding the possible Boundary Expansion.  They advised they have 66 signatures of property owners from the area who want to join the Town of Osoyoos and are aware of another potential 6.  They are willing to do whatever takes to make this happen.


Water Matters


  • Water Distribution System Extension and Looping Lakeshore Drive at 56th Avenue to Hwy No.3 at 53 Street and extension of the reclaimed water irrigation system to the Osoyoos Secondary School.  This item was brought back by Mayor McKortoff for reconsideration of the resolution passed at the March 6th 2017 meeting in accordance with Section 131 of the Community Charter.  Council awarded the contract for Lakeshore Drive Water Main; Highway No. 3 to 56 Avenue to Mike Johnson Excavation Ltd in the amount of $318,018.75.
  • Council approved the expenditure of Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funds Phases 3 – 5 Canal Trail paving from 100 Avenue to distance that can be funded with the budgeted amount to enable trail loop completion.
  • South Okanagan Transit – BC Transit Operating Agreements – Council approved that notice be given to BC Transit that the Town of Osoyoos wishes to assign to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) their rights and responsibilities of the agreements related to the service provision of the South Okanagan Transit System including the Transit Service Agreement.  This assignment is requested to be effective upon execution by the RDOS of the appropriate new agreement(s) with BC Transit.
  • Final Parks and Trails Master Plan (PF15-02) – Council received and endorsed the Osoyoos Parks and Trails Master Plan.


  • Councillor King attended Destination Osoyoos (DO) Economic Development Committee new initiatives – new website for Economic Development that has two different portals: Relocation and Business.  Staff from DO will be meeting with South Okanagan Film commission to find out needs and wants.
  • Councillor Rhodes congratulated the Osoyoos Coyotes for their success. Thanked them for acting as Ambassadors for our community and the work they do for the community.
  • Councillor Rhodes reminded pet owners to take care of their pets and pick up after them.
  • Councillor Campol said it was great to see Sun Bowl Arena packed with hockey tournaments and Coyotes games.
  • Mayor McKortoff attended the Regional District Meetings.
  • Mayor McKortoff attended the Okanagan Basin Water Board Meetings.
  • Mayor McKortoff had a teleconference with the Osoyoos Lake Water Control Board.
  • Mayor McKortoff attended the 43rd opening ceremonies for the Atom Fiesta.
  • Mayor McKortoff congratulated the Osoyoos Drama Club for their performance of Beauty and the Beast.
  • Mayor McKortoff encouraged people to attend the Public Hearing at the Sonora Centre at 4:30pm on March 20, 2017

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 9:00 AM 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, 20 March, 2017
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