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Council Meeting Highlights for May 19, 2015

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Council Meeting Highlights for May 19, 2015

Click on either button to watch the video of the Committee of the Whole and the Regular Open meetings.

 Committee of the Whole Regular Open


  • Okanagan Nation Alliance and Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre Partnerships, presented by Charlotte Stringam, General Manager NDCC, Richard Bussanich, ONA and Ingrid  Jarrett, Watermark Beach Resort. Protection of salmon. Mayor McKortoff thanked the delegation and noted that Osoyoos will be hosting 3rd Lakewater Science Forum in the fall of 2015. Staff will work with the partners.
  • Presenter - Richard Toperczer, Regional Manager Regional Economic Operations, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. Mandate is to work with people in the region to generate the economy and create jobs.
  • Osoyoos Royalty Candidates – Emma Fernandes, Tianna Morgan, and Bailey Toepfer.


  • Report accepted from Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) May 8, 2015. Register online for the Make Water Work project to win a xeriscape package.
  • Osoyoos Museum Society New Museum Project – Letter from Museum Society to RDOS Chair Mark Pendergraft - Council resolved that a staff report be brought to the Committee of Whole meeting on June 1, 2015 concerning appointment of an official liaison to the Osoyoos Museum Society.


  • 2015 – 2018 Departmental Business Plan activity updates reported.·       
  • Airport Lands - Council provided direction to Administration to stop all action for repurposing airport lands to commercial industrial purposes.
  • Museum Funding from Home Builders Lease - Council approved the request for $42,000 to fund the Osoyoos Museum Society projects as requested.
  • Landfill Fee Reduction Request - Mr. Pond came forward to advise Council that their material was taken to landfill and there is no rate for burned material. Council approved a refund, identified an amount of 40% reduction in the overall cost.
  • Landfill Fees Amendment Proposed - Council directed Administration to prepare a report providing options to amend the Waste Management Bylaw 1309 setting a new category for burn material with the fees identified at the same rate as Non-assessed demolition waste.
  • Recruitment - Council approved a salary of $39.50/hour for the new Senior Planner position to be added to Schedule A of the Collective Agreement between the Town of Osoyoos and CUPE Local 608.


  • Gyro Park Pier – process not fully determined – pier will not be a boat facility but an extension of walking path.
  • Public Works Week May 17 – 23, 2015.  Town public works staff are very busy planting, cleaning up and working hard.  Council urged everyone to thank them for their good work.
  • Public Works - Noted that there will be an open house on June 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Sonora Centre to explain the 74th Avenue Reconstruction program.
  • Museum and Home Builders – Regional District (RDOS) agreed to extend the lease. 

Council expressed condolences to the family of John Slater on his recent passing. John Slater was a positive leader and served four terms as Councillor, two terms as Mayor and one term as provincial MLA.  The three flags in front of Town Hall have been lowered in Mr. Slater’s honour. John will be missed.
Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages
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: 
Tuesday, 19 May, 2015
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