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Council Meeting Highlights May 7, 2018

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Committee of the Whole  Regular Open Meeting   

  • Christopher Lewis, Grade 3 Teacher & Students at Osoyoos Elementary School made a presentation to the Council.  Mr. Lewis has  implemented a behavior management classroom economy for students in grade 3. Mr. Lewis wants to teach the student’s life skills and there are four main goals that they can use throughout their life: participation in real life economy, learning that choices they make have an opportunity cost, learning value of a paycheck and learning how to budget. 


  • Proposed Design for New Main Sewage Lift Station – The Director of Operational Services gave council a project update on the Proposed Design for the New Main Sewage Lift Station.
  • Records Management System – The Director of Corporate Services advised about the Town’s Records Management System.  Council directed staff to bring the following to the May 22nd Regular Open Meeting for consideration, Town of Osoyoos Records Management Bylaw No. 1341, 2018, Records Management Policy CORP-012, Council Protocol and Records Management Policy CCL-003, Amendment to Progressive Discipline Policy HR-020, Amendment to Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1271, 2010 and Replacement of Document Retention Procedure PR-CORP-006.
  • Emergency Management Update – The Director of Corporate Services gave an update on the Osoyoos Lake and Similkameen River.  The Director encouraged everyone who flooded last year to take precaution and start sandbagging now.  Anyone wishing to volunteer to help sandbag can contact the Town Office and the Town can provide information to those who need it.
  • Fire Protection and Life Safety Bylaw No. 1333, 2018 – The Chief Administrative Officer gave a report on the Fire Protection and Life Safety Bylaw No. 1333, 2018.  Council directed staff to bring to Council for debate and decision.

Business arising from prior minutes

  • The Chief Administrative Officer reported about the Osoyoos Housing Society (OHS) Temporary Housing Project.  Council approved entering into an agreement with the Osoyoos Indian Band to change the no build covenant in the Assumption Agreement to enable the Housing Societyinstallation of a 49 unit residential camp for a maximum 5 year period.  Council approved providing a subsidy to the Osoyoos Housing Society that will include the waiver of water and sewer hookup and inspection fees and capacity charges related to sewer and fire services and that the cost be no more than $17,500.00 subject to the signing of a Council approved Affordable Housing Supply Agreement.  Council directed administration to develop the needed service agreements with the Osoyoos Indian Band and the Osoyoos Housing Society (OHS) to enable the development of the housing camp and that all administrative and legal costs be the responsibility of OHS.


  • Council provided the requested $2500 using the community development funds for the meal and makes the BC Growers’ fund available to improve the camping area on the Church grounds.




  • Councillor King attended the BBQ fundraiser at the Gyro Park.  Thanked Town Staff for putting the event together.
  • Councillor King attended the Hike for Hospice Walk.
  • Councillor Rhodes advised that work has started on the New Dog Park.  Encouraged residents to contact Councillor Rhodes if you have any suggestions or ideas to improve the park.
  • Councillor Youngberg attended the SILGA Convention in Revelstoke
  • Councillor Youngberg encouraged residents to attend the Public Consultation meeting for the Airport at Sonora Centre on May 7th and May 8th.
  • Councillor Youngberg encouraged everyone to come out on and cheer on everyone participation in the Big Bike Ride on May 9th.
  • Mayor McKortoff thanked Town staff for organizating the BBQ Fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
  • Mayor McKortoff encouraged residents to attend Market on Main which is held every Saturday at Town square until the end of September from 9:00 am– 1:00 pm.
  • Mayor McKortoff received the community Recognition Merit award for its support of the BC Wood Industry and its commitment to use wood from Woodworks Canada for the Osoyoos Fire Hall.
  • Mayor McKortoff encouraged residents to attend the Medieval Faire being held at Desert Park.

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, 07 May, 2018
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