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Council Meeting Highlights for November 6, 2017

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Council Meeting Highlights for November 6, 2017

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  • Brenda Dorosz & Gaye Horne of the Osoyoos Gift Cupboard made a presentation to Council looking for a safe spot for Vince to put his tent and tarped stuff for the winter.  Council has directed staff to bring back a staff report on Homelessness to the November 20th 2017 Regular Council meeting.
  • Paul Daminato, Executive Member & Herb Wycherely, Board Chair of the Osoyoos Golf Course made a presentation to Council.  The Golf Course has hired a new GM Doug Rob and he will be starting later in November.  The Osoyoos Golf Course is asking for $300,000 funding from the Town of Osoyoos to continue the Osoyoos Golf Club Irrigation project and to be able to proceed with other funding opportunities.


  • CAO Romanko stated that Operational Services was trying to fix a roof that is “unfixable” at the Osoyoos Museum.  CAO Romanko gave some options of moving the office and the archive area to Destination Osoyoos, Cactus Centre.  Council has directed staff to bring a report of options available to the Osoyoos Museum for their office/archives to Council for consideration.



  • Council has approved the requested Development Permit Application (DVP 17-02) and authorized the issuance of Development Variance Permit No. 17-02 to vary the following section of Zoning Bylaw No. 1085, 1998 – Section to reduce the minimum rear lot line setback from 9 m to 1.2m to facilitate a deck addition to the existing single family dwelling.
  • Application for Liquor License: Structural Change to Existing License – 8527 Main Street. The owners of Golden Chopsticks Restaurant have applied to the Liquor Licensing Branch to add “Patron Participation and Entertainment” to their existing liquor license.  The Branch requests that Council consider the application and provide the Branch with a resolution within 90 days of the receipt of the application.  Council will opt out of leading a public consultation process and directed staff to provide comments and the location and extended liquor service hours of 8527 Main Street, to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, in the event that the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch asks for staff input.
  • Victim Services Program – application for funding.  The Town has administered the Victim Services Program on behalf of the Province for many years.  Through the past few renewals, council has expressed concern regarding the amount of funding that has been received from the Program for the program.  Staff have been directed to complete the funding application for the Victim Services Program for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  Council also directed staff to send a letter to the Osoyoos Indian Band requesting them to cost share in the Victim Service Program.
  • Osoyoos Arts Center and Senior Slow Pitch Funding Request includes dug outs on the senior men’s slow pitch diamond and window replacement at the Arts Center.  Staff reviewed these items as potential capital projects for 2018, but we have community services grant funding remaining that can accommodate these requests this year.  The Osoyoos Arts building is in need of newer windows and some regular maintenance.  Council will provide the necessary funding in the amount of $3350 (plus GST) to the Osoyoos & District Arts Council to replace the windows in the Arts Center from the community service grants remaining funds; and Council will provide the requested funds in the amount of $6310 (plus GST) for the dugouts at the West Bench ball diamond from the community service grants remaining funds.
  • Amendment to Severe Weather Policy for Town of Osoyoos Sanitary Landfill (PW-016) has been approved by Council.  This policy amendment is for the recent wind events at the Osoyoos Sanitary Landfill. Originally the policy was for 64 km/hr wind speed and thus suspension of processing at the landfill.  With recent wind events this limit does not adequately protect the Public and Town staff from the dangers of flying debris.  Town Council reduced the wind speed in the policy to 40 km/hr.
  • Council advised staff to initiate the discussion of the lease agreement which expires March 2018 for the Gyro Beach Concession Lease with Bordertown Enterprises for an additional five years with discussions to include bistro tables and chairs, review of Animal Control Bylaw No. 1316, 2016 and discussion on the sale of alcohol at the concession.
  • The Operational Department was tasked with researching possible new designs for the Town of Osoyoos Welcome signs.  To achieve this a Request for Proposals was issued. Council formed a Welcome Sign Committee with two representatives from Destination Osoyoos and two Council members to make a recommendation on the design for the Town of Osoyoos Welcome signs.  Council appointed Councillor King and Councillor Youngberg to the Town of Osoyoos Welcome Signs Committee.
  • Council has awarded the contract for the 2017 Capital Works Program (Finch Crescent Rehab & 68th Avenue. Intersection Improvements) to Mike Johnson Excavating Ltd in the amount of $195,903.80 (taxes included).  These improvements include enhanced pedestrian safety at 68 Avenue and Highway No. 3, reconstruction of 270 m of Finch Crescent North of 74 Avenue (oldest pavement section in the Town).
  • The 232 Bighorn Air Cadet Squadron has requested financial support from the Town of Osoyoos in the amount of $3,000 to install solar panels on their building.  The total cost for the project is $35,000.  The squadron building is in Oliver but there are cadets from Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls. Council directed the financial request be forwarded to the 2018 grant in aid program.


  • Councillor Campol attended the National Park Announcement.
  • Councillor Campol attended a meeting with Minister of Health Adrian Dix at the Oliver Hospital that included many other government representatives.
  • Councillor King attended the Community Services Committee meeting
  • Councillor King attended the National Park Announcement
  • Councillor Youngberg thanked Michelle Quail and all the businesses for organizing Trick or Treat on Main Street.
  • Councillor Youngberg Congratulated Community Services and the Elks Club for the Halloween Howl.
  • Mayor McKortoff attended meetings in Ottawa on behalf of the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control.
  • Mayor McKortoff attended the Games a Foot play in Oliver put on by South Okanagan Amateur Players (SOAP).  Thanked SOAP for putting on wonderful plays.
  • Mayor McKortoff attended the Desert Sun Counselling Empty Bowls event at Watermark.
  • Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies that are being held at the Sonora Centre at 11:00 am.
  • Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to attend the Christmas Craft Show at the Elks Hall on November 12th.
  • Mayor McKortoff reminded everyone that the Soroptimist Fashion Show and Breakfast is being held at the watermark on November 18th.

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, 06 November, 2017
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