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  • 16 July 2022
    Osoyoos Story Walk  Join in on our new outdoor reading experience! StoryWalk® boards have now been installed along Gyro Park Walk way starting at the Gyro Park parking lot and ends at the Osoyoos Sailing Club. While you enjoy the trail, you and your kids can read the story "Max Goes to the Space Station" by Jeffrey Bennett. The story has a little bit for every age and will spark the imagination and curiosity of your children while enjoying a walk along the water!  StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.   
  • 1 July 2022
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Relief Landfill Weigh Scale Clerk Open Until Filled The Town of Osoyoos in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Relief Landfill Weigh Scale Clerk. Position Information The Town of Osoyoos Operational Services Department is inviting applications for relief Landfill Weigh Scale Clerk. The successful applicant will be required to operate a scale house, monitor users and inspect loads, charge appropriate fees, collect payment, and educate the public on waste disposal practices. The Preferred applicant will have some post-secondary education with some accounting or bookkeeping knowledge. Completion of a BC Qualified Landfill Operations course would be an asset.  This position is a part-time unionized position with the requirement to work flexible hours including weekends. The hourly rate is $25.09- $27.88 plus 15% in lieu of benefits. Osoyoos is situated in a unique and special environment that includes the warmest freshwater lake in Canada and the warmest annual temperature. It is Canada's only true desert with the lowest annual precipitation and Sonoran Desert flora and fauna. Surrounded by stunning vistas, beautiful vineyards, fabulous golf courses and other outdoor amenities it is an extraordinary area to visit, play in and live. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online or by email to careers@osoyoos.ca with a letter of interest and resume. The posting will be open until filled and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate is hired. Click here for full job description Brianne Hillson  Director of Corporate Services (E) careers@osoyoos.ca We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • 3 June 2022
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Utility Operator Deadline June 3 2022 The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley is accepting applications for the position of Utility Operator. Position Information The Town of Osoyoos is seeking an individual motivated to assist the Town's Operational Services department perform maintenance functions for roads, sidewalks, grounds, boulevards, parks and cemetery. The Utility Operation performs various tasks related to buildings, roads, sidewalk repairs, underground utilities, and other public work projects. The successful applicant must be able to use a variety of tools and equipment such as jackhammers, tamping machine, drill, various power tools, etc.  The Utility Operator position performs snow and ice removal functions using tractors and shovels, maintains boulevards by trimming, weeding and removing debris and using hand and light powered equipment in parks. Other duties include maintenance and repair of irrigation systems and park washrooms, installing, repairing, painting and transporting various parks, playground equipment, construction of forms and concrete pads. The Utility Operator prepares plots for burials or ash internments and works around heavy equipment. The preferred candidate will have graduated High School, has a current and valid Class 5 BC Driver's License. The following certificates would be considered an asset for the preferred candidate: WHMIS, Crane Operator Certificate, Transportation of dangerous Goods Training, and Irrigation Ticket. This position is a full-time unionized position that is 40 hours/week. The hourly rate is $28.94-$32.15 per hour, plus an attractive benefits package. Osoyoos is situated in a unique and special environment that includes the warmest freshwater lake in Canada and the warmest annual temperature. It is Canada's only true desert with the lowest annual precipitation and Sonoran Desert flora and fauna. Surrounded by stunning vistas, beautiful vineyards, fabulous golf courses and other outdoor amenities it is an extraordinary area to visit, play in and live. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online or email careers@osoyoos.ca with a letter of interest and resume. Resume deadline is Friday June 3, 2022 at 4:00 PM. Click Here for full job description Brianne Hillson  Director of Corporate Services (E) careers@osoyoos.ca We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  
  • 3 June 2022
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Operations Technician Deadline June 3, 2022 The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley is accepting applications for the position of Operations Technician. Position Information Reporting to the Director of Operational Services, this full-time unionized position will provide support to the Operational Services department through technical and administrative work related to the completion of a variety of engineering activities and projects. This position requires a degree of independence and sound professional judgement. The Operations Technician supports the department by assisting team members in their duties as required, meet service expectations, department goals and objectives. The Operations Technician acts as one of the primary points of contact for initial front counter and phone inquires and complaints from the public and external agencies regarding the municipality's engineering regulations and processes, and development application requirements related to engineering. The Operations Technician aids in response to inquiries from the public, developers, contractors, consultants, or other agencies. This position requires the successful applicant to review and assist with permit applications, engineering drawings, calculations and contract documents to ensure compliance with established design and standards. The preferred candidate will have graduated High School and has a Certificate of Technology from a recognized Technical Institute in Civil Engineering, related to civil engineering design, survey and drafting, plus additional specialized courses in municipal infrastructure field or equivalent combination of training and experience. The ideal candidate would be eligible for registration with the ASTTBC and has a minimum of 5 years of related experience in local government engineering, and or development control and a current and valid Class 5 BC Driver's License. This is a full-time unionized position that is 35 hours/week. The hourly rate for this position is $36.04 - $44.49 per hour depending on qualifications, plus an attractive benefits package. Osoyoos is situated in a unique and special environment that includes the warmest freshwater lake in Canada and the warmest annual temperature. It is Canada's only true desert with the lowest annual precipitation and Sonoran Desert flora and fauna. Surrounded the stunning vistas, beautiful vineyards, fabulous golf courses and other outdoor amenities it is an extraordinary area to visit, play in and live. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online or email careers@osoyoos.ca with a letter of interest and resume. Resume deadline is Friday, June 3, 2022 at 4:00 PM.  Click here for a full job description Brianne Hillson Director of Corporate Services (E) careers@osoyoos.ca We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • 2 June 2022
    ACCESSIBILITY AND AGE FRIENDLY COMMITTEE  MEETING   Date: June 2,2022 Time: 4:00pm Place: Electronic meeting via Zoom  Purpose: To conduct the regular business of the Accessibility and Age Friendly Committee  To view agenda please click link:http://osoyoos.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentDisplay.aspx?Id=114640  
  • 27 May 2022
    Expression of Interest Commercial Slips at Desert Sunrise Marina The Town will consider expressions of interest (EOI) for commercial slips in the marina as per the current Marina Operations Policy. There are two commercial slips vacant and they will only be available for the 2022 season. Key excerpts from the Policy, the required Marina Moorage License Agreement, and proposal evaluation include the following:    The EOI must include a detailed operating plan, and information on the vessel (s). The Town’s evaluation criteria will take into consideration overall operations of the marina and environmental impacts.  The slip rate is $2000 plus tax for the duration of the 2022 season ending on October 31st.  Maximum length of boats is 26 feet, including swim grid and pulpit.  3 million dollars in Commercial Liability Insurance is required which names the Town as an additional insured.  Boat Lifts and Personal Water Crafts are prohibited in the Marina.  Prior to the issuance of a business license, all Transport Canada certification and licensing must be met and proven for all equipment and staff. Click the links below for the Marina Operations Policy or the Marina Moorage Licence Agreement Marina Operations Policy Marina Moorage License Agreement EOI’s must be received at Town of Osoyoos main office by noon on Friday, May 27, 2022, in a sealed envelope clearly marked Marina Commercial Slip Expression of Interest. The Town reserves the right to reject any or all EOI’s or accept the EOI deemed most favorable in the interests of the Town.                                                                           Gerald Davis, Director of Community Services                                                                           Town of Osoyoos                                                                           Box 3010, 8711 Main Street                                                                           Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0                                                                           250.495.6562                                                                           recreation@osoyoos.ca
  • 27 May 2022
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Summer Student Recreation Leaders - Community Services Deadline May 27 2022 We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic individual, to join the Town of Osoyoos Community Services Department. The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley is accepting applications for the position of Summer Student Recreation Leaders - Community Services. Position Information Energetic, caring, individuals needed from June 27, 2022 - August 26, 2022. Applicants with previous experience working with children, a current First Aid Certificate, High Five training and Swimming/Life guarding are encouraged to apply. This is a bargaining unit position in conjunction with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - "Canada Summer Jobs", with a present wage rate of $18.15 per hour plus 6% in lieu of benefits. Osoyoos is situated in a unique and special environment that includes the warmest freshwater lake in Canada and the warmest annual temperature. It is Canada's only true desert with the lowest annual precipitation and Sonoran Desert flora and fauna. Surrounded by stunning vistas, beautiful vineyards, fabulous golf courses and other outdoor amenities it is an extraordinary area to visit, play in and live.  Applicants are encouraged to apply to careers@osoyoos.ca with "Summer Student Recreation Leaders" in the subject line or apply online with a letter of interest and resume by 4:00 PM Friday May 27, 2022. Brianne Hillson Director of Corporate Services (E) careers@osoyoos.ca We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  
  • 27 May 2022
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Student Park Ambassador Deadline May 27 2022 The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley is accepting applications for the position of Student Park Ambassador. Position Information The Town of Osoyoos is currently looking for someone who loves the outdoors, interacting with people and is outgoing. If this sounds appealing, the Town of Osoyoos is currently accepting applications for a Seasonal Park Ambassador. This position interacts with residents and guests in Town parks and trails throughout Osoyoos. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and the ability to be mobile throughout the entire shift visiting the various parks and trails in the community. This position requires the successful candidate to be able to operate an e-bike. This position is a Part-Time Seasonal unionized position. The hourly rate of pay is $21.11 per hour. Osoyoos is situated in a unique and special environment that includes the warmest freshwater lake in Canada and the warmest annual temperature. It is Canada's only true desert with the lowest annual precipitation and Sonoran Desert flora and fauna. Surrounded by stunning vistas, beautiful vineyards, fabulous golf courses and other outdoor amenities it is an extraordinary area to visit, play in and live. This position is being funded in conjunction with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - "Canada Summer Jobs". Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply to careers@osoyoos.ca or online with a letter of interest and resume by 4:00 PM, Friday May 27, 2022. Click here for full job description. Brianne Hillson Director of Corporate Services (E) careers@osoyoos.ca We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  
  • 24 May 2022
    Next Town Council to be held on Tuesday May 24, 2022 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 9:00 AM for the Committee of the Whole meeting and at 2:00 PM for the Regular Open Meeting in Council Chambers at Town Hall located at 8707 Main Street. Council meetings are streamed live on our website. Click here to watch the Council meeting live or view recorded meetings and can also be viewed on Eastlink's Community Channel. Council agendas are available online or at the Town Hall on the preceding Friday for each meeting.   Regular and Special Meetings Committee of the Whole Meetings Town of Osoyoos 250.495.6515 info@osoyoos.ca
  • 17 May 2022
    COMMUNITY SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING Date: May 17,2022 Time: 4:00pm Place: Electronic meeting via Zoom Purpose: To conduct regular business of the Community Services Advisory Committee To view agenda please click link: http://osoyoos.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentDisplay.aspx?Id=114159  
  • 13 May 2022
    Town of Osoyoos - Active Transportation Network Plan Let's Hear From You! The Town of Osoyoos has begun the development of an active transportation plan that will provide strategic direction for an active transportation network that is equitable and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.  Our community has a voice, and that’s extremely important to us. We have created a fun online survey for Osoyoos residents to help directly shape this initiative. Have your voice heard by taking the survey today at Metro Quest Survey or scan the QR Code with your mobile device. Consultation & Public Engagement Engage key stakeholders and members of the community to provide feedback on the proposed network and facility types, missing gaps, safety and accessibility concerns, and prioritization of individual projects  KEY FINDINGS TO DATE: •  Discontinuous cycle network •  Major spines connected across town but gaps to key community destinations such as schools, town/hall/library. •  Sidewalks are missing from both sides on many streets. •  Prioritization framework will be important in identifying which links are constructed in the short term. •  Highway 3/MOTI consultation will be important for bicycle options. The Highway 3 Bridge is a key east-west connection for the Town that may require upgrades. CLICK HERE for more maps  
  • 10 May 2022
    Council Meeting Highlights for May 10, 2022 Click on button to watch the video of the Committee of the Whole and Regular Open meetings.   Committee of the Whole Regular Open   COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING Petititons and Delegations Principal Dave Foster, Teacher Ryan Miller and Students from Osoyoos Elementary School made a presentation to Council about the School Garden and inquired about financial support and compost. Director of Operational Services Jared Brounstein advised that the Town can provide compost for the project. Staff Reports Gerald Davis, Director of Community Services presented the Community Services First Quarter Report to Council. Brianne Hillson, Director of Corporate Services presented the Corporate Services First Quarter Report to Council. Fire Chief Corey Kortmeyer presented the Fire Department's First Quarter Report to Council. Jared Brounstein, Director of Operational Services presented the Operational Services First Quarter Report to Council. Gina MacKay, Director of Planning and Development Services presented Planning and Development's First Quarter Report to Council. REGULAR OPEN MEETING Bylaws Council approved Zoning Amendment application Z22-05. Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.142, 2022 was read for a first and second time. If adopted this bylaw would allow for the rezoning of the property at 4008 Oleander Drive from R1 Single Family to R2 Single Family Residential Small Lot to allow the owner to subdivide and create one new small residential lot. A Public Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday May 24, 2022 at 2:00 PM in Council Chambers. Council approved Zoning Amendment Application Z22-03. Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1375.01, 2022 and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.141, 2022 were read for a first and second time. If adopted these amendments would allow for a residential development of 5 townhomes and 17 condominiums to be located at 7808 Spartan Drive. Council resolved that a public meeting (open house) be held on May 31, 2022 as required under the Local Government Act. Council approved Zoning Amendment Application Z21-05 and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.136, 2021 was read for a first and second time. If adopted these amendments would allow for a 40 unit townhome development on the eastern portion of the property located at 5003 Lakeshore Drive and a small Cafe on the western portion. A Public Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday May 24, 2022 at 2:00 PM in Council Chambers. Administrative Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 1331.02, 2022 was adopted. This amendment updates fees and charges listed in Schedule "A" and "B" of this Bylaw. 5 Year Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1376.01, 2022 was adopted. The purpose of this amendment is to update the Town's budget to reflect changes that have happened since adoption on February 22, 2022. Osoyoos Tax Rate Bylaw No. 1378, 2022 was adopted. This bylaw is in line with the 5 Year Financial Plan and includes a 4.5% increase to municipal property taxes. Museum Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw 1300.07, 2022 was adopted. This bylaw was established to enable the purchase of the Museum property located at 8702 Main Street. This bylaw is updated annually to ensure parcel tax rates are consistent with the rate being charged to Area "A" residents. The 2022 rate established for Osoyoos is $15.50. Business Items to Report from In-Camera Council approved the one remaining unreserved slip at the Osoyoos Marina as a commercial slip and directed Staff to advertise the slip with an expression of interest and minimum payment of $2000.00 for the Year. Starting in 2023, Council approved 4 commercial slips to be part of the Marina Operations Agreement. Councillor and Mayor Reports Councillor Bennett will be attending the Trail of the Okanagans meeting on May 13, 2022 Councillor Harvey attended the Library Board meeting. Councillor King attended the Accessibility and Age Friendly Committee meeting. Mayor McKortoff attended the opening of Osoyoos Lawn Bowling. Mayor McKortoff attended the Desert Centre opening Mayor McKortoff attended the Easter Eggstravaganza Mayor McKortoff attended a meeting regarding RCMP contract.  Mayor McKortoff attended the Osoyoos Spring Festival. Mayor McKortoff and Councillor Harvey attended the School District #53 meeting. Mayor McKortoff and Councillor Rhodes attended the Regional District Board meeting. Mayor McKortoff, Councillor King and Councillor Bennett attended the Southern Interior Local Government Association Convention. Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to attend the Osoyoos Farmers' Market which is held on Saturdays in Town Square. Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website www.osoyoos.ca.
  • 30 April 2022
    Learn to Swim in Osoyoos Lake The Town of Osoyoos is pleased to be partnering with Water Waves First Aid & Aquatics to bring swimming lessons to Osoyoos this summer! More than just learning how to swim, this program will teach children how to be safe in and around the water.  Parents are not required to be in the water (unless otherwise noted) but must be prepared to get wet.  Registration starts April 19th, 2022 8:30am in person or online.  For more information including cost, dates and times CLICK HERE. For more information about the levels and Water Waves please visit www.waterwaves.ca
  • 29 April 2022
    Request For Applications Town of Osoyoos Committees The Town of Osoyoos is seeking members of the public who are interested in serving on the Community Services Advisory Committee.  If you are interested, please forward a written letter including relevant experience and your reasons to be on the committee. All applications must be received no later than 2:00PM on Friday, April 29th, 2022. Please direct your questions and applications to:   Gerald Davis Director of Community Services Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)    250.495.6562 (E)   gdavis@osoyoos.ca Only those chosen to serve on the committee will be notified.
  • 1 April 2022
    Boil Water Notice Agricultural Irrigation System 8 effective April 1 The Town of Osoyoos has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE for Domestic Water Customers served by Agricultural Irrigation System 8 Effective April 1, 2022 until further notice.    Please refer to the first three digits (008) of the account number on your annual utilities invoice, or click System 8  System 8 map will show highlighted parcels - Yellow means BOIL WATER, BLUE means connected to Town Domestic System and is not required to boil their water. During this time period the water source is switched from groundwater (well source) to Osoyoos Lake surface water supply.  While the Osoyoos Lake water is chlorinated, the current disinfection process is not adequate to protect from bacterial, viral and protozoan pathogens that may be present in the surface water source.  The Town of Osoyoos and Interior Health recommend individuals drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice. Agricultural Irrigation Systems 8 customers' water intended for drinking, washing ready to eat fruits and vegetables, making beverages, ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute.  You may also experience discolored water due to Spring flows.  To clear your water please flush your lines by turning on an exterior tap or the bathtub and run cold water for 10 to 15 mins or until water clears. Interior Health has been consulted, and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved. The Town of Osoyoos has completed portions within System 8 for the Twinning projects.     The Town continues to work on ways of providing improvements to our water quality.  The public will be notified when these projects are completed. Please notify tenants, visitors, or other building occupants of the boil water notice. Thank you in advance for your patience. If you have any further questions please contact: Operational Services Department Box 3010, 11500 115 Street Osoyoos BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6213  (E)  pubworks@osoyoos.ca
  • 30 March 2022
    Play Ball! Adults 16 and older are welcome to play in this Co-Ed league. This is a great chance to have some fun and enjoy the spring season! Teams wanting to register can pick up registration forms at the Sonora Community Centre or can CLICK HERE. Forms must be completed and returned with payment to the Sonora Community Centre no later than Wednesday, March 30, 2022.  Games will begin Monday, April 4, 2022 at Desert Park. Fee: $375.00/team Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca  
  • 19 March 2022
    Registration for Recreation Programs starts March 19, 2022 The NEW Spring Program & Activity Guide is now available to view online! Hard copies will be available for pick up at the Sonora Community Centre and Town Hall soon.  Registration for Spring Recreation Programs starts: Saturday March 19, 2022 at 9:30am ONLINE or IN PERSON at the Sonora Community Centre  Registration will not be taken over the phone Remember programs may be canceled due to low registration so register early to avoid disappointment. CLICK HERE to view the new 2022 Spring Activity & Program Guide  Sonora Community Centre 8505 68 Avenue Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6562 (E)  recreation@osoyoos.ca  
  • 12 January 2022
    Resort Municipality Initiative Funds Awarded in Support of Four Local Events in 2022 Town of Osoyoos Council is pleased to announce that it has awarded $46,133 to four local non-profit groups to host events in 2022 that contribute to local and tourism economies. Funded through the Province of BC's Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI), the Visitor Activity Enhancement Program provides seed funding for non-profit groups to host events that help improve local and visitors' experiences by increasing visitation, investment and employment in the community. The events which Council has awarded RMI funding are as follows: Osoyoos Music in the Park - $26,133 - in support of Music in the Park Osoyoos Lake Paddling Club - $5,000 - in support of the Osoyoos Dragon Boat Festival Osoyoos & District Arts Council - $10,000 - in support of the Small Halls Arts Festival South Okanagan Similkameen Pride Society - $5,000 - in support of the Pride Parade and Festival In consideration of the current COVID-19 environment and its potential restrictions on events and gatherings in the future, the Town has advised the funding awardees that should an event be cancelled or postponed, all funds shall be returned. Council sincerely wishes Music in the Park, Osoyoos Lake Paddling Club, Osoyoos & District Arts Council and the South Okanagan-Similkameen Pride Society all the best in hosting their 2022 events. Inquiries: Administration Department (T) 250.495.6515 (E) info@osoyoos.ca
  • 26 November 2021
    Osoyoos Child Care Expansion Project Update In June 2019, the Town of Osoyoos received a grant of $892,500 from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities’ (UBCM) Community Child Care Space Creation Program to provide an additional 18 licensed child care spaces at the Osoyoos Child Care Centre. The Centre is in a Town owned facility and is operated by the Osoyoos Child Care Centre Society. The planned project consisted of a 3,200 square foot 2 story addition to the Centre including 3 new bathrooms, a kitchen, childcare space including a nap room, staff room and office space. The planned project also included renovations of the existing 4,130 square feet of space including increased energy efficiency of HVAC systems, electrical upgrades, windows, indoor storage, outdoor improvements including retaining walls, fencing, sunshades, covered entrances, indoor active play spaces and capital purchases including office desks, chairs, appliances, software, high chairs, cribs, cots and bedding, etc. The original project commencement was delayed as the Town worked with the Society to prepare and submit 2 additional grant applications to the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund for $3,000,000 each. Both of those applications were unsuccessful and the Town was informed of the denial of its second application only in September 2020. Those applications were unsuccessful for a variety of reasons including that they failed to provide documentation that supported community need linked to a community child care plan and that they failed to demonstrate the ability to create spaces that will serve underserved populations, children requiring extra support, Indigenous children and families, newly landed immigrants, refugees and young parents. The grant applications now needed to demonstrate the ability to create inclusive, flexible and accessible care that is culturally based and that provides quality education and learning opportunities for all children. While the Province used to accept informal documentation to support community need and service delivery the Ministry now requires applicants to have a child care plan and provide detailed descriptions and concrete examples of the services and programs to be provided. In November 2020 the Town commenced a procurement process to identify an individual or organization to act as an owner’s representative and project managers to undertake the Child Care Centre expansion with the available funding ($892,500). Early in detailed project review, concerns arose around the amount of funding available and project described in the grant application. At the same time, the Town requested an extension to the timeline for project completion. A final extension was granted by the UBCM and the Ministry with project completion now required by November 1, 2022. The Town issued an RFP for project management services in January 2021 and Colliers was the successful proponent. Working with Colliers, it became obvious that the expansion plan described in the successful grant application was unachievable with available funds. The project scope was reduced to consist of an addition of ~1,350 square feet (instead of 3,200), renovation of the existing space, energy efficiency and other system upgrades, outdoor and indoor improvements and capital purchases. Changes to the project scope require approval of the grant fund administrators (UBCM) and the Ministry to ensure it would meet grant funding program requirements and those of the Child Care Licensing Act. In order to consider the scope change, UBCM and the Ministry required that drawings and technical specifications for schematic design, detailed design and construction documents be created. They also required that a revised grant fund application be submitted for the revised project and that was submitted in May 2021. The Town issued a Design Build RFP for the reduced project scope in June 2021. Despite some initial interest, the RFP process did not result in any proposals being received. Colliers then reached out directly to construction and architectural firms to secure the necessary resources to deliver the project. Using the tiered, negotiable, RFP process an architectural firm and construction firm were engaged to develop project design in order to obtain UBCM and Ministry approval for the reduced project scope. In October 2021 Colliers provided the Town with a memorandum regarding the project that identified project risks and an anticipated funding shortfall of ~$500,000. The memorandum also stated that the Town would need to commit around $100,000 to get a better handle on the anticipated funding shortfall and to determine if the UBCM and Ministry would approve the use of grant funds for a much-reduced project scope. If approval for a modified project was not granted the Town of Osoyoos would be out $100,000 that it has not provisioned for in its budget Town Council met with representatives of the Child Care Society on November 3, 2021 to discuss the project and then met with staff on two more occasions to discuss the project and review it with regards to the Town’s financial capacity to fund the shortfall along with other municipal obligations, priorities and plans. Staff contacted the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to determine if the Town could use some of the COVID Restart funds for the project and the Ministry responded that the funds could not be used for that. At a meeting held November 23 Council again considered the project, its funding shortfall and risks and determined that the project would not proceed and directed that the Child Care Centre and UBCM be advised of that and that the grant funds would be returned to the UBCM. At the November 23 meeting, Council directed staff to include funds in the 2022-2026 Financial Plan for a Childcare Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan. It is hoped that through the assessment of needs and development of an action plan for childcare in Osoyoos that the community will be in a better position to take advantage of future Childcare BC New Spaces Fund grant opportunities up to $3,000,000 for the provision of additional, quality, affordable and inclusive childcare in Osoyoos. Pending budget approval an RFP will be issued to undertake a childcare needs assessment and develop an action plan. It is believed that the development of a child care plan will meet Ministry requirements to document community need, service delivery and provide detailed descriptions and concrete examples of the services and programs to be provided for grant funding opportunities.   We are disappointed that the project is unable to proceed but believe that the needs assessment and action plan will assist in determining community needs and delivering adequate and appropriate childcare for Osoyoos for the foreseeable future Inquiries: Town of Osoyoos Chief Administrative Officer (T) 250.495.6515 (E) info@osoyoos.ca
  • 16 October 2021
    Winter Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms As of October 16, 2021 all public park washrooms are closed for the season except for the following which will remain open: GOODMAN PARK & MARINA WASHROOMS Monday - Sunday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Town Hall (8707 Main Street) Monday - Friday (excluding statutory holidays) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Marina                                                     Goodman Park                                                      If you have information about crimes to Town facilities you can provide an anonymous TIP by calling the Crime Stoppers 24/7 tip line at 1-800-222-8477.  CLICK HERE for more information on the Town’s Parks and Recreational facilities.   
  • 30 October 2020
    COVID-19 Updates Check this page regularly for ongoing updates on the Coronavirus situation as it relates to Town of Osoyoos facilities, programs, services and events.   Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan | Visitor Screening Form | PreparedBC Pandemic Preparedness Guide   Province-wide Restrictions The Province of British Columbia has introduced public health orders to manage COVID-19 activity. For more information on Provincial and regional restrictions, please CLICK HERE.   If you or a close contact has COVID-19 If you tested positive for COVID-19 or have been told you have COVID-19, learn how to take care of yourself, self-isolate and notify your close contacts with guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control. Please CLICK HERE   Visitors to all Town of Osoyoos indoor facilities are required to wear a mask.   Please contact the Sonora Centre (250-495-6562 or recreation@osoyoos.ca) for any questions regarding impact to recreational and exercise programs.   COVID-19 Related Complaints To make a complaint related to an infraction of the Province of BC's Health Orders on COVID-19, please call Interior Health at 250.770.5540   Immunization Information If you have already received your vaccine or are registered to get your vaccine soon – thank you. If you haven’t yet registered, please register today through one of the following options: 1. Online: Go to https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/ 2. By phone: Call 1-833-838-2323, seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm (PDT). Translators are available. When you register, you will receive a confirmation number right away. Very soon afterward, you will be notified by text, email or phone call to book your vaccine appointment.   Interior Health Contact Information For non-medical questions or concerns about COVID-19, a provincial phone service has been established for British Columbians. They are open 7 days a week from 7:30am to 8:00pm and can be reached at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or by text at 604-630-0300.   Town Communication The Town of Osoyoos is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely to ensure we continue to respond to emerging issues as they relate to Town facilities, programs, services and events. This includes following the direction of Interior Health, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control or the Government of Canada.   While the COVID-19 situation is changing daily around the world, we are mindful that our community is concerned about the potential impact of the further spread of the coronavirus and we are acting accordingly to do what we can to support public safety. Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan   OPEN Facilities IF YOU ARE SICK OR EXPERIENCING FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS PLEASE DO NOT ENTER or USE THESE FACILITIES. If you make an appointment you will be asked to fill out a “Visitor Screening Form” before entering the premises. Please practice social/physical distancing at these locations/facilities. You must wear a mask Town Hall 250.495.6515 9AM-4PM Monday-Friday (Excluding Statutory Holidays) Planning & Development Services 250.495.6191 8AM-4PM Monday-Friday *Closed from 12:00PM-1:00PM Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Sunbowl Arena 250.495.6562 Contact Sonora Community Centre for more information. Goodman Park Washroom 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca Marina Washroom 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca Dog Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Osoyoos Regional Library 250.860.4033 Please refer to their website. Osoyoos& District Sanitary Landfill 250.495.6515 landfill@osoyoos.ca Outdoor Pickleball Courts 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Parks & Trails (unless identified below) 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Play Structure at Kinsmen Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Play Structure at Lions Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Skateboard Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Tennis Courts 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca West Bench Complex 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca   Payments A variety of payment methods are available: Mail Drop off payment slot at Town Office (8707 Main Street) Telephone/Internet Banking/etransfer Post Dated Cheques Bill payment with your local Financial Institution NEW Credit Card Payments *If making your payment through Telephone or Internet banking your account number is the folio/roll number located at the top right of your tax notice.  Enter with no spaces and no decimals, i.e. 55600987000.   More Information For more information and updates, including answers to frequently asked questions and translated information, please consult the following resources: Interior Health Website First Nations Health Authority Government of Canada Website British Columbia Centre for Disease Control Website Self-Assessment Tool Service Canada Ready to Help Youth Service Canada Ready to Help Seniors Service Canada Ready to Help Businesses Still have questions? Visit these sites for trusted information and contact: HealthLinkBC / 811 if you have symptoms Call 1-888-COVID19 (268-4319) if you would like more information On behalf of Town Council and Staff we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation on this matter. Town of Osoyoos 250.495.6515 info@osoyoos.ca Emergency Operations Centre 250.495.4635 eoc@osoyoos.ca

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