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  • 30 September 2020
    2020 Property Tax Payments are Due on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Click here for more information on how to pay your property taxes. 2020 Property Tax Due Date WEDNESDAY, September 30, 2020 Property Tax Notices will be mailed the end of May 2020 and payments are to be received by Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 4:30 pm. Property Tax Information Brochure  Town of Osoyoos Tax Calculations   Unpaid 2020 taxes (including unclaimed Home Owner Grants) are subject to a 5% late payment penalty. This 5% penalty will be applied to current outstanding taxes after 4:30 pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. An additional 5% penalty will be applied to current outstanding taxes on December 31, 2020. For more information or questions please contact: Tammy Derbyshire Accounting Clerk (T)  250.495.4612 (E)  Kahlua Gordin Senior Accounting Clerk (T)  250.495.4614 (E) 
  • 30 September 2020
    2020 Make Water Work Campaign! We are asking residents of Osoyoos to “Take the Pledge” to Make Water Work! Make Water Work is an initiative of the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Okanagan WaterWise program, delivered in partnership with local governments and utilities throughout the Okanagan.   If you haven't taken the pledge yet, please do so by clicking on the icon (above) or the link below. Then share the link with friends and family to do the same. Campaign ends September 30, 2020.   Corinne Jackson Communications Director Okanagan Basin Water Board Office:   250.469.6271 Email: Click on the link below for more information: Town Water Restrictions   
  • 1 July 2020
    Recycling Blue Bags No Longer Accepted as of July 1, 2020 As a result of a policy change by Recycle BC, the Town of Osoyoos will be phasing out the use of blue and clear bags for residential curbside collection as of July 1, 2020. Why Are Blue and Clear Recycling Bags Being Banned? Every plastic bag is removed by hand. This process is expensive and can lead to worker injury. Plastic is the highest source of contamination in paper and recent changes in the recycling market have made it more difficult to process paper mixed with plastics. Plastic bags can also wrap around sorting equipment, and removal requires constant shut down of recycling facilities. What's Next? At the December 16, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting, the Director of Operational Services presented two options to Council to replace the current collection system - Town supplied recycling bins and Contractor supplied recycling bins. The Director of Operational Services presented another report to Council at a Special Open Meeting on February 21, 2020, following which Council passed the following motion: "That Council direct staff to move forward with a rent to own program with Waste Connections Canada for the supply, maintenance, and replacement of recycling containers for the community for a 6 year term at a cost of $3.50/month/user and that the municipality pay the cost for the first 6 months of service in 2020 from solid waste reserves ($50,000.00)." What This Means... The Town of Osoyoos will work with Waste Connections Canada to ensure that each property included in the residential collection program is supplied with the appropriate number of 240 litre wheeled carts with lids in June 2020. This arrangement amortizes the full purchase cost over a period of 6 years and transfers the risk to the contractor for deployment, maintenance, and replacement for that period. After the 6 year term ends the carts will become the property of the Town and repair and maintenance will become the Town's responsibility. The cost per user is approximately $42/year, commencing in 2021, which will be incorporated into property taxes.
  • 1 July 2020
    New Curbside Garbage and Recycling Calendar Homeowners of Osoyoos can expect to receive the  2020-2021 Curbside Garbage & Recycling Calendar with their PROPERTY TAX NOTICES! Paper copies are available at Town Hall and the Sonora Community Centre. The brochure can also be viewed online Garbage & Recycling Calendar  There are no major changes to the Garbage pick-up schedule. Weekly pick-up remains on TUESDAY unless specified otherwise.  Please take note highlighted dates are specified for YARD WASTE, RECYCLING and BULKY ITEMS pick up. If you have questions about your curbside pick up please contact your service provider: Call Waste Connections of Canada Inc. 250.498.4888 CLICK HERE - Curbside Garbage & Recycling Program  
  • 11 June 2020
    RFP Supply of Bucket Truck Deadline June 11 Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the Town of Osoyoos (the “Town”) invites Proposals from suitably qualified organizations for the supply of one Bucket Truck, which the Town of Osoyoos prefers to be delivered prior to September 30, 2020. The Town requires the supply of one bucket truck, (the “Equipment”), the requirements for which can be briefly summarized as follows: Description Quantity For F550 (or equivalent), 4x2 Supercab  7.3L engine (or equivalent)  ~19,500 lbs GVWR  Outfitted with ETI ETC35SNT Aerial Device (or equivalent), with steel inner boom  1 A full Specifications Checklist, which details all of the requirements and preferences for the equipment is contained in Appendix B of Part D in the  RFP document. In addition to the supply of the Equipment, the Supplier shall also provide delivery, demonstration and training of the Equipment at the Town’s Operational Services Office, located at 11500 115 Street, Osoyoos, BC. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS June 11, 2020 AT 2:00 PM LOCAL TIME. Please note that you will need to Create an Account to Register for this Bid or Submit a Question(s).    Andy Brennan, SCMP The Interior Purchasing Office Inc. 250-826-7996
  • 4 June 2020
    TENDER Heron Lane Retaining Wall Replacement Deadline June 4 Sealed tenders clearly marked “HERON LANE RETAINING WALL REPLACEMENT” will be received at the Town of Osoyoos Municipal Offices, 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, B.C. up to 2:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, June 4th, 2020.  Tenders will be opened in public at the Town of Osoyoos Municipal Office at 2:00 p.m. on the tender closing date. The project comprises the following:  •    Removal and disposal of approximately 16m L x 1m H x 0.2m W concrete retaining wall. •    Supply and installation of ± 24m² of precast concrete modular block wall. TENDER Tender documents is available by clicking the link above or by going to BC Bid.  A Planholder Registration Form must be completed and faxed to TRUE Consulting in order to receive any addendums and/or additional information regarding this tender.  The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. Engineer TRUE Consulting Group Ste. 201 - 2079 Falcon Road Kamloops  BC  V2C 4J2 (T)  250.828.0881 (F)  250.828.0717 Owner Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (F)  250.495.2400 No phone calls regarding the tender results. They will be posted on the applicable news article on this website within '24 hours' after the deadline. 
  • 1 June 2020
    Outdoor Fitness Classes Starting June 1 at Jack Shaw Gardens
  • 1 June 2020
    Community Foundation South Okanagan Similkameen Bursary Apply for a CFSOS Bursary Today! Community Foundation South Okanagan Similkameen has over $40,000 in Bursaries to award South Okanagan Similkameen Students! Deadline to apply is June 1, 2020. There are NINE Bursaries to apply for and they are based on financial need and do not have to repaid. The criteria for each bursary varies but if applicable a student can apply for all awards. The bursaries are open to graduating and returning students. More Information
  • 1 June 2020
    Next Town Council to be held on Monday, June 1, 2020 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM for the Committee of the Whole meeting and at 2:00 PM for the Regular Open Meeting in Council Chambers, Town Hall, 8707 Main Street The Town of Osoyoos Council meetings will be closed to the public until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. On May 1, 2020 the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General repealed MO 83/20 and replaced with Ministerial Order No. M139.  This order allows the Town to close all Council meetings to the public in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and enables Council to continue to conduct business. Council meetings will continue to be streamed live on our website. Click here to watch the Council meeting live or view recorded meetings.  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
  • 31 May 2020
    2020 Virtual Hike for Hospice until May 31 Virtual Hike for Hospice 2020. Register as a virtual hiker, rally a team of friends and family, or challenge a co-worker, to help raise money for end-of-life care in our community. It’s an opportunity to walk, hike or run in your own safe space. It means you can hike from anywhere in the South Okanagan (or literally the world) in support of Desert Valley Hospice Society. Hike for Hospice is a fundraiser for Desert Valley Hospice Society and a special celebration to remember loved ones and friends.   REGISTER TODAY: If you can’t hike, mail a donation payable to Desert Valley Hospice Society or DVHS or donate online. For more information please contact the Desert Valley Hospice Society Thank you for your support. We are in this together.
  • 29 May 2020
    First Responders Surprise Young Girl with Birthday Parade By Osoyoos Times on May 29, 2020 "Marley Hopper’s 12th birthday is one she won’t soon forget. First responders wailed their sirens and flashed their lights down Quail Ridge Place as a birthday surprise for the young aspiring firefighter on Friday. “It was exciting. I didn’t even know that was going to happen,” she said, after happily waving from her grandparent’s front lawn to local firefighters, RCMP and paramedic personnel who toured the street in their vehicles — to the surprise and eventual delight of some neighbours." Fire Chief McMahon and the members of his department were happy to oblige the request. Read the full article HERE Marley Hopper was treated to a surprise parade from Osoyoos firefighters and first responders for her 12th birthday on Friday, May 29. Photo Courtesy of Dale Boyd/Times-Chronicle  
  • 29 May 2020
    FRESHET Updates Emergency Preparedness | Emergency Support Services (ESS) | Osoyoos Lake Water Levels |  RDOS EOC Information Updates Check this page regularly for ongoing updates on Freshet situation as it relates to the Town of Osoyoos. Message from the Town The Town of Osoyoos EOC (Town EOC) is continuing to monitor lake levels, river levels, weather forecasts as well as participating in numerous Province of BC Freshet conference calls. Town Communication 2020 05 29 EOC FRESHET Bulletin 1 Message-Weather Statement-Sandbags - Posted May 29, 2020 @ 4:00pm Osoyoos Lake Levels Osoyoos Lake levels are determined by several factors, including the operation of Zosel Dam in Washington State, the operation of Okanagan Dam in Penticton, stream-flow into Okanagan River between Penticton and Osoyoos, and the flow levels of the Similkameen River, which joins Okanagan River south of the US/Canada border.   Please click on the link below to view the current forecasts of Osoyoos Lake provided by International Joint Commission (IJC). Sand Bag Location Sand Bags are available at the Paid Boat Trailer Parking Lot located at 6901 Main Street. Monday to Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday 7:30am - 5:00pm The supplies required are being monitored daily.   The RDOS has developed a COVID-19 sandbagging video to help residents prepare for freshet while maintaining physical distancing.   RDOS EOC Sandbagging and COVID-19 Precautions Video: RDOS EOC Sandbagging How To Video: Weather Forecast Check Environment Canada for 7-day weather forecasts and special weather statements issued. Flooding Terms Flood Warning - River levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers will result. Flood Watch - River levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur. High Streamflow Advisory - River levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible. MORE INFORMATION Freshet Conditions BC Freshet and Flood River Forecast Centre Flood Warnings and Advisories Automated Snow Weather Station Data Real Time Hydrometric Data Hydrometeorologic Data B.C. Weather Conditions and Forecasts   Other Emergency Preparedness Agencies Emergency Management BC Canadian Red Cross Salvation Army Emergency Social Services Associations Provincial Emergency Planning Justice Institute Emergency Management Training Division   Here are some other pages that are worth checking out BC Disaster Financial Assistance PreparedBC PreparedBC Household Emergency Plan   Town of Osoyoos 250.495.6515 Osoyoos EOC 250.495.4635
  • 29 May 2020
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY for Park Ambassadors Deadline May 29 The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley is accepting applications for the position of Park Ambassador in the Corporate Services Department. Position Information This position will patrol parks and trails throughout Osoyoos and work with the public to achieve compliance of both the Parks and Community Facilities Bylaw and the Animal Control Bylaw.  This position must have excellent communication skills and the ability to be mobile throughout the entire shift.  Training and experience in conflict resolution is an asset.  Class 5 B.C. Driver’s Licence is required. This position will work afternoon shifts determined by the Bylaw Enforcement Supervisor.  The rate of pay for this position is $17.00 - $20.00 per hour plus 17% in lieu of benefits. CLICK HERE to view the detailed Job Description Please email or apply online with letter of interest and resume to by 4:30 PM, May 29, 2020 with “Park Ambassadors” in the subject line. If you have specific question about this career opportunity please contact Brendan Gojevic, Senior Bylaw Enforcement Officer at 250.495.6515 or Brianne Hillson Deputy Corporate Officer Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted. 
  • 29 May 2020
    UPDATES on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Check this page regularly for ongoing updates on the Coronavirus situation as it relates to Town of Osoyoos facilities, programs, services and events. Latest Bulletin 2020 05 29 EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 15 State of Emergency-Survey-Town Facilities Posted May 29, 2020 @ 4:00pm WorkSafeBC guidelines support safe reopening of businesses Province of BC Posted Friday, May 15, 2020 1:45 PM Message from Mayor… I am taking this opportunity to address the citizens and residents of our community to assure you that our Council and town staff are continuing to work with our provincial and federal governments and health officers to keep our community safe, and provide you with essential services.   Thank you all for taking the critical steps to keep your families, friends and yourselves safe and healthy. By now, you have heard many of us tell you to wash your hands often, stay at least 2 meters away from others, and stay home unless absolutely necessary avoiding non-essential travel and trips outside of your primary residence. Those travellers returning from outside Canada need to quarantine themselves for 2 weeks.   We certainly hope this worldwide pandemic will ease its drastic hold on us all soon. In the meantime, look after yourselves and your loved ones, and know that we are continuing to use best practices in our town to help all of us work through this stressful time. 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 COMMUNICATION 2020 05 29 EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 15 State of Emergency-Survey-Town Facilities Posted May 29, 2020 @ 4:00pm 2020 05 22 EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 14 - State of Emergency | Restart Plan | Worksafe BC - Posted May 22, 2020 @ 4:30pm 2020 05 15 EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 13 - State of Emergency | Long Weekend | Pleasure Boatings - Posted May 15, 2020 @ 4:00pm  2020 05 08 EOC COVID Bulletin 12 - BC ReStart Plan | Town Office-Facility Updates - Posted May 8, 2020 @ 4:30pm  2020 05 01 EOC COVID Bulletin 11 - State of Emergency | Financial Plan | Town Office-Facility Updates - Posted May 1, 2020 @ 4:00pm  2020 04 24 EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 10 - Community Settings | Special Event Cancellations | Farmers Market - Posted April 24, 2020 @3:40pm 2020 04 17 EOC COVID Bulletin 9 - Taxes| Water Invoices Essential Workers - Posted April 17@ 4:00pm  2020 04 09 EOC COVID Bulletin 8 |Washroom | Border |EOC Phone | Large Item - Posted April 9 @4:30pm  NEWS RELEASE EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 7 - State of Emergency | Council Meetings | Landfill | Parks & Trails | Mental Health | Childcare | Fitness Centres | Renters - April 3, 2019 @ 4:30 pm  2020 04 01 EOC COVID Bulletin 6  - Bylaw-Large Item - April 1@ 4:30pm 2020 03 30 EOC COVID Bulletin 5  - Mayor Message - March 31 @ 4:15pm 2020 03 30 EOC COVID Bulletin 4  - Travellers-Bylaw-Economic-Facilities - March 30, 2020 @ 4:45pm NEWS RELEASE EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 3 - Essential Services | Bylaw |  PPE | Small Business | Landfill - March 27, 2020 @ 4:20pm COVID-19 Financial Supports for Small Businesses - Posted March 27 @ 9:30am NEWS RELEASE EOC COVID-19 - Essential Goods and Services - Posted March 26 @ 4:23pm NO Opening Burning permitted in Osoyoos and Surrounding Area - Posted March 26 @ 11:40pm Mandatory 14 day Isolation - Posted March 25, 2020 @ 5:00pm Boredom Busters - Posted March 25, 2020 @ 4:15pm Council Update - Posted  March 24 How to Connect with the Town of Osoyoos - Posted March 24, 2020 @ 4:30pm COVID Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Posted March 24, 2020 @ 4:30pm (Updated March 26, 2020 @ 4:10pm) NEWS RELEASE EOC COVID Bulletin 2 - EOC Opening - Posted March 23, 2020 @ 5:00pm NEWS RELEASE EOC COVID Bulletin 1 - Level 1 EOC - Posted March 20, 2020  POSTPONED 19th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Awards and Luncheon - Posted March 19, 2020 CANCELLED 2020 Mixed Adult Slo-Pitch League Team - Posted March 18, 2020 Additional Offices/Facilities CLOSED to the public are RCMP Office and Operational (Public Works) Services - Posted March 17, 2020 NEWS RELEASE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information – Posted March 13, 2020 Town Offices CLOSED to the PUBLIC Below is a list of Town Offices that are currently closed to the public. You may be able to conduct some business in person by appointment only. You can still contact the facilities by phone or email as follows: Town Hall 250.495.6515 Planning & Development Services 250.495.6191 Bylaw Enforcement 250.495.6515 RCMP Office 250.495.7236 Emergency Call 9-1-1 Fire Hall 250.495.4631 Emergency Call 9-1-1 Operations (Public Works) 250.495.4613 Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 Sun Bowl Arena 250.495.7919 At this time Town staff continue to work during regular scheduled office hours to bring services to the community and to perform necessary maintenance. Essential services are being maintained. OPEN Facilities Please practice social/physical distancing at this locations/facilities. Dog Park (Large Dog Area) 250.495.6562 Goodman Park Washroom 250.495.6213 Marina Washroom 250.495.6213 Osoyoos& District Sanitary Landfill 250.495.6515 Parks & Trails (unless identified below) 250.495.6562 Pioneer Walkway Washroom 250.495.6213 Tennis Courts 250.495.6562  *Outdoor Pickleball Courts 250.495.6562  Skateboard Park 250.495.6562 *Please note that the washrooms will not be open at the Pickleball Courts but the Portable Washroom is available. ANTICIPATED DATES to OPEN Some Outdoor Facilities Please practice social/physical distancing at this locations/facilities.  All Public Washrooms (See Below) 250.495.6213 June 1 Boat (Paid) Trailer Parking Lot 250.495.6515 June 1 Desert Park 250.495.6562 TBD Osoyoos Farmers Market See Website June 13 – September 12 Osoyoos Regional Library 250.860.4033 June 2 (Online/Pick-Up) Play Structure at Kinsmen Park 250.495.6562 June 1 Play Structure at Lions Park 250.495.6562 June 1 Splash Park 250.495.6562 Week of June 1 Sunrise Marina 250.495.6562 June 1 West Bench Complex 250.495.6562 TBD Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Payments A variety of payment methods are available: NO CASH PAYMENTS ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME. Mail Drop off payment slot at Town Office (8707 Main Street) Telephone/Internet Banking*/Post Dated Cheques Bill payment with your local Financial Institution *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 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 Osoyoos EOC 250.495.4635
  • 27 May 2020
    Help Us Decorate the Community Garden!
  • 27 May 2020
    Time to Renew your Dog's License by January 31, 2020 Licensing and Control of Dogs, Bylaw 1036, 2016 Dog License Brochure The Town requires pet owners to register their dogs and renew their license annually. A dog license with up to date information ensures the Town can contact you if your pet is found. If you own a dog over six months of age, it must be licensed – even indoor pets. The fine for having an unlicensed pet is $50 per dog. Licenses are affordable and can be easily obtained by mail or in person. The fee is $22.00 per dog and $12.00 for a spayed or neutered dog. For more information on dog licensing please refer to Animal Control and Licensing. Town of Osoyoos Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (E)
  • 26 May 2020
    TENDER Twin Domestic Water Distribution System No 9 Contract 1 Deadline May 26 TENDER CLOSED Timbro Contracting $2,552,187.86 Grizzley Excavating $2,175,612.60 Pyramid Excavation Corp $2,628,268.65 H+M Excavating $2,509,930.50 Matcon Construction $2,619,750.00 Mann Excavation $3,545,456.35 - $412,039.74 Hazelwood $2,995,414.20 Eagle Rock Construction $5,142,716.25 - $2,219,944.00 TGK Irrigation LTD $4,465,234.20 TENDER DOCUMENTS Tender documents is available by clicking the link above or by going to BC Bid.  A Planholder Registration Form must be completed and faxed to TRUE Consulting in order to receive any addendums and/or additional information regarding this tender.   The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.   Engineer TRUE Consulting Group Ste. 201 - 2079 Falcon Road Kamloops  BC  V2C 4J2 (T)  250.828.0881 (F)  250.828.0717     Owner Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (F)  250.495.2400 No phone calls regarding the tender results. They will be posted on the applicable news article on this website within '24 hours' after the deadline.  
  • 11 May 2020
    STOP Pleasure Boating on Osoyoos Lake during COVID-19 Restrictions Osoyoos  2020-05-11 14:31 PDT  File # Osoyoos RCMP Osoyoos first responders field calls about Pleasure boating on Osoyoos Lake during COVID-19 restrictions   Osoyoos Lake is most certainly beautiful and a place many flock to for water sports, but with COVID-19, is now the time for pleasure boating?  If so, can boaters use the lake for non-essential travel to the USA?   These are questions Osoyoos RCMP Commander Sgt Jason Bayda and Osoyoos Fire Rescue Chief Dave McMahon have fielded over the last couple of weeks. With boating season upon us, many are looking for alternative outdoor activities while still social distancing.   When it comes to non-essential travel, whether it be by car or boat, Osoyoos RCMP and Osoyoos Fire Rescue have a simple message, “We all must do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Follow all Public Health advisories and guidelines.”   “We know the increase of pleasure boating comes with the increased chances of emergencies on the water,” said Fire Chief Dave McMahon.  “So while it may be permitted, we ask that you consider the risks you are putting our first responders in. Avoid non-essential boating, stay close to home to save lives.”   If you have COVID-19 and need to be rescued, you could potentially pass the virus on to first responders, preventing them from responding to other emergencies.    “There is a temporary restriction on all non-essential travel, including tourism and recreation, at the Canada-United States border, including via international waters,” said Sgt Jason Bayda. “This means pleasure boaters are currently not permitted to cross the international border on Osoyoos Lake.”   Mayor Sue McKortoff adds, “We agree with the Provincial Health Officers recommendations to stay home and stay safe. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our community when it is safe to do so.”   We’re all in this together and we want to keep everyone safe. Released by Sgt. Jason Bayda Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment Media Relations Officer Osoyoos RCMP 16 Eagle Court, Box 960, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0 Office: 250-495-7236 Fax: 250-495-7416 Email:  
  • 5 May 2020
    Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program Continues to Control Goose Population News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 5, 2020 Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program Continues to Control Goose Population   Goose management is more than just egg-addling. In the Okanagan Valley, it’s a comprehensive and cooperative approach by communities who share the vision and burden of minimizing negative impacts from introduced nesting geese. The goal continues to be about finding the balance between people and nesting geese using the valley.   The Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program (OVGMP) has been helping communities through actions such as public education, egg-addling, population monitoring, and working with regulatory agencies to ensure OVGMP management goals align with federal and provincial goals.   Kate Hagmeier coordinates the program and is careful to remind people “management actions are targeting geese that are not native to the region. These are hybrid offspring of several different subspecies of Canada Geese that were introduced in the 1960’s and ‘70’s.” Canada geese from elsewhere in Canada and the US were moved here as part of managed introduction programs.   Egg addling is a critical component of population management. It is the most minimally invasive form of population control. 2020 will be the 14th year of the egg-addling program which involves systematic surveys for nests, and egg-addling from Vernon to Osoyoos. This long-term program is largely responsible for preventing the goose population (which sits around 2,500 birds) from growing out of control. In the 13 years of addling, more than 17,000 eggs have been addled which equates to an estimated 10,000 to 13,000 geese not entering the population, not to mention the thousands of their offspring.   Egg addling involves shaking eggs or coating them with non-toxic biodegradable food-grade corn oil within 14 days of incubation to make them non-viable. The U.S. Humane Society supports this egg addling technique. Once addled, eggs are returned to the nest. Geese continue to incubate until they realize the eggs will not hatch. By then, it is generally too late in the year to produce more eggs. Adults are not harmed and will continue with their regular life cycle. But egg addling and nest surveys are not perfect; nests are missed, they could be in dangerous locations, or on private property. Key to success of the program is finding and accessing new nests. The public is asked to report lone geese, pairs of geese, or nest locations on private or public land by emailing or calling 1-877-943-3209.   This year, however, is unique in many respects for everyone. We are all practicing the recommendations provided by public health authorities to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and that extends to our work on the egg addling program. Where we cannot access nests because they are in care residences and hospital environments, apartment patios or other locations that will not allow for physical distancing, we can still record the location data for future years. Knowing locations will also help us understand where sources of geese come from later in the spring and summer.   The public is asked to keep away from goose nests and not touch the eggs. A federal permit is required to allow crews to addle goose eggs. If a nest is on private land, a permission form to access the nest is available on the program website (   Interior Health continues to encourage local governments throughout the Okanagan to reduce the risk of recreational water contamination from sources such as geese. OVGMP is a partnership between the City of Kelowna, Central Okanagan Regional District, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, District of West Kelowna, City of Vernon, City of Penticton, District of Lake Country, Town of Osoyoos, Town of Oliver, District of Peachland, District of Summerland, Westbank First Nation, Greater Vernon Water, and the District of Coldstream.  ##### Information about the program is available at:   For further information, please contact the Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program or email    For more information, contact: Kate Hagmeier                                                            Project Coordinator 1-877-943-3209                                    
  • 1 May 2020
    "Normal" Water Restrictions for Town and Rural Water Districts 8 & 9 Schedule "A" Water Conservation and Staged Restriction Bylaw No. 1273 (Town) Osoyoos Water District Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 1357 (Rural) MTI Bylaw (Fines) Yellow “Reminder” Flags for Water Restrictions Make Water Work Campaign Regulation Reference Sheet Water Conservation Tips Water Conservation & Staged Restrictions Brochure Make Water Work Plant Collection Normal – ALTERNATE DAYS WATERING: a)  Days of Watering:   Sprinkling is only permitted at residential, commercial and other non-agricultural properties as follows: Even numbered addresses:  Watering is only permitted on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday Odd numbered addresses:  Watering is only permitted on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday   b)  Automatically Controlled Underground Sprinkling Systems (Residential and commercial): Properties equipped with an automated time clock sprinkler system may only sprinkle between the hours of 12:00 midnight to 6:00 AM on the days permitted by the sprinkling regulations as described above. c)  Manually Controlled Sprinklers (Residential and Commercial): Properties equipped with only manually controlled sprinkling systems, including those attached to outside taps, may only operate from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and from 7:00 PM to 12:00 midnight on the days permitted by the sprinkling regulations as described above. d)  Sprinkling is not permitted between the hours of 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM during any day at any time of the year. Only one ½” (9mm) diameter outlet (outside tap) may be used at one time for sprinkling, and further, it is not permissible to use an open pipe or hose for irrigating purposes. e)  Use of water hoses is permitted for the purpose of washing boats or motor vehicles only when equipped with an automatic shut off nozzle.  f)  No person shall use water to wash sidewalks, driveways or parking lots, except and only if necessary for applying a product such as paint or preservative, or when preparing a surface prior to paving or repointing bricks, or if required by law to comply with health or safety regulations.  g)  Notwithstanding the above, the following are exempt from restrictions: i)    Watering of public sports playing fields, turf farms, and golf courses; ii)   Watering of flower and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs and trees using micro-irrigation, drip-irrigation, or a hose with an automatic shut off nozzle; iii)  Commercial car washes so long as each vehicle wash does not exceed 57 L of water. iv)  Under authority of permit issued under this bylaw.   h)  As a further exemption restriction, owners or occupiers of property who, by reason of physical or mental incapacity are unable to water their property within the restricted days and times, may water their property on any two days of the week for a maximum of 8 hours per day.                        For more information please contact:  Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (E)   
  • 1 May 2020
    Boulevard Maintenance Regulations for Property Owner/Occupier 3.3    Every owner of real property shall maintain the sidewalk, boulevard, and lane adjacent to their real property and without limitation shall: remove accumulations of filth, leaves, rubbish, discarded materials, hazardous objects and materials that obstruct a drainage facility; remove all filth, leaves, rubbish, discarded materials, hazardous objects and materials from all boulevards and sidewalks; in keeping with the reasonable standard of maintenance in the area, keep grassed areas trimmed and irrigated and reasonably free of weeds; keep in good repair all driveway crossings; trim and maintain all trees and plantings; and cut, trim or remove any tree, fence, hedge or other item that obstructs or could reasonably be expected to obstruct the vision or safety of all pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles using streets adjacent to the property; where the real property is in a commercial area, as defined in the Town’s Zoning Bylaw, every owner of real property shall sweep the sidewalks in front of and adjacent to the real property and remove all accumulations of filth, leaves, rubbish, discarded materials, and hazardous objects and materials from adjacent sidewalks no later than 10:00 AM each day; remove any puncturevine or longspine sandbur plants (preferably prior to the development of seed pods) by pulling the plant and disposing of it in a double thick garbage bag. Alternatively the area infested with these invasive plants can be covered with a weed barrier cloth and 4 inches of mulch or decorative rock which should prevent the future spread of these plants; 3.4     No person shall deposit filth, leaves, rubbish, discarded materials, or hazardous objects or materials removed from sidewalks, boulevards, lanes, or private property onto Town property or highways. In accordance with Good Neighbour Bylaw No. 1277, Part 3 Property Maintenance | Section 3.3 and 3.4.  Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the boulevards clean. Operational Services 11500 115 Street (T)  250.495.6213 (E)  
  • 30 April 2020
    Financial Plan/Tax Rates Bylaws to assist Taxpayers/Rural Utility User For Immediate Release April 30, 2020 Osoyoos Town Council amends Financial Plan and Tax Rates Bylaws to assist Taxpayers and Rural Utility Users. At a Special Meeting of Town Council held on April 27, Osoyoos Town Council repealed the previously adopted 2020-2024 Financial Plan Bylaw and adopted a revised one that reduced the increase to the general municipal tax rate from 2.98% to 0%.   The municipal tax rate was reduced to 0% by deleting a number of capital projects that were funded by operating revenues, deferring some projects pending receipt of grant funding, reducing amounts to be borrowed and using operating surplus funds to cover off lost revenue in the Five Year Financial Plan. A copy of the report respecting the Five Year Financial Plan can be found here: Report to Council 5 Year Plan 2020-2024 Financial Plan Bylaw   At the same Special Meeting, Town Council adopted the Tax Rates Bylaw that changed the due date for property tax and in Town water and sewer rates, including rural sewer user rates, from July 2 to September 30, and reduced the late payment penalty on unpaid amounts from 10% the day after the due date to 5% on October 1 and a further 5% on unpaid amounts as at December 31. A copy of the report respecting the Tax Rates Bylaw can be found here: Report to Council Tax Rates Bylaw 1363, 2020 Osoyoos Water District Rates and Regulations Bylaw 1357  Sewer Fees Bylaw No. 1358, 2019   Earlier in the year, Town Council had amended the due date for users of Rural Water Systems 8 and 9 from June 15 to August 17. This change should make it easier for agricultural water users to make payment for the service.   It is hoped that reducing the municipal property tax burden and late payment penalty and allowing businesses and homeowners more time to pay their tax and utility bills will help taxpayers in these difficult times. Commenting on the changes Mayor McKortoff said: We understand the difficult situation many businesses and homeowners find themselves in as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and are doing what we can to assist ratepayers while at the same time ensuring the continued delivery of essential services.   -30- For more information contact: Sue McKortoff Mayor 250.495.6515 Jim Zakall Director of Financial Services 250.495.6515
  • 28 April 2020
    NOTICE All Garbage must be in Bags and Securely Tied EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY The Town of Osoyoos contractor (Waste Connections) for Curbside waste collection and the Osoyoos & District Landfill have advised that they will not be accepting LOOSE loads of garbage. All garbage must be in bags and securely tied.    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ALL personal hygiene products, used tissues, sanitary wipes (even those labeled compostable or flushable), paper towels, napkins, cleaning cloths, face masks, gloves, and similar items are to be put in plastic bags and placed securely in your garbage bin. NO disposing latex and nitrile gloves in the recycling. Double bag these items if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick. All garbage must be in bags and securely tied.  RECYCLING does not have to be in bags in the recycling cart. 2019-2020 Curbside Garbage & Recycling Calendar Loose loads of garbage will be refused even if in a cart/can.  This measure has been put in place to protect staff and our residents from unsanitary debris. Thanking you in advance for your cooperation during COVID-19. Dear Waste Connections Customer:  Our number one value at Waste Connections is the safety of our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve. We are closely monitoring the current situation and are following guidance from the CDC, WHO, and our Province and local public health officials. We recognize that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has tremendous unknowns and could cause unanticipated service delays, service interruptions, or unusually high call volumes.  We provide an essential service within our communities and strive to meet our customer commitments. At Waste Connections, we have developed and implemented business continuity plans to ensure our operations run as effectively as possible during this unique period in order to keep our commitment to provide the best possible service in a courteous, effective manner, and show respect and gratitude for those we are fortunate to serve.  Thank you. We greatly appreciate your patience and trust in Waste Connections.  250.498.4888
  • 27 April 2020
    Council Highlights for April 27, 2020 Welcome to Town of Osoyoos eNews!   Click on button to watch the video of the Special Open meeting. Special Open Meeting   SPECIAL OPEN MEETING   Bylaws Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1364, 2020 was read three times and adopted.  The Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw 1361 was adopted by Council April 6th, which included a 2.98% increase to the municipal portion of the property taxes.  At the direction of Council, the Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw 1364, 2020 was presented for Councils consideration and reflects a zero percent increase in the municipal portion of property taxes. The changes to the Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw allows for a zero percent increase in the municipal portion of property taxes and are referenced in the report from Jim Zakall, Director of Financial Services.  The Order of the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General under the Emergency Program Act, Ministerial Order No. M083 states, “Despite section 135 (3) of the Community Charter, a Council may adopt a bylaw on the same day that a bylaw has been given third reading.” Tax Rates Bylaw 1363, 2020 was read three times and adopted.  The Tax Rates Bylaw 1363, which included a 2.98% increase to the municipal portion of taxes was brought forward for Council consideration on April 20th.  Council directed staff that due to the COVID crisis they wanted the municipal portion of taxes to remain consistent with the 2019 amount.  The 2020 Osoyoos Tax Rates Bylaw is in line with the revised Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw 1364, 2020 and includes a 0% increase in the municipal portion of property taxes.  The due date for 2020 has been set to September 30th, with a 5% late payment penalty to be charged on any outstanding current taxes after the due date and a further 5% applied on the outstanding current balance December 31st.    Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website  
  • 24 April 2020
    OFD Partnership with WASP for 2020 Wildfire Season Osoyoos Fire Rescue have partnered with WASP manufacturing in preparation for the 2020 wildfire season. WASP are a major contributor of wildfire equipment and are a registered contractor with the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC). WASP has placed an OFC specified Type 2 Structure Protection Unit (SPU) with Osoyoos Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Dave McMahon explains - this is a unique opportunity and a huge win for both our community and our members - to have this equipment to both train with and be part of a deployment model should there be a wildfire event that threatens homes, structures or key critical infrastructure. Osoyoos is a key strategical location in the South Okanagan - SPUs are deployed when BC Wildfire makes that operational decision in conjunction with the OFC. A Type 2 SPU such as this are around $160,000 in total equipment & trailer costs, they weigh around 10,000 to 12,000 lbs and typically have a SPU crew of 6 members. Having this SPU in our department has significantly broadened the skill set of our members.         Dave McMahon Fire Chief Osoyoos Fire Department

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