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  • 6 November 2020
    Highway 3 Resurfacing Project September 23 to November 6 Highway 3 Paving operations between Junction of Highways 3 and 97 and Chapman Road (13.37 km). Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 7 pm, from September 23 to November 6, 2020. 70 km/hr construction speed zone is in affect for Osoyoos Hill. Watch for milled surfaces and letdowns. Watch for crew and equipment on the road. Single alternating traffic. Obey traffic control and construction speed limits. See DriveBC for up to date information. (T)  1.866.222.4204
  • 2 November 2020
    Next Town Council to be held on Monday November 2, 2020 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, November 2, 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 at Town Hall located at 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 On May 1, 2020 the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General repealed MO 83/20 and replaced it with Ministerial Order No. M139.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 info@osoyoos.ca
  • 31 October 2020
    Notice of Disposition of Land Mrs. D's Playschool at SCC Pursuant to Section 26 of the Community Charter and within accordance of section 94, notice is hereby given that the Town of Osoyoos intends to lease a portion of the following property to Mrs. D’s Playschool for a term of 3 years, from November 1, 2020 – October 31, 2023 for the purposes of operating a playschool. The fee associated with this lease is $550 per month with an annual CPI increase for 2021 and 2022.   Subject property is legally described as Portion of Lot A, Plan KAP77232, DL2450s, SDYD, PID 026-173-247 and more commonly referred to as 8505 68th Avenue, Osoyoos, BC. For additional information regarding this lease, go to the Land Disposition webpage. Please direct any inquiries to: Town of Osoyoos Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)   250.495.6515 (F)   250.495.2400 (E)   info@osoyoos.ca  
  • 31 October 2020
    Sonora Community Centre Fall Program Flyer The Sonora Community Centre is pleased to offer limited programs for the fall!  Registration is now open and can be done either by phone (250.495.6562) or online. COVID-19 Safety protocols are in place.  Sonora Community Centre Visitor Screening Form   Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca     
  • 31 October 2020
    Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant Deadline October 31
  • 31 October 2020
    2020 Fall Fitness Programs We are very excited to offer fitness classes this fall!   Registration is required for all fitness classes. Drop-ins will NOT be available. Registration will begin on Wednesday September 23rd and can be done over the phone or in person by appointment.  Space is limited to a maximum of 20 participants per class. Registration for individual days is not permitted. Classes will be held at the Sonora Community Centre with limited equipment and physical distancing measures enforced. Masks are encouraged but not required. For more information or to register for classes please contact the Sonora Community Centre at 250.495.6562.  Cardio Combo    Instructor: Louise Snider Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  8:45am-9:45am October 14-December 16   This low impact aerobics program offers toning and stretching along with a great cardio work out! A perfect class for beginners or those looking for a class that’s not too intense.   Cost: 3 month, 6 month and annual pass holders - FREE All others - $121.50 / 27 classes FunctionBlast    Instructor: Jorg Mardian Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:45am-9:45am October 13-December 18   A class focused on helping people achieve their health and fitness goals through challenging STRENGTH, MOBILITY and FUNCTION! We encourage all fitness levels and everyone will be challenged and encourage each other through every workout. We have fun we work hard and we get results!   Cost: 3 month, 6 month and annual pass holders - FREE All others - $90 / 20 classes Zumba Instructor: Stephanie Ryan Mondays and Wednesdays 4:15pm-5:15pm   We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high intensity moves for an interval style, calorie burning dance fitness party! Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check! Super fun? Check and check!   Cost: 3 month, 6 month and annual pass holders - FREE All others - $76.50 / 17 classes Yoga    Instructor: Louise Snider Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm October 14-December 16   A great yoga class for beginners and experienced practitioners alike!   Cost: 3 month, 6 month and annual pass holders - FREE All others - $40.50 / 9 classes
  • 30 October 2020
    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Building Service Worker Deadline October 30 The Resort Municipality of Osoyoos, BC, located in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley, is accepting applications for the position of Building Service Worker in the Community Services department. Position Information The Building Service Worker will be required to perform a variety of custodial and janitorial functions at town-owned buildings and facilities. As well, this position may be required to move furniture and equipment, set up meeting rooms, and remove snow and ice from entrances to buildings. The following qualifications would be an asset: six months of related janitorial experience in commercial buildings or equivalent combination of education and experience. This position is a permanent part-time unionized position that works less than thirty (30) hours a week, with the requirement to work weekends, overtime, and on-call as operationally required. The hourly rate is $19.52 - $22.96 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. Click here for a detailed job description. Please email or apply online with letter of interest and resume to careers@osoyoos.ca by 4:30 PM, October 30th with "Building Service Worker" in the subject line. If you have specific questions about this career opportunity please contact Gerald Davis at 250.495.6562 or careers@osoyoos.ca Brianne Hillson Deputy Corporate Officer Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 (E) brianne@osoyoos.ca (F) 250.495.2400 We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • 29 October 2020
    Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP)  As announced on September 17, 2020 the Province of British Columbia has allocated up to $90 million to support community economic resilience, tourism, heritage, and urban and rural economic development projects.   CERIP funded projects will help communities impacted by COVID-19 and support B.C.’s post- pandemic economic recovery through investment in four key application-based streams:   Community Economic Resilience supports initiatives through investment in short term, small scale public infrastructure meeting the economic recovery objectives of initial job creation in the community and ancillary job creation in other areas hard hit with COVID -19 such as local retail and services.   Destination Development invests in the development, conservation, repair, or rehabilitation of new or existing tourism infrastructure and amenities to assist in the re-emergence and resiliency of the tourism sector, creating jobs that will provide long term benefits for the tourism sector and local communities.   Unique Heritage Infrastructure ssupports projects focused on the conservation, repair, rehabilitation and development of cultural heritage infrastructure to help communities safeguard and enjoy their heritage places while creating employment through the stewardship of cultural heritage.   Rural Economic Recovery improves the prosperity and quality of life in rural communities through projects that create jobs, develop economic infrastructure, support a vibrant local business sector, and accelerate economic recovery. The CERIP provides an opportunity for Indigenous applicants, local governments, tourism organizations, heritage leaders and not-for-profit organizations to apply for infrastructure funding that supports projects and initiatives for public use and that benefit and create jobs, support economic development and recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. We encourage indigenous and local government applicants to consider partnering with and ask that you reach out to not-for-profit applicants in your communities wherever possible for their consideration and applicability to CERIP. CERIP is designed to support projects that are construction ready in 2021 and can be completed by March 31, 2023. Every grant application is assessed in the context of the program eligibility guidelines.   The final approval of projects and funds will not occur until a new cabinet is sworn in.   The online Local Government Information System (LGIS) portal will be open for applications on October 1, 2020 and will close application intake on October 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. All applications must be submitted through LGIS with the exception of Indigenous applicants applying through the Unique Heritage Infrastructure Stream who will be directed to apply via the First Peoples Cultural Council’s web portal.   In order to access LGIS, the online application, applicants require a business BCeID. All applicants’ business BCeIDs must be linked to the LGIS online application by ministry program staff. It is recommended that new BCeIDs are obtained as soon as possible to allow enough time to link the BCeID to the online application system. Program information such as application instructions and links to resource documents are available at www.gov.bc.ca/CERIP. Please click on the link below for more information. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/economic-recovery/cerip   
  • 27 October 2020
    RFP 2020 Landfill Operations and Maintenance Deadline October 27 Through this Request for Proposals, the Town of Osoyoos invites Proposals for the supply of Operation and Maintenance services for the Town’s sanitary landfill located at 17250-146 Avenue, Osoyoos, BC. CLOSING DATE AND TIME:  OCTOBER 27, 2020 AT 2:00PM LOCAL TIME  RESPONDENT’S SITE MEETING:  2:00PM LOCAL TIME, OCTOBER 8, 2020 AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE TOWN OF OSOYOOS LANDFILL, 17250-146 AVENUE, OSOYOOS, BC The contract shall commence on December 1, 2020, with onsite Services commencing on January 1, 2021 and continuing for a period of five years, expiring on December 31, 2025.  The contract term may be extended for a further period of five years through to December 31, 2030 at the Town’s sole discretion and subject to mutual agreement on pricing and terms.  This RFP document sets-out: the details of the Services required; the process for submission, evaluation and award of the Contract; the terms and conditions of the Contract; plus forms which outline the information a Respondent to this RFP should submit in their Proposal.  This Request for Proposals (the “RFP”) is organized into the following parts:  Part A: The Services – full details of the Services required Part B: The RFP Process – the process for submissions, evaluation and award of the Contract Part C: The Contract – the Contract the Town will enter into with the selected Contractor Part D: Submission Forms – the forms a Respondent should submit in their Proposal CLICK HERE to view the RFP Documents. Please note that you will need to Create an Account to Register for this Bid or Submit a Question(s). Click on the BIDS&TENDERS button below to view/register/submit a question.    Andy Brennan, SCMP The Interior Purchasing Office Inc. 250-826-7996 andy@interiorpurchasing.ca www.interiorpurchasing.ca
  • 24 October 2020
    Provincial General Election October 24 The B.C. provincial election is on Saturday, October 24, 2020 and Elections BC wants to ensure that all eligible voters in British Columbia have the information they need to vote. Voting in this election will be different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Elections BC has been working with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer to ensure the voting process is safe and accessible. Voter Information Voter's Guide Where to Vote application to find voting places and the dates they are open Elections BC website Elections BC Facebook page Elections BC Twitter All voters have the option of voting by mail this election, but to do so they need to request a vote-by-mail package as soon as possible. They can request a package until October 17 online or by calling 1-800-661-8683. If you have any questions about local voting opportunities you can contact the Osoyoos District Electoral Officer at: (T) 778-597-9030 (E) DEOBDS@elections.bc.ca 8702 Main Street Osoyoos, BC Or follow up with Voter Services via email or by calling 1-800-661-8683. Elections BC (E) electionsbc@elections.bc.ca (TF) 1-800-661-8683 (TTY) 1-888-456-5448
  • 23 October 2020
    NOTICE OF INTENTION Partnering Agreement with Tesla Motors Canada Notice is hereby given that the Town of Osoyoos intends to provide assistance to Tesla Motors Canada, ULC, (Tesla) under the terms of a Partnering Agreement by leasing land, known civically as 8513 74th Avenue, at less than market rates so that Tesla may provide electric vehicle charging stations on behalf of the Town in accordance with the terms of the Agreement. Under the terms of the proposed Partnering Agreement, Tesla will have the right to install an electric vehicle charging station containing eleven (11) parking spaces, comprised of eight (8) Tesla charge posts (“Superchargers”) and three (3) dual port Combined Charging System (“CCS”) and/or CHArge de MOve charge posts (“CHAdeMO” together with CCS, collectively, the “Generic Chargers”). The provision of CHArge de MOve charge posts is subject to Tesla’s receipt of funding and approvals from Natural Resources Canada. The Charging Station would be installed at the municipal property located at 8513 74 Avenue, Osoyoos, BC. The initial term of the Agreement would be for a period of five (5) years with two (2) options to renew for an additional five (5) years each. If 3 generic level 2 chargers are installed at the station there will be no charge for use as current technology doesn’t provide for that but that may change as technology evolves or if those chargers are replaced. If CCS/CHAdeMO chargers are installed there will be a fee for their use based on charge time at market rates (currently $18/hour of charging time). Pursuant to the Agreement, Tesla shall (at its sole cost and expense): (i) arrange for all permits and approvals required by applicable governing bodies in relation to the Charging Station; (ii) arrange and pay for all utility services associated with the Charging Station; (iii) be responsible for maintaining the Charging Station (or causing such to be maintained), including repair and replacement of the Superchargers and/or the Generic Chargers and related equipment, as necessary; and (iv) be responsible for design and construction of the Charging Station, and for its removal and site restoration following termination of the Agreement. Pursuant to the Agreement, the Town shall: (i) be responsible for approving the plans and specifications related to construction of the Charging Station; and (ii) maintaining the common areas of the property, including but not limited to, the parking stalls associated with the Charging Station, such as for snow removal and garbage collection. Tesla will pay the Town an annual maintenance fee of $1000, during the first year of the term. The annual maintenance fee will be increased by the increase in CPI each year during the previous 12 months but in no event will the increase equal more that 3% per year. Exhibit A to the draft Agreement shows a plan view sketch of proposed site design. More information regarding the proposed Partnering Agreement may be obtained by contacting the undersigned or on the Town’s website under the October 5 Regular Council Meeting agenda. Allan Chabot Chief Administrative Officer Town of Osoyoos Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 250.495.6515 | info@osoyoos.ca  
  • 21 October 2020
    NOTICE OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION OCP Amendment Bylaw 1230.28 Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1230.28, 2020 Public Notice is hereby given that, in accordance with Section 475 of the Local Government Act, a Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sonora Community Centre located at 8505 68th Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to review information related to the Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendment Bylaw No. 1230.28, 2020, which received first and second reading on September 21, 2020 at the Regular Council meeting. Bylaw No. 1230.28, 2020 The Bylaw proposes to amend the Official Community Plan (OCP) by allowing for a HR - High Density Residential designation. The proposed amendment to the OCP Bylaw will allow for a rezoning proposal to proceed in order to accommodate a multi-family residential development (maximum 65 units) for the property located at 5601 Lakeshore Dr. A copy of the proposed OCP and corresponding zoning bylaw amendments may be reviewed at www.osoyoos.ca or at the Department of Planning and Development Services office by appointment, located at 8711 Main Street from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, excluding lunch hours from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and excluding Saturdays and Sundays. Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1230.28, 2020 Report 1 OCP Amendment Bylaw No. 1230.28, 2020 COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS  IF YOU ARE SICK OR EXPERIENCING FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS FACILITY. If you have any underlying medical conditions, it is recommended that you not visit our facility. If you have travelled outside Canada, you are not permitted on our premises until you have self-isolated for a minimum of 14 days. Physical distancing is required at all times (minimum of 2 meters). Failure to observe physical distancing risks the closure of the facility, and as such, you will be asked to leave the premises. All visitors are not allowed to use the front entrance where the Okanagan Library is located.  You must enter the building using the east/back side of the building (parking lot door near the Osoyoos Elementary School Basketball Courts). Visitors will be encouraged to wear masks in the hallway, wash/sanitize their hands before and after accessing the building and must follow physical distancing guidelines. You will be required to complete a screening form and sign an informed consent when entering the Sonora Community Centre. Gina MacKay, MCIP, RPP Director of Planning & Development Services Box 3010, 8711 Main Street Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0   gmackay@osoyoos.ca
  • 16 October 2020
    TENDER Bayview Lift Station Construction Update Tender was awarded to TwinCon Enterprises Ltd on October 5, 2020. CLICK HERE  to view the construction letter that was provided to the residents in the area. Twincon will begin preliminary work on October 21, 2020 with construction starting immediately after. Twincon will be working in the area until approximately December 20, 2020 and returning to complete final work and paving in May 1 to May 15, 2021. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact: TwinCon Enterprises Ltd Justin Manuel, Site Representation @ 250.488.3201 https://www.twincon.ca/  TENDER CLOSED - CLICK HERE FOR TENDER SUMMARY The Town of Osoyoos invites tenders for the construction of the Bayview Lift Station in Osoyoos, BC.  Sealed Tenders clearly marked “BAYVIEW LIFT STATION” will be received at the Town of Osoyoos Office, 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, B.C. V0H 1V0 up to 2:00 p.m. local time, Thursday, September 10, 2020. Note that due to health and safety related to COVID-19, tenders will be opened privately in the Town of Osoyoos Office at 2:00 p.m. on the tender closing date. A summary of specific work items includes the following (approx. quantities): Installation of owner-supplied FRP Lift Station Removal of existing Jenco Lift Station Installation of approximately 70m of watermain Installation of approximately 60m of sanitary sewer Installation of approximately 80m of sanitary forcemain and valve chamber Electrical CLICK HERE to view Tender Documents, Drawings, Addendum, etc. All TENDER documents are available online at BCBID or paper copies may be ordered and picked up at the address below, on payment of a non-refundable amount of three-hundred ($300) dollars, including GST (cheques payable to TRUE Consulting): TRUE Consulting 201-2079 Falcon Road Kamloops, BC V2C 4J2 All bidders are asked to register with TRUE Consulting (using the Planholder Registration Form) to receive addenda that may be issued during the tender period.  Bidders that do not receive or do not acknowledge receipt of addenda may be disqualified from the tender process. Questions and clarifications regarding the Tender must be submitted to TRUE Consulting no later than Wednesday, September 2, 2020.  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. 
  • 15 October 2020
    Winter Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms As of October 15, 2020 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.   
  • 15 October 2020
    Water Systems 8 & 9 Shut Down starts October 15 The Osoyoos Rural Water Irrigation Systems 8 and 9 will shut down starting on Thursday, October 15, 2020. An application and payment for extension of water service until Friday, October 30, 2020 may be made at Town Hall (8707 Main Street) should your require late water. HOURS OF OPERATION   MONDAY – FRIDAY 9:00AM – 1:00PM *Excluding Statutory Holidays   Due to ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic only one customer is permitted at a time in the Town Hall foyer as per the Town of Osoyoos COVID Exposure Control Plan.  If you are sick or experiencing flu like symptoms please do not enter this facility. The deadline for late water submissions is Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm. Operational Services Department 11500 115 Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)    250.495.6213 (E)   pubworks@osoyoos.ca  
  • 5 October 2020
    Council Highlights for October 5, 2020 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 Business Brianne Hillson, Deputy Corporate Officer, presented an overview on the draft Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1367, 2020 to Council. Included in the draft is a proposed change to the scheduled dates for Regular Meetings, beginning in 2021, to the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The draft bylaw will be brought to Council for consideration at the Regular Meeting on October 19. REGULAR OPEN MEETING Delegations Mike Campol, from Spirit of the Games, and Kevin Primeau, from Kids Matter Youth Foundation, made a presentation to Council regarding their donation of funds for accessibility projects around Town. Spirit of the Games is donating $9,500.00 and Kids Matter Youth Foundation is donating $1,500.00 towards the purchase of an accessible swing for either Lions or Kinsmen Park. Bylaws Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 1366, 2020 was adopted. This bylaw updates and renews the Town’s permissive tax exemption bylaw. This year the lone addition is the Osoyoos Museum, while the lone deletion is the property previously owned by the Trustee of Osoyoos Congregation of Jehovah Witness. Business Council accepted the application for Development Variance Permit No. 20-04 and authorized staff to proceed with the notification process of Council’s intention to consider issuance of the permit at the October 19, 2020 regular Council meeting. If approved this variance of the Sign Bylaw would allow for the placement of three temporary signs on the townhome development at 8000 Vedette Drive. Council forwarded the 2021 Draft Budget for the Sun Bowl Arena to the RDOS for their budgeting approval process. Council gave notice of their intention to lease a portion of the building at the Sonora Community Center for the purpose of operating a preschool for a term of three years, commencing November 1, 2020, to Mrs. D’s Playschool at the initial monthly rental rate of $550.00. Council awarded the contract for the Bayview Lift Station to Twin Con Enterprise in the amount of $339,057.60 and authorized the Town’s signatories to enter into a contract for the works specified in the tender documents. Council allowed the property at 17418 87th Street in the RDOS to connect to the Northwest Sector Sewer system. Council authorized staff to vary from the Purchasing Policy with regards to Performance Bonding for the upcoming Request for Proposal for the Operation and Maintenance of the Sanitary Landfill by setting the value of the mandatory performance bond requirement at $100,000.00 and providing for that obligation to be secured by an irrevocable letter of credit or certified bond. Jim Zakall, Director of Finance, Tyler Hilland, Deputy Fire Chief of Prevention, and Ryan McCaskill, Deputy Fire Chief, presented the proposed 2021 Fire Department Budget to Council. The proposed increase is $25.00 for an average single family dwelling and includes a continuance of the Three Chief Model and a new multipurpose vehicle without air brakes that more operators would be able to drive. Staff will review the overall costs and services from this year to last year and bring the budget back to the next Regular Open meeting. Council gave notice of their intention to enter into a partnering agreement with Tesla Motors Canada, ULC, whereby Tesla agrees to provide, operate, maintain, replace, and pay all utility costs for eleven electric vehicle charging stations in the public parking lot located at 8513 74th Avenue in Osoyoos. Reports Councillor Bennett attended the MIABC committee meeting and AGM. He has been re-elected to the board. Mayor McKortoff attended the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s (OBWB) 50th Anniversary. OBWB and the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control are planning a water science forum for next September. Mayor McKortoff noted that the annual meeting of the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control is being held virtually on October 8th. Mayor McKortoff noted that October 4-10 is Fire Prevention week, with a theme of Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen. Mayor McKortoff attended a Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust meeting in Kelowna. Mayor McKortoff wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and noted that we need to be extremely careful about celebrating the holiday this year, and reminded everyone to keep our bubbles and circles small. Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website www.osoyoos.ca.
  • 1 October 2020
    NOTICE 2021 Property Tax Exemptions Please take notice that the Council of the Town of Osoyoos proposes to adopt Year 2021 Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 1366, 2020 under the authority of Section 224 of the Community Charter. By this bylaw, council exempts the following land and/or improvements from taxation under Section 197(1) (a) of the Community Charter, for a 1 year period: Jim Zakall Director of Finance/Deputy CAO Box 3010 | 8707 Main Street | Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6515 (E)  info@osoyoos.ca  
  • 30 September 2020
    Sonora Community Centre Re-opening September 21, 2020 We are pleased to announce that the Sonora Community Centre will be reopening on Monday September 21! To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff the following procedures, protocols and guidelines will be in place: All patrons must use the entrance on the east side of the building (door beside the Osoyoos Elementary School basketball courts). You will not be permitted access from the front door by the library. Everyone entering the building will be required to complete a screening form and sign an informed consent form each time they enter the building. Anyone who is showing signs or under the investigation of a respiratory illness, has been outside of the country in the previous 14 days or has been in close contact with someone who has or is under the investigation of a respiratory illness will not be permitted to enter the building. The doors to the Sonora Community Centre will remained locked. Users must book a time to use the facility or make an appointment to see the staff at the Sonora Community Centre. Users will be allowed into the facility no more than 15 minutes prior to their booked time and are asked to exit the building promptly after your booked time. Those wishing to use the weight room must book their workout time in advance. Users may book no more than 1 hour of time and must have a current 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or annual pass for the Sonora Community Centre. Weight room users must come already dressed to workout. Staff will begin taking bookings for pickleball courts Thursday September 17th, 2020. Change rooms and showers will not be available. Fitness classes will be available starting in October. Registration will be required and will start September 23. Pickleball courts will be available to book for 1 hour time slots. Users must book a full court (4 players) and all players must have a current 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or annual pass for the Sonora Community Centre. Courts may not be booked more than two weeks in advance. Players must bring their own equipment. Paddles and balls will not be provided. Staff will begin taking bookings for pickleball courts Thursday September 17th, 2020. Facility users will be encouraged to wear masks in the hallway, wash/sanitize their hands before and after accessing the building and must follow physical distancing guidelines.   Everyone that had a current membership when the centre was shut down March 17, 2020 will have their membership extended to make up for the time that was lost. 10 punch pass holders with passes remaining will be grandfathered in until their passes are used at which time they will be required to switch to a 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or annual pass. For more information regarding the re-opening of the Sonora Community Centre call: Community Services Department (T)  250.495.6562 (E)  recreation@osoyoos.ca   
  • 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. PAYMENT OPTIONS Due to COVID-19 Town Office is Open Reduced hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm A variety of payment methods are available to pay your Property Taxes: Mail a Cheque - Box 3010, Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0 Drop off your payment in the mail slot (left hand side of door) at Town Office located at 8707 Main Street.  E-Transfer NEW Credit Card Online - CLICK HERE  Local Financial Institution Telephone/Internet Banking - *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. For more information or questions please contact: Tammy Derbyshire Accounting Clerk (T)  250.495.4612 (E)  tderbyshire@osoyoos.ca  Kahlua Gordin Senior Accounting Clerk (T)  250.495.4614 (E)  kgordin@osoyoos.ca 
  • 28 August 2020
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  • 24 August 2020
    Face Coverings Mandatory on BC Transit Buses as of August 24 BC Transit, in alignment with TransLink and other transportation agencies, will be proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the Province as of August 24.   Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of 5 and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons.   We recognize the advice from health professionals, including Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, has been to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible including on transit vehicles. Customers have indicated making the use of face coverings mandatory will create a more comfortable environment.   While face coverings will be mandatory, the policy will be implemented as an educational step without enforcement. The educational position is aligned with TransLink and other transit agencies in Canada.     We will work hard to ensure customers are aware of our new policy over the coming weeks, and work together to make transit a comfortable environment for staff and customers.   The Together We Ride campaign continues across the province, promoting the need to work together to make the transit journey comfortable for customers. Details are available here: bctransit.com/together-we-ride   BC Transit and our local government partners are working on plans to hand out promotional face coverings later this summer. Stay tuned for more details!   For more details about the mandatory mask policy and BC Transit’s response to COVID-19, please visit bctransit.com or call your local transit office. “Transit is an important service for many British Columbians. BC Transit's decision to make masks mandatory on their vehicles will help make transit safer for fellow passengers. Find one that's comfortable, and make time to get used to wearing them and taking them on and off as needed. Those of us who are able should be using masks on transit all the time. I do and I expect others to as well.” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
  • 31 July 2020
    Town of Osoyoos Sewer Odour Issues Town Council and staff are aware of odour issues again this year from the wastewater treatment plant by the golf course and associated wastewater system in the community. We take these odour issues seriously, and understand the frustration that residents feel as this issue remains unresolved and seems to recur each year. Wastewater treatment and disposal are complex matters and the Town can’t simply change operating procedures or buy an additive that will resolve the situation despite claims that could be done and the problem would be resolved. The Town has budgeted for system improvements in its Financial Plan designed to improve the treatment and disposal of wastewater and address odour concerns including the recently completed Main Wastewater Pumping Station (MWWPS) at a cost of approximately $5M. The new MWWPS includes screening capacity designed to remove solids and other discarded materials often found in wastewater before pumping effluent to the sewage lagoons for treatment. This will reduce the accumulation of sludge in the lagoons and improve bacteriological processes that treat wastewater. The Town will likely need to de-sludge the sewage lagoons again in the near future now that the MWWPS is online to improve system operation. The Town has recently completed works to improve aeration to the treatment plant, hoping that it would improve dissolved oxygen levels in the ponds; oxygen is key in the support of the biological processes. The Town has budgeted for an Operational Assessment of the lagoons in 2020 to review and improve operational processes as well as potential capital improvements to access the treatment process. Why does the Wastewater Treatment Plant smell so bad at certain times of year? The odour concerns seem to be worst during periods of hot weather and when the Town experiences its seasonal peak visitation in the summer months. The wastewater treatment system receives inflows in the summer that are far greater than the amount usually received during non-peak months. The treatment system is designed to receive these additional flows, but the treatment process needs to adjust and this takes time. Odours are further exacerbated by the higher temperatures due to a rise in water temperature. There are many factors influencing why this occurs and why residents experience issues with offensive odours. Addressing this problem has proven difficult and despite it being a concern for many years a final solution has not been identified. The size of the ponds, variation in volumes and composition of inflows as well as climatic conditions makes it difficult to predict when the odour issues might arise but generally it is worst when the weather is hot. While offensive, these odours do not present a risk to public health. How does the Wastewater Treatment Plant work? The wastewater treatment plant operates with aerated lagoons and now with mechanical pre-screening at the MWWPS. The plant operates with naturally occurring bacteria to perform the task of treating the influent, which is enhanced by aeration, mixing and occasionally the addition of some chemicals. Once treatment is complete, the treated effluent is then chlorinated and used to irrigate the Osoyoos Golf Club and West Bench sports fields, with any excess being disposed of to the ground south of Desert Park racetrack. The Town operates monitoring wells to ensure that wastewater disposal does not negatively impact ground water supplies or Osoyoos Lake. In 2020 the Town has budgeted for the installation of two new groundwater monitoring wells. The Town continues to obtain advice and design solutions from qualified professional engineers who are experts in the field of wastewater treatment and disposal. The Town’s operators are trained in accordance with the Provincial Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) and work hard to ensure the plant operates as efficiently and odour-free as possible. Municipal wastewater treatment and disposal is regulated by the Provincial Environmental Management Act and subject to permit conditions that dictate effluent quality and disposal methods. Some factors that influence odours: Inflow Wastewater collection system piping and manholes Wastewater pumping stations Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) Total suspended solids pH, too acidic can cause anaerobic digestion Total flow Temperature Grease Treatment inhibitors/toxicity Pond Aeration of the pond (Dissolved Oxygen) Mixing - Seasonal turn over. It is quite common for aerated lagoons to smell for a week or so in spring and fall. Air Temperature Warmer temperatures leads to higher treatment rates, requiring more oxygen. Lower temperatures inhibits treatment, causing sludge build up, which can turn over (seasonally) causing odours when air temperatures increase. Environment Disposal method Wind and airflow Time of day and seasonal patterns Temperature Proximity to dwellings Contact Information Operational Services 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca   
  • 31 July 2020
    UPDATES on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan | Visitor Screening Form | PreparedBC Pandemic Preparedness Guide 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 08 25 EOC COVID-19 Bulletin 19 - State of Emergency-Exposure Control-Bylaw  Posted August 26 @ 12:30pm Message from Mayor (Updated August 26) The State of Emergency in British Columbia has been extended once again so our EOC in the Town of Osoyoos continues to work with our provincial and federal governments and health officers to keep our community safe. We monitor the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis and ensure that we pay attention to WorkSafeBC and Interior Health protocols.   We have welcomed a lot of tourists this summer which has helped many of our local businesses enjoy a busy season. Thank you all for continuing to take the critical steps to keep your families, friends and yourselves safe and healthy. Please continue to wash your hands often, stay at least 2 meters away from others, and stay home when you are sick. I encourage you to wear masks when you are not able to keep a social distance, and when you are inside businesses.   We certainly hope that a vaccine will be developed soon, but 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. Mayor Sue McKortoff 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. 2020 07 06 Town of Osoyoos Covid Exposure Control Plan Please click on the link below to view current/previous Bulletins posted. https://osoyoos.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/94866  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. Town Hall is only permitting one person at a time into the facility. Town Hall 250.495.6515 9AM-1PM Monday-Friday (Excluding Statutory Holidays) Sonora Community Centre 250.495.6562 Contact Sonora Community Centre for more info. Sunbowl Arena 250.495.6562 Contact Sonora Community Centre for more info. Dog Park 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Goodman Park Washroom 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca Marina Washroom 250.495.6213 pubworks@osoyoos.ca Osoyoos Regional Library 250.860.4033 Please refer to their website for more information. 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 Sunrise Marina 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca  (Closes October 31) Tennis Courts 250.495.6562 recreation@osoyoos.ca Town Offices Remain 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:  Planning & Development Services 250.495.6191 plan@osoyoos.ca By Appointment Only Bylaw Enforcement 250.495.6515 info@osoyoos.ca   RCMP Office 250.495.7236 Emergency Call 9-1-1   Fire Hall 250.495.4631 fire@osoyoos.ca   Operations (Public Works) 250.495.4613 pubworks@osoyoos.ca   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. CLOSED Facilities Desert Park 250.495.6562 TBD West Bench Complex (Ball Diamonds Only) 250.495.6562 TBD Boat (Paid) Trailer Parking Lot 250.495.6515 Closed for the Season Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. 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 Osoyoos EOC 250.495.4635 eoc@osoyoos.ca
  • 1 April 2020
    SUMMER HOURS Osoyoos & District Sanitary Landfill DUE TO COVID-19 PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHEN AT THE FACILITY. All garbage must be in bags and securely tied.  Loose loads of garbage will be refused.  This measure has been put in place to protect staff and residents from unsanitary debris at the Landfill. AT THIS TIME ONLY DEBIT WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR PAYMENT. No PERSON shall act in a manner that is threatening, discourteous, disruptive, or willfully negligent while on the SITE. Osoyoos & District Sanitary Landfill rates/fees are $110.00 per metric tonne, unless otherwise specified. The minimum charge remains at $5.00. SUMMER HOURS - April 1 to October 31 Tuesday              8:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday       11:00 am to 4:00 pm Thursday           11:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday                11:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday             8:00 am to 4:00 pm   HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING bins are accessible, without charge, during Landfill operational hours.   YARD AND GARDEN WASTE free up to 100 Kg per load. Conditions apply.   All loads entering the landfill must be covered and secured or will be fined as per Bylaw 1309.05,2019. CLICK HERE to view Landfill Brochure. Please click here for more information and rates. Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)    250.495.6515 (E)    info@osoyoos.ca  
  • 1 April 2020
    Boil Water Notice Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 effective April 1 The Town of Osoyoos has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE for Domestic Water Customers served by Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 Effective April 1, 2020 until further notice.    Please refer to the first three digits (008 or 009) of the account number on your annual utilities invoice, or click System 8 or System 9. Click here for a list of System 8 Addresses that are now connected to the Town Domestic System and are not required to boil their water. 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. Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 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.  System 9 is being reviewed and projects are being developed.    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. Click here for a Printable Version of the Boil Water Notice and Maps. 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

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