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  • 16 November 2019
    Boil Water Notice Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 from April 1-November 16 The Town of Osoyoos has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE for Domestic Water Customers served by Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 Effective April 1, 2019 until November 16, 2019.    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. 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. Interior Health has been consulted, and the public will be notified when conditions change or water quality has improved. The Town of Osoyoos is in the process of separating irrigation lines from domestic lines to improve water quality.  The public will be notified when these projects are completed. Please notify tenants, visitors, or other building occupants of the boil water notice. Thank you in advance for your patience. If you have any further questions please contact: Operational Services Department Box 3010, 11500 115 Street Osoyoos BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.6213  (E)
  • 4 November 2019
    Employment Opportunity for Senior Planner Deadline November 4 Printable PDF Version The resort municipality of Osoyoos, BC located in the beautiful south Okanagan Valley, approximately 60 km south of Penticton on the BC/Washington State border, is seeking a Senior Planner.  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 and live.   Osoyoos is seeking an individual motivated to provide professional planning and development services to internal and external clients in the position of Senior Planner.  This position reports to the Director of Planning and Development Services and will work cooperatively with diverse work groups in the organization and have the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with Council, Committees and outside agencies.  The challenging workload includes a varied, diverse and sophisticated level of professional opportunities.   The qualified candidate’s excellent organization and communications skills will further assist public stakeholders to define problems, identify solutions and options, and build consensus.  If you have the ability to assemble, analyze and synthesize demographic, socio-economic, environmental, land use and infrastructure information needed for planning purposes and hold the following qualifications, Osoyoos offers a challenging opportunity! Preferably a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning or a closely related field combined with 3 years related experience OR a bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Planning or a closely related field combined with 7 years related and varied experience; Additional university accreditation in planning related programs such as urban design, sustainable development or community engagement would be an asset; Knowledge of the BC Community Charter, BC Local Government Act, and other provincial policies in respect of planning matters; Demonstrated broad and detailed knowledge of contemporary community and regional planning theories and practices; Ability to work on a number of concurrent tasks with deadline pressures; Strong report writing and presentation skills; Undertake leadership role with special projects; Provide quality customer service including courteously and expeditiously responding to front counter enquiries; Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office products - Outlook, Word, Powerpoint and Excel, along with working knowledge of GIS related programs; Ability to work evenings and weekends; Valid BC Driver’s License. This permanent full-time position is included in the CUPE bargaining unit. The hourly wage for the position is $36.09 - $42.46 depending upon qualifications and experience, plus an attractive fringe benefits package.  For a copy of the detailed job description please click here. Qualified individuals are invited to submit a cover letter and resume in confidence by 2:00 PM on Monday, November 4, 2019 either online or to: Janette Van Vianen Director of Corporate Services PO Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos, BC    V0H 1V0 (E)   Position related questions may be directed to: Gina MacKay, MCIP, RPP Director of Planning & Development Services   (T)  250.495.4606 We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.  
  • 4 November 2019
    Next Town Council to be held on Monday November 4, 2019 Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday November 4, 2019 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 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
  • 2 November 2019
    2019 Notice of Election by Voting for Rural Water Systems 8 & 9 NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors in those areas serviced by the Town of Osoyoos Rural Water District Systems 8 and 9 that an election by voting is necessary to elect a Water Councillor, for a three year term and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are:   WATER COUNCILLOR – One (1) to be elected Surname                    Usual Names                Residential Address or Jurisdiction APPLEBY                   Robert                             8704-22nd Avenue, Osoyoos, BC DE RAADT                  Jacob                              8921-122 Avenue, RR 2, Osoyoos, BC   VOTING DATES AND LOCATIONS GENERAL VOTING will be open to qualified electors who are residents in and users of Osoyoos Water District Systems 8 or 9: Saturday, November 2, 2019 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at the following location: Town of Osoyoos Council Chambers 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC   ADVANCE VOTING will be available to qualified electors as follows: Wednesday, October 23, 2019  and Wednesday, October 30, 2019  between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at the following location: Town of Osoyoos Council Chambers 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC  ELECTOR REGISTRATION There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of all electors for this election will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements: 18 years of age or older on general voting day Canadian citizen resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding the day of registration must be resident or owner of property, and a user of water in the area serviced by Osoyoos Water District System 8 or 9 (exclusive of those areas within the Town of Osoyoos) for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law. Resident electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature, e.g. Driver’s License). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. Non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature, e.g. Driver’s License) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if there is more than one owner of the property, written consent from the majority of the property owners. Brianne Hillson Chief Election Officer Town of Osoyoos 8707Main Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0 (T) 250.495.6515
  • 1 November 2019
    WINTER HOURS Osoyoos & District Sanitary Landfill Effective November 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020 Tuesday                     8:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday             11:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday                   8:00 am to 4:00 pm    RECYCLING IN BC - Click here for a comprehensive guide about recycling at the Landfill. HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING bins are accessible, without charge, during Landfill operating hours. YARD AND GARDEN WASTE without charge 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 1267. Click here for more information about the Landfill
  • 31 October 2019
    Osoyoos Fire Department SURVEY Deadline October 31 Printable Version As the Osoyoos Fire Department moves into new leadership, settles into its new fire hall, and seeks to increase its membership, we are looking to better understand what the public thinks and feels about its Fire Department.  Paper copies will be available at Town Hall and Sonora Community Centre for pick-up. Paper copies of the survey can be dropped off at Town Hall during working hours from 8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday excluding holidays.  The mail slot is available at the front entrance for after hours. Thank you for taking 5-10 minutes to complete this survey. All your responses will be anonymous and confidential. FIREFIGHTER RECRUITMENT - Is Firefighting in you FUTURE?  Osoyoos Fire Department 250.495.4613 
  • 31 October 2019
    Halloween Monster's Ball on October 31 at SCC Read below for Halloween Safety Tips! Town of Osoyoos Fire Department, Council and Staff wishes everyone a happy Halloween and asks all the little ghost and goblins out there to stay safe while they enjoy their trick-or-treating. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) offers helpful Halloween safety tips: Wear reflective costumes, carry a flashlight or wear glow sticks to improve visibility Avoid masks and costumes that obstruct visibility or consist of billowy materials Instead of candles, use battery operated candles or glow sticks in your jack-o’-lanterns, candelabras and other spooky decorations Remind children to keep clear of jack-o’-lanterns and other decorations that do have candles and open flames Keep flammable decorations, such as dried flowers, cornstalks, costumed characters and craft paper, away from candles, fireplaces and other open flames and heat sources Clear all pathways and exits of pumpkins and large decorations that may pose tripping hazards for trick-or-treaters or block your way in an emergency Watch those candles! Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle, according to the NFPA. Osoyoos Fire Department also reminds everyone that fireworks can cause injury and fire. Only certified professionals, who obtain a special events permit from the Fire Chief, are permitted to set off fireworks.  
  • 31 October 2019
    SUMMER HOURS Osoyoos & District Sanitary Landfill 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 changed on May 1, 2017 to $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, 2017. 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)  
  • 29 October 2019
    BC Youth Parliament Application Deadline is October 29, 2019 The British Columbia Youth Parliament's 91st Parliament will hold it's parliamentary session in Victoria at the Provincial Legislative Chambers from December 27-December 31, 2019. The Youth Parliament is a province-wide non-partisan organization for young people ages 16-21. It teaches citizenship skills through participation in the December parliamentary session and in community service activities throughout the year. Youth Parliament is a one-year commitment.  Youth are encouraged to apply for this opportunity by Tuesday October 29, 2019. For more information about the British Columbia Youth Parliament including how to apply: (T)   604.646.6623 (E)  (W)
  • 25 October 2019
    NOTICE of Intent to Direct Award Beach Cleaner Deadline October 25 Notice is hereby given by the Town of Osoyoos of its intent to direct award a purchase to Oakcreek All-Terrain Vehicles for a new Beach Cleaning Machine, Cherrington 5500 with the following specifications: All wheel Drive with 3 Wheel, Zero Turn ability Variable Speed, oscillating sifting screen, with galvanized loading paddles, supported by a system of carbide glide pucks and hardened steel rails Screening/cleaning width of 60”, depth adjustment from 0” to 6” Cleaning speed of 0 to 8.5 mph, with infinite hydrostatic control 1.5 cubic yard hoper, with variable dumping heights, ground to 102” Polyurethane groomer, 110” wide to remove tire tracks and leave a groomed surface Corrosion and abrasion resistant coatings; grit blasted an powder coated with zinc rich epoxy primer and polyester top coat Certified Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS) Cab mounted video display for two cameras: rear-view and sifting screen Ground clearance of 10” for road travel Automatic parking brake Night working lights, visual flashers, audible backup warning signal  The Town of Osoyoos has chosen not to tender the purchase of this equipment for the following reason(s):  No known competition for beach cleaning equipment in North America  Vendors wishing to object to this decision should EMAIL or FAX a Letter of Objection by 2:00 pm on Friday, October 25, 2019 to the Town of Osoyoos. The letter of objection should present specific reasons for their objection. Vendor qualification and ability to provide the same equipment functionality at same or lower cost will be the key criteria with regard to the consideration of a vendor’s objections.    Operational Services Department Attention: Jared Brounstein 11500 115 Street, Box 3010 Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0 Email: Fax Number: 250.495.2400
  • 15 October 2019
    Winter Hours of Operation for Park Washrooms As of October 15, 2019 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 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.   
  • 7 October 2019
    Council Meeting Highlights for October 7, 2019 Click on button to watch the video of the Committee of the Whole, Regular Open, and Public Hearing meetings. Committee of the Whole Regular Open Public Hearing 4PM Public Hearing 4:30PM   COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING   Delegations Bryn White, Program Manager South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP), made a presentation to Council about participating in the SOSCP Conservation Fund. Council directed staff to prepare a report on the Conservation Fund for the Town of Osoyoos’ participation in the sub-regional conservation service established by the RDOS. Janis St. Louis and Debbie Dundass made a presentation to Council about Music in the Park’s 2019 season and to request an increase in funding of $4,000.00 for their 2020 season in order to allow them to fix their website, get bands that they could not otherwise hire, and to incorporate local warm-up acts. Council directed staff to bring the total Music in the Park 2020 request of $19,000.00 from the Resort Municipality Initiative funding program to a future Regular Open Meeting for early budget considerations. REGULAR OPEN MEETING   Correspondence Council supported the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC in their $10aDay Child Care Campaign. Bylaws Council denied the Rezoning Application for 4205 Oleander Drive from proceeding further. Had this application been approved it would have allowed the lakefront property to be rezoned from High Density Residential to Low Density Residential. Business Council approved the Licence to Use Agreement with the Osoyoos Lawn Bowling Club for a term of 5 years, commencing on October 1, 2019, with the option to renew for a five year term. Council also authorized the Town’s signing authorities to sign the agreement. Council waived the requirements of the Town’s Purchasing Policy, allowing for the Sole Source purchase of a Cherrington 5500 Beach Cleaner. Staff will bring back a report to Council on the uses of the beach cleaner. Council granted pre-budget approval in the amount of $350,000.00 in order to start the tendering process in 2019 for a 2020 delivery of a new street sweeper. Reports Councillor Bennett attended the Municipal Insurance Association meetings in Vancouver. Councillor Harvey attended the Regional Library board meeting in Kelowna, where the draft budget was presented. Councillor Harvey attended the South Okanagan Similkameen Local Immigration Partnership meeting in Penticton. Councillor Rhodes shared his excitement about the potential new time change legislation, saying that it is great to see the power of change that can be ignited when the public is engaged and lobbies the government for change. Councillor Rhodes encouraged everyone to vote in the Federal election on October 21. Councillor King attended the Community Services meeting and shared that a practice wall will be placed at the tennis courts. Mayor McKortoff and Councillors Bennett, Rhodes, and King attended the UBCM meetings in Vancouver. Councillor Bennett felt it was very rewarding to make key connections with other municipalities and senior provincial government officials. Councillor Rhodes shared that delegates voted in favour of changing the voting age to 16 for provincial elections. Mayor McKortoff had seven different Ministerial meetings on behalf of the Town and other committees. Mayor McKortoff and Councillors Harvey and King attended the Choose Your Osoyoos meetings, which are related to the OCP review. Mayor McKortoff attended the Okanagan Basin Water Board meetings in Vernon. Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to attend the Fire Department’s Open House on October 12th. PUBLIC HEARING 4PM A Public Hearing was held in Council Chambers on October 7, 2019 at 4:00 PM for Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.125, 2019. If adopted this amendment would allow for a craft brewery to be located at 15 Park Place, as well as amend the definition of Craft Distillery to include craft breweries.   PUBLIC HEARING 4:30PM A Public Hearing was held in Council Chambers on October 7, 2019 at 4:30 PM for Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.123, 2019. If adopted this amendment would allow for a strata development consisting of six townhomes at 9111 92nd Avenue.   Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website   The public is encouraged to attend the Committee of the Whole meetings which take place in Council Chambers at 9:00 am on the morning of the Regular Open Council meetings at 2:00 pm to learn additional in-depth information regarding upcoming business.  
  • 1 October 2019
    FIREFIGHTER RECRUITMENT Is Firefighting in your FUTURE? The Osoyoos Fire Department (OFD) is looking to recruit qualified team members to their Department. Being a Paid-On-Call (Volunteer) Firefighter is a great way to be involved in the community, learn firefighting, first aid and emergency skills, keep physically fit and to enjoy the camaraderie of being actively involved in the Osoyoos Fire Department.   FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BECOMING A FIREFIGHTER!   Town of Osoyoos Fire Department Box 3010, 9901 74th Avenue Osoyoos  BC V0H 1V0 250.495.6515
  • 27 September 2019
    2019 By-Election for Water Councillor Water Councillor Nomination Documents | Water Councillor Candidate Information NOTICE OF NOMINATION PUBLIC NOTICE is given to the electors of the Town of Osoyoos that nominations for the office of:  Water Councillor - One (1) to be elected For a 3 (three) year term November 2019 - November 2022  Nominations will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person, as follows:  By hand, mail or other delivery service: Town of Osoyoos 8707 Main Street Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 From 9:00 am Tuesday, September 17, 2019 to 4:00 pm Friday, September 27, 2019 Excluding Statutory Holidays and Weekends By Fax to: 250-495-2400 By Email to From 9:00 am Tuesday, September 17, 2019 to 4:00 pm Friday, September 27, 2019 Excluding Statutory Holidays and Weekends Originals of faxed or emailed nomination documents must be received by the Chief Election Officer by 4:30 pm on Friday, October 4, 2019 Nomination documents are available at the Town of Osoyoos, Town Office, 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0, between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday excluding Statutory Holidays, or on the Town’s website at from August 29, 2019 to the close of nomination period (September 27, 2019).  QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE  A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a Water Councillor for the Town of Osoyoos if they meet the following criteria:  Canadian citizen;  18 years of age or older; resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; a person or the commander of an armed forces unit who has been granted freedom of the municipality, if that person is a Canadian citizen; not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office; and must be resident in and user of water in the area serviced by Osoyoos Water District System 8 or 9 CAMPAIGN PERIOD EXPENSE LIMITS  In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2019 by-election, the following expense limits for candidates during the campaign period apply:  Water Councillor     $5,000  THIRD PARTY ADVERTISING LIMITS  In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2019 by-election, the following third party advertising limits apply:  Water Councillor    $750  FURTHER INFORMATION on the nomination process may be obtained by contacting:  Brianne Hillson Chief Election Officer Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 (P) 250.495.6515 (F) 250.495.2400 Janette Van Vianen Deputy Chief Election Officer Box 3010, 8707 Main Street Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0 (P) 250.495.6515 (F) 250.495.2400 For further information on campaign period expense limits and third party advertising limits. please contact Elections BC:  Toll-free phone: 1-855-952-0280 Email: Website:  Click here for Candidate Information and Nomination Packages  
  • 3 September 2019
    BC Transit Rider's Guide Correction Effective September 3, 2019 PRINTABLE VERSION
  • 23 August 2019
    2019 Fall Activity & Program Guide is NOW available online! Find out what’s happening this Fall at the Sonora Community Centre! Jammed packed with activities for children and adults, the 2019 Fall Activity & Program Guide is now available online - see below. Hard copies of the 2019 Fall Activity & Program Guide will be available for pick up at the Sonora Community Centre and Town Hall the week of September 2, 2019  Early Bird Registration starts Wednesday September 11 at 5:30pm. Online and ongoing registration opens Thursday September 12, 2019.  All programs are open to community members and visitors.  Sonora Community Centre 8505 68th Avenue Osoyoos  BC  V0H 1V0 (T)  250.495.4623 (F)  250.495.2400 (E) Online Registration starts Thursday September 12, 2019
  • 1 January 2019
    Osoyoos Festival Society is looking for VOLUNTEERS!

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Halloween Monster's Ball on October 31 at SCC

2019 Osoyoos Festival Society Annual Christmas Lite Up

Art Gallery Opening Reception for The Way We See It on October 12

Fire Prevention Week Open House and BBQ at Fire Hall on October 12

2019 Empty Bowls Fundraiser November 13

2019 Soroptimists of Osoyoos Fashion Show November 16

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