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Council Highlights for November 20 2017
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Council Highlights for November 20 2017
- 2018 Plan and Budget for Destination Osoyoos was presented by Kelley Glazer, Executive Director. Ms Glazer’s presentation was on the 2018 Marketing Plan and the 2018 Economic Development Tactical Plan & Budget. Destination Osoyoos is in their new location and are open for business.
- RCMP Quarterly Report – Sgt. Bayda, RCMP, introduced two new members to the detachment Cst. Brent Greenfield and Cpl. Dave Smith. Sgt. Bayda stated the crime statistics are not very different from other communities. The RCMP have arrested several prolific offenders who have had crime sprees in the South Okanagan. Sgt. Bayda advised that the RCMP could not bring in as many members for the extra summer patrols this year, due to the fires as detachments across the province were expected to provide members to help out with the state of emergency.
- Chris Bromage inquired about the Town’s tender process and questioned why local businesses are not approached. Mr. Bromage is unsure what the criteria on deciding on specific projects.
- 2018 Committee Appointments – Each year Mayor and Council appoints representatives to Special and Standing Committees. Staff was looking for direction as to the continuation of committees and the appointments.
- Councillor Campol gave a verbal report on the accessibility meeting he had with Councillor Rhodes and Mike Stiles. Council directed staff to bring back a report on a committee including a representative from Council, Destination Osoyoos and members of the public for accessibility.
REGULAR OPEN MEETING
- Councillor King and Councillor Rhodes presented cheques to Vic Brown from the Seniors Slow Pitch and Sue Whittaker from the Osoyoos Arts Council.
- Council will consider North Gyro Park as a potential location for the establishment of an inflatable waterpark and requests that Okanagan Wibit present its proposal at public open house.
- Council approved the Project Option #B (Existing Ball Diamond with Dog Park Development on BMX area: $150,200) being placed into the budget discussions.
- Council approved the Terms of Reference for the West Bench Dog Park Committee.
- Council appointed Councillor Rhodes to the West Bench Dog Park Committee.
- Council supported the proposal to become certified as an Age Friendly Community and to provide overall grant management for this project through the UBCM grant opportunity.
- Council approved the Acting Mayor Schedule for 2017-2018.
- Council approved the 2018 Regular Council meeting schedule with the January 2nd and August 7th Regular Council meetings being cancelled.
- Council appointed Mayor McKortoff to the Regional District of Similkameen Board with Councillor Rhodes as her alternate.
- Council appointed Councillor Youngberg to the Regional Library Board with Councillor Campol as her alternate.
- Council awarded the contract for the 2017 Canal Pathway Lighting Installation to Balogh Electric Ltd for $29,103.33 (taxes and contingency sum included)
- Council awarded the RFP for the new “Welcome Signs” to Landmark Signs for $146,276.00 (plus taxes) from the Resort Municipal Initiative funds.
- Council agreed to be a participant in a community lead process to address homelessness in Osoyoos.
- Council approved the Town submitting a joint application with the Town of Oiver, for the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for Emergency Social Services for up to $25,000.
- Council directed staff to go back to the Music in the Park organizers and try to seek out options for consideration to help them move the Piano in the Park.
- Council approved partnering with the Osoyoos Golf Club to make a grant application to the Rural Dividend Fund for irrigation improvements and providing $300,000 from the sewer reserve account to assist with paying a portion of the installation of a new irrigation system.
- Council accepted administrations recommendation to employ David Naime Associates to complete the Town Hall Assessment at a price of $31,378 including GST plus the $2,300 roof assessment.
- Councillor Campol advised that on November 22nd, the Stanley Cup will be onsite for the grand opening of the Osoyoos Indian Band office. On November 21st from 8:00 – 9:00 pm the Stanley Cup will be available for viewing at the Sonora Centre.
- Councillor Rhodes attended the Remembrance Day Ceremonies. Thanked Brian Holgate for being the master of ceremonies at the celebration.
- Councillor King attended the Economic Development committee where the budget was finalized.
- Councillor King encouraged everyone attend the Christmas parade on December 1st.
- Councillor Youngberg encouraged everyone to attend the Christmas festivities that are planned in the community.
- Mayor McKortoff attended the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society meeting last week.
- Mayor McKortoff will be attending the Regional District meeting where Greyhound Canada will be presenting to the RDOS directors.
- Mayor McKortoff signed the proclamation for Restorative Justice Week.
Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website www.osoyoos.ca.
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.
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