The Town of Osoyoos Monday collectively thanked itself for a job well done, holding its annual general meeting as a prelude to its regular bi-weekly duties.

Nary a bad word was spoken.

Just a very few residents showed up for the event, only one had a comment to make — that, too, was positive — and everything was wrapped up inside 50 minutes.

A copy of the Town’s annual report is available here. You can download and read at your leisure.

To put a little fun to the exercise, we thought we’d pull some numbers from the report and provide a snapshot of just what the Town was up to in 2018.

Here’s what we uncovered:

  • 2 — Number of cats (along with 24 dogs) impounded in 2018.
  • 3 — Members of Osoyoos Council re-elected in 2018 Local General Elections
  • 10 — Freedom of Information requests handled by the Town’s Corporate Services department.
  • 15 — Decorative street lights installed along the Canal Pathway between 74 Ave. and Hwy. 3.
  • 29.4 — Hours Council spent in regular open meetings. Council members also spent 15.06 hours meeting as a Committee of the Whole, 2.72 hours in special open meetings and 4.9 hours for public hearings, for a total of 52.08 hours.
  • 37 — The number of years of dedicated service provided by Mike Thomas before he retired at the end of 2018 as the Town’s Operational Services foreman.
  • 43 — New municipal business licences issued.
  • 98 — Building permits issued for a total construction value of $15.782 million.
  • 191 — Number of calls to which the Osoyoos Fire Department’s 30 on-call paid members responded, including 129 for the Town of Osoyoos, 60 for Rural Area “A” and 2 mutual aid calls to Keremeos.
  • $350 — The fee imposed for the second and any additional false alarms responded to by the Osoyoos Fire Department to a location within the same calendar year. (There was one.)
  • 1,023 — Number of dog-related park infractions bylaw officers dealt with in 2018.
  • 1,123 — Number of alcohol-related park infractions bylaw officers dealt with in 2018.
  • 1,593 — The number of a possible 4,210 eligible Osoyoos electors who voted in the 2018 General Local Elections. This compares to 1,648 eligible voters in 2014 and 1,627 eligible voters in 2011.
  • 2,255 — Unique individual views of Council meetings live or on-demand via desktop and laptop computer, tablet, or smart phone through the Granicus platform on the Town’s website.
  • 5,000 — The magic population number that required the Town hold to advance voting opportunities during October’s 2018 General Local Elections.
  • $23,000 — What the boat trailer parking lot and marina’s pay parking machine collected in revenue after it was officially opened on June 3.
  • $30,057 — Value of renewed municipal business licences.
    $127,337.28 — Total costs to the Town for 2018 flooding, the majority of which was recoverable from the Province.
  • $380,656.00 — Amount the Town received in Resort Marketing Initiative funding.
  • $6,023,225 — Net revenues generated in 2018 from the sale of land and services, taxation, grants, fees and other sources on revenues of $16,680,201, less expenses of $10,656,976.


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