‘Rural’ Osoyoos properties may soon be town-bound

Editor’s Note: Updated to properly identify properties the Town wants to include in a boundary expansion.


Eight rural Osoyoos properties will soon receive invitations to become part of the Town of Osoyoos — “moving” to town from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

Osoyoos Council Monday passed a motion to proceed with a proposed boundary expansion for the properties located on 87 Street and Lakeshore Drive.

“The first action required is a resolution of council approving the boundary expansion for the specific properties,” explained CAO Barry Romanko. “Once this action is completed, Administration will send letters to the affected properties informing them of the effects of boundary expansion on their taxes and seeking their approval of coming into the town boundary.”

He added a petition was received from 45 East Bench residences last year requesting the boundary expansion.

Council approved a proposed boundary expansion for six 87 St properties and one more on Lakeshore Drive.

“In the event that the residential properties on 87 St don’t accept the invitation to join the Town, the Administration is recommending that council proceed with a boundary expansion request to the provincial minister that includes the identified parcels.”

Local not-for-profits receive community services grant cheques

Representatives from a number of local not-for-profit organizations were on hand to receive community service grant cheques from the Town.

The 22 Osoyoos organizations shared in $62,500 in community service grants, which can be used to provide services to “residents of Osoyoos in the form of special events, facility rentals and special projects.”

“Mayor and Council would like to thank you for the work you do in this community to make it a better place to live,” said Coun. Jim King prior to passing out cheques.

Wibit Park discussion ends with Canada Day conversation 

A Council discussion Council approved acquiring a lease from the province that would allow for a proposed Wibit park to operate at the north end of Gyro Park — but Mayor Sue McKortoff would prefer the park wasn’t open for Canada Day.

“They’re planning to come to our community in June to look for staffing opportunities,” said Gina MacKay, the town’s Director of Planning & Development Services. “They’d like to do a presentation at the high school. They do want to be open for Canada Day or prior to.”

That brought remarks from Mayor McKortoff who was concerned with both a crowded Gyro Park and the effect fireworks might have on the Wibit structures.

“We’ve got 10,000 people down there,” she said. “Can somebody talk to them about that because I don’t think it’s a good idea to be out there that day.”

Both CAO Barry Romanko and Ms. MacKay came to the Wibit park operator’s defence.

“The only stipulation was that they had to ensure that they guarded their apparatus during the July 1 fireworks,” he told the mayor.

Added Ms. MacKay: “They’re thick, thick, thick rubber. They’re aware of the challenges with the location.”

Okanagan Wibit had hoped to open at the Gyro Park location last summer, but was stymied by slow permitting.

The water park, which would include an inter-connected series of structures covering up to a 51-metre x 40-metre space and accommodate between 120 and 140 users, was originally to be placed at either Legion or Cottonwood Beach.

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