Town ‘birthday’ event a review of 2016

The Town of Osoyoos celebrated a birthday of sorts Monday, holding its annual general meeting and providing information on what it accomplished over the past year.

“I am happy to report that we achieved remarkable success on many of the initiatives identified in the 2016 business plan,” CAO Barry Romanko told Council, adding that his team was also able to deal with the “evolving priorities that challenged us during the course of the year.”

Achievements for the Town in 2016 included the opening of a new firehall, a successful lobby to keep Osoyoos Secondary School open, improvements to Gyro Park, expansion and improvements to the Canal Trail and Pioneer Pathway, and development of the Meadowlark subdivision.

It wasn’t all good news for the Town in 2016. Its departments received 257 complaints through the year, the largest number involving unsightly properties.

Mayor Sue McKortoff applauded the Town’s efforts but also noted it takes a community to build community.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank the volunteers who contribute countless hours to our community,” she said in her annual report. “The many festivals, conferences, farmers markets, horse racing, live music are annual events that can only happen with the support of our dedicated volunteers.

“Our community groups, coaches and mentors provide our residents and visitors with numerous arts, sports and leisure activities all year.”

Osoyoos became a town on June 30, 1983. Previous to that, it was a village, incorporated on January 14, 1946.

A “Coles Notes” version of the Town’s annual report will be mailed to property owners in the community; the full report is available online at Osoyoos.ca under the Council tab.

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