Town of Osoyoos Council highlights — August 19, 2019

Highlights from Town of Osoyoos Council meetings held Monday, August 19.

The public is encouraged to attend the Committee of the Whole meetings which take place in Council Chambers at 9 a.m. on the morning of the Regular Open Council meetings at 2 p.m. to learn additional in-depth information regarding upcoming business.



  • Janette Van Vianen, Director of Corporate Services, reported that there will be no change to theSouth Okanagan Transit schedule for the service between Penticton and Osoyoos, as proposed changes have been rescinded.


  • Tanya Osborne and Faith Kwong, Community Health Facilitators with Interior Health, made a presentation regarding the Healthy Communities Program.



  • Council directed staff to bring back a report on the sponsorship of a memorial bench for Blake Sewell.
  • Council directed administration to write a letter of support for 100 More Homes Penticton for their application to the federal government for homelessness and housing programs funding through the Reaching Home strategy.



  • Council approved the variance and issuance of Development Variance Permit No. 19-03 which allows for the construction of an attached garage with a reduced front yard setback at 3219 Jasmine Drive.
  • Council supported the request from Joanne Muirhead for a change in JoJo’s Café liquor licence to allow for audience participation (Open Mic Nights).
  • Council authorized the budget transfer of $16,000.00 from Bylaw Enforcement Costs to Bylaw Enforcement Material.
  • Council appointed Brianne Hillson as Chief Election Officer and Janette Van Vianen as Deputy Chief Election Officer for conducting the 2019 by-election for Water Councillor.
  • Council approved a budget amendment which transfers $15,000.00 from Contingency to Elections.
  • Council authorized the notice of intention to lease the Art Gallery building at 8713 Main Street to the Osoyoos and District Arts Council.


  • Councillor King attended the Accessibility and Age Friendly committee meeting.
  • Mayor McKortoff and Councillor Harvey attended the Opening Ceremonies of theCanadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior Golf Championship.
  • Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to attend Music in the Park– there are two remaining performances this season.
  • Mayor McKortoff thanked Clint Hawes for organizing the Street Dances.
  • Mayor McKortoff attended the Desert Park Open House.
  • Mayor McKortoff attended the Rural Health Primary Care Network Meetings.
  • Mayor McKortoff thanked everyone who has been involved with fighting the forest fires.


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