Town of Osoyoos Council highlights: February 19

Highlights from Town of Osoyoos Council meetings held Tuesday, Feb. 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.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING

Delegations

  • Denise Eastlick, Executive Director from Osoyoos Desert Centre provided Council an update on the activities over the past year, upcoming projects they are working.  Ms. Eastlick advised they will receiving their new building in April.  The Osoyoos Desert Centre is one of the first sites for the bluebird’s boxes.
  • Tracy Wall, Deputy Assessor from BC Assessment Authority provided Council with an update on how assessments are valued on different properties, the relationship between assessments and taxation, and assessment roll highlights.

 Business

  • Council directed staff to prepare an updated Street Food Vendor Selection Bylaw and Approval Policy amendment for Councils consideration for a later date.
  • TRUE Engineering provided an overview of current Osoyoos water quality and its relationship to changing Canadian Drinking Water Standards (Standards) in regard to implementation of Maximum Allowable Manganese concentrations. The presentation included Osoyoos treatment and source options that Council will need to consider in order to address the higher than allowable manganese concentrations that are proposed in the new Standards.

REGULAR OPEN MEETING

 Bylaws

Business

Reports

  • Councillor Bennett attended the School District #53 meeting.
  • Councillor Bennett attended the RMI Strategic Planning session.
  • Councillor Bennett attended the presentation from Kara Burton at the Library regarding the Museum.
  • Councillor King attended the RMI Strategic Planning session.
  • Councillor Harvey attended the RMI Strategic Planning session.
  • Councillor Harvey attended the presentation from Kara Burton at the Library regarding the Museum.
  • Councillor Harvey attended the Inaugural Library meeting on Wednesday, February 19.
  • Mayor McKortoff congratulated the Osoyoos Atom Dev team who won silver at a tournament on the weekend.
  • Mayor McKortoff thanked the Osoyoos Senior Basketball coaches who organized the basketball tournament that was held in Osoyoos. Congratulated the Osoyoos Sr. Boys basketball team who came in second.
  • Mayor McKortoff attended the Osoyoos Desert Centre Winter Talk.  The Mayor encourages everyone to attend these great events.
  • Mayor McKortoff thanked the Operational Services department in plowing sidewalks this winter.

PUBLIC HEARING AT 4 p.m.

  • A Public Hearing was held in the Council Chambers on February 19, 2019 at 4:00pm for the Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.115, 2018.  This Bylaw Amendment proposes to add “retail cannabis sales” as a site specific permitted use for the subject property at 7603 Spartan Dr.

PUBLIC HEARING AT 4:30 p.m.

  • A Public Hearing was held in the Council Chambers on February 19, 2019 at 4:30pm for the Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.114, 2018.  This Bylaw Amendment proposes to change the zoning from R1- Single Family Residential to R2-Single Family Residential Small Lot for the property at 3810 Lobelia Dr.

 SPECIAL OPEN MEETING

Council deferred giving third reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.114, 2018 -3810 Lobelia Dr. until a further date.

Copies of reports are available within the Council Agenda packages located on the Town’s website www.osoyoos.ca.

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