Osoyoos Council Briefs
Compiled by ROY WOOD

Monday was Community Service Grants day as Osoyoos Town council handed out about $62,000 in cheques to various organizations at a modest ceremony during the regular council meeting.

Representatives crowded the council chamber’s public gallery to receive their money from Councillors Mike Campol and Jim King and then gathered outside for a celebratory photo opportunity.

Topping the list of recipients at $6,000 each were the Osoyoos Minor Baseball Association, the Osoyoos Festival Society, The Osoyoos Royalty Committee and Canada Day Fireworks.

OBWB will back call for mussel inspection

The town of Osoyoos has convinced the Okanagan Basic Water Board (OBWB) to join efforts urging the province that the town needs its own permanent invasive mussel inspection station.

Mayor Sue McKortoff told council Monday that OBWB the initially was happy with the province’s decision to make Penticton the site of one of eight such stations.

However, she said, the board has agreed to send a letter to the province suggesting that the Osoyoos border crossing is an important check point and should have a permanent station.

Currently, the mobile inspection team is expected to set up at the Osoyoos crossing most of the time, but not permanently.

Gyro Park gets new paint and a piano

At a recent meeting, the Osoyoos Waterfront Steering Committee agreed to take a number of actions regarding Gyro Park:

  • Paint the band shell as soon as possible. Colour scheme will follow the current horizontal striping but with green at the bottom, sand in the middle and blue at the top;
  • Secure the “piano in the park” for visitors to play. It will be bolted to concrete near the concession in the shade of one of the large trees;
  • Install a hand railing along the eastern edge of the deck as it adjoins the wheelchair ramp.

Tax increase set at nearly two per cent

The town gave three readings to its tax bylaw Monday, imposing a 1.97 per cent increase in property taxes with a due date of July 4, 2016.

The municipal portion of the tax bill for a residence assessed at $334,996 will be $607.76.

The town also collects taxes for schools, hospitals, policing, the RDOS, Okanagan Regional Library. The BC Assessment Authority and the Municipal Finance Authority.

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