Local RCMP has new tools to chase speeders

The local RCMP detachment is getting a couple of new radar devices any day now and officers are under orders to put them to good use.

During his regular crime report to council on Monday, detachment head Sgt. Randy Bosch was asked by Councillor CJ Rhodes about cars speeding along Lakeshore Drive.

He said the issue is “something that has been brought up before and is something I want addressed.”

Sgt. Bosch said two the new radar units will arrive shortly and will be installed in police cars.

“I’ve already told the guys, we’re getting these new units … (and) I want to see some tickets on the table.”

Water enforcement kicks in May 23

Enforcement will begin May 23 on the “new normal” watering restrictions, which limit town and rural lawn sprinkling to three days a week.

Chief administrative officer Barry Romanko told council Monday that a “water ambassador” has been hired to help with “education and information sharing related to the new restrictions.”

The town has budgeted $20,000 to cover advertising, educational materials and staffing.

The restrictions mandate that odd-numbered addresses water on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday and even-numbered on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Program promotes children’s literacy

Little libraries for little kids will likely pop up this spring in Lions Park and the Splash Park after council approved a proposal from Little Free Libraries.

The project is being led by Osoyoos Communities for Kids/Success by 6 Table and will see small wooden boxes elevated on posts in the parks and containing books suitable for small children.

They will be adjacent to benches and shade trees and, according to a submission to council, “… perhaps you get a group of kids together in a break from playing for a brief story time as they take a break from playing.”

Similar programs have been successful in Okanagan Falls and Penticton. The libraries operate under the ”give a book – take a book” premise.

— Compiled by ROY WOOD

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