Town of Osoyoos Council highlights — Tuesday, July 3

Highlights from the Town of Osoyoos Council meeting held Tuesday, July 3.



  • Council Indemnity Bylaw No. 1345, 2018 was read for a third time as amended.  The bylaw is being brought forward for Council’s consideration due to changes in the 2017 Federal Budget.  Town Council remain under the provision that one-third of their remuneration is being treated as expenses related to carrying out their duties (a tax free allowance) and two-thirds of their council remuneration remains taxable.


  • Council approved the agreement with Penticton Transit Service Ltd and the Town signatories are authorized to sign the agreement.
  • Council awarded the contract for Kingfisher Drive and 89th Street Realignment to H&M Excavating Ltd. for $300,056.93 (taxes included) and authorized the Town signatories to sign the agreement.
  • Council awarded the contract for 62nd Avenue Reconstruction Hwy #97 to High School to H&M Excavating Ltd. for $355,561.50 (taxes included) and authorized the Town signatories to sign the agreement.
  • Council decided to leave the Starlite Lift Station in its current location and authorized the Operational Services department to send a letter notifying Council’s decision to the property owner requesting the lift station be moved.
  • Council approved the action of developing zoning regulations for the sale of recreational cannabis in the Town of Osoyoos.
  • Council decided that they are only allowing the sale of the cannabis through private retail stores and prohibiting provincial retail stores.
  • Council issued a Special Use Permit and directed staff to issue a Business Licence for Cindy’s Snack subject to the applicant receiving the necessary approvals from Interior Health and that the Business Licence be valid for a period of not more than 90 days.
  • Council directed staff to determine the costs of banning plastic straws and recycling of cigarette butts and bring to the 2019 Business Plan discussions for implementation.
  • Council directed staff administration to draft a letter in support of the students from Osoyoos Secondary School to distribute to businesses in the community to consider eliminating plastic straws and other single use plastic items.
  • Council approved the suggested list of Ministerial meetings for the 2018 Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM). Council is seeking meetings with the following ministers: Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Minister of Education, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Council directed administration to make the meeting requests.
  • Council approved the funding in the amount of $700 for the Penticton Air Services Study. The City of Penticton has been making efforts to increase the quality of air service out of the Penticton Airport.


  • The Mayor and Council attended the 70th Annual Cherry Fiesta and thanked all the volunteers who help organize and put this event on.
  • Mayor McKortoff thanked the Town employees and Council for their efforts for the July 1st festivities.
  • Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to attend Music in the Park and other events happening in the community.



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

The public is encouraged to attend the Committee of the Whole meetings which take place in Council Chambers at 9:00 am on the morning of the Regular Open Council meetings at 2:00 pm to learn additional in-depth information regarding upcoming business.


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