Highlights from the Town of Osoyoos Council meeting held Tuesday, May 22.
- Osoyoos Secondary School students made presentations to Council asking them to consider putting more cigarette butt receptacles near parks and beaches in the community and recycling those butts through Terracycle. The students also asked Council to ban plastic straws in Osoyoos.
- Janette Van Vianen, Emergency Program Coordinator, gave an update on the recent flooding and the number of homes that were evacuated and the number that were put on evacuation alert. Residents are asked to keep sandbags in place until the threat of flooding is over.
- Council Procedure Amendment Bylaw No. 1271.02 was read three times. The Community Charter requires Council set the procedures of Council by bylaw. This amendment is to change the date of the first regular Council meeting following a general local election from the first Monday in December to the first Monday in November due to changes of election dates.
- Records Management Bylaw No. 1341, 2018 was read three times. Records Management Policy CORP-012 was approved by Council. Document Retention Policy CORP-006 was approved by Council as amended. Council Protocol and Records Management Policy CCL-003 was approved by Council. Legislation requires the Town to have a proper records management system. The Town is moving toward an Electronic Records Management System (ERMS) and in doing so requires a bylaw and policies.
- Good Neighbour Amendment Bylaw No. 1277.01, 2018 was read three times. The Operational Services department would like to amend the Good Neighbour Bylaw to help control the spread of the above noted invasive plant species in our community.
- Fire Protection and Life Safety Bylaw No. 1333, 2018 was read three times. This bylaw was developed to clearly identify the Fire Department’s service responsibilities, improve our regulatory environment and also to develop a fire department management system that reflects the expressed needs of contemporary municipal management systems and our volunteer department.
- Council authorized the issuance of Development Permit No. 16-02 (for 8010 Valiant Lane) subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the permit. This permit is to allow a major addition to a hotel located in the Commercial Development Permit Area.
- Council approved waiving the Osoyoos Sanitary Landfill Dumping fees for Flooding Debris until June 15, 2018. Due to the unprecedented flooding of both public and private property in the community the accumulation of debris may be more than normal. This debris will be accepted at the Landfill with fees being waived until June 15, 2018. Any materials which cannot obviously be associated with the recent lake flooding event will be disposed of at typical Landfill rates.
- Council approved Amendments to Operational Services Policy PW-002 Banners. Recently the Operational Services Department has received some banners for installation on Main Street which failed to meet the standards outlined in the Banner Policy. To clarify any confusion Operational Services is proposing to amend Policy PW-002.
- South Okanagan-Similkameen Transit System has a new carrier. Council directs staff to bring back additional information on the length of the contract between BC Transit and Penticton Transit Services Ltd. and enquire to other municipalities to see if there are any fees or others charges that they will be charging to the new contractor. Effective July 1, 2018 Penticton Transit Services Ltd. (Berry & Smith Trucking Ltd.) will have the contract for the South Okanagan-Similkameen Transit System (SOSTS)
- Councillor Rhodes advised that the Waterfront Steering Committee met and is in the final design stages of the Gyro Park dock.
- Councillor Rhodes is amazed in the community spirit and thanked everyone involved in helping those who needed it during the flooding.
- Councillor Campol attended the Make Water Pledge in Kelowna.
- Councillor Campol thanked all the volunteers who helped out during the flooding in the community.
- Councillor King thanked all the businesses and volunteers who pulled together during the flooding.
- Councillor King attended the Big Bike event that was held in support of the Heart and Stroke foundation.
- Councillor King attended the Open House to explore the Medical Feasibility study in the community.
- Councillor Youngberg thanked the community for the support of the Medieval Faire at Desert Park.
- Councillor Youngberg advised that the Okanagan Regional Library has a new CAO.
- Mayor McKortoff thanked the community volunteers who make Osoyoos a great place to live.
- Mayor McKortoff attended the Town meeting with the RCMP, Town Staff, Fire Department and other agencies who listened to concerns of the residents in Osoyoos regarding the flooding.