Town of Osoyoos Council Briefs — February 1

Compiled by Roy Wood

Airport runway put on snowplowing list

The runway at the Osoyoos Airport has been added to the list of snowplowing priorities for the town operations department.

Under changes to the snow and ice policy, council agreed Monday to include the airport on the plowing list. It will be number six, following emergency vehicle access routes, schools, the downtown area, hills and town parking lots.

Operations director Jim Dinwoodie told a council committee meeting that the runway had not been on the list, but an aircraft owner called this winter to request a landing. That is what led to inclusion.

Also added was a provision that cleared snow piled in street parking spots would be removed within 72 hours provided it is safe for vehicles and pedestrians to do so.

Bee friendliness becoming a priority

Osoyoos will explore ways to make the town more “bee friendly” following a letter from Osoyoos Home Hardware offering help.

“Do you have any plans to feature more bee friendly plants in parks and public areas this year?” wrote Carla Jorgens of the store’s sales and marketing department.

“We have a very eager bee expert here who has over six hives and is happy to volunteer her time and expertise.”

Operations director Jim Dinwoodie said there are landscaping projects on the horizon that might be applicable to a bee-friendly environment, along with the town’s self-watering road planters.

Next steps will include talking to experts about what plant species meet the requirements to be bee-friendly.

Council tips hat to SOCC award winners

All of the council members at Monday’s meeting congratulated the three Osoyoos businesses who carted off awards at last week’s South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce celebration.

Mayor Sue McKortoff and councillors Mike Campol and Jim King gave thumbs up to large business of the year Buy-Low Foods, Entrepreneur of the year Joanne Muirhead of JoJo’s Café and Osoyoos Home Hardware, which was recognized for customer service excellence.

Councillors CJ Rhodes and Carol Youngberg were out of town, although Rhodes joined the meeting via conference call.

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