Mayor Stu Wells will represent town on committee established by province for new jail

By on May 14, 2014
Mayor Stu Wells

Mayor Stu Wells

Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells will represent the interests of the town as a member of the new Okanagan Correctional Centre project liaison committee.

Construction on the $190-million correctional facility, which will be located just north of Oliver at the Senkulmen Industrial Park on land owned by the Osoyoos Indian Band, is expected to begin in August.

Local MLA Linda Larson has been asked by Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton to act as chair of the OCC project liaison committee.

The purpose of the committee is to provide a venue for communication between Members of the Legislative Assembly, local elected officials, the Ministry of Justice, other provincial agencies and the local communities on matters related to the project.

The initial committee meeting, which was hosted by Anton, took place in Oliver three weeks ago.

The committee will receive regular updates on project status and progress, briefing on key project issues and milestones, information on project-related communications materials for use in the community and prompt and timely notification of critical communication issues.

The committee will also exchange information on local issues and concerns that may affect the project and project decision-making and the chair will be responsible for providing committee information to Anton and her ministry.

Town will apply for more RBC Learn to Play funding

The Town of Osoyoos Community Services department will once again apply for funding from the RBC Learn to Play Project.

The project provides grants of between $1,000 and $10,000 for organizations to provide opportunities to children between the ages of two and 12 to learn fundamental skills necessary to participate in sports and physical activity.

Royal Bank Canada has committed $2 million over the next three years to support projects and programs that focus on the “physical literacy of children,” said Sarah Dynneson, program supervisor for the Town of Osoyoos during a presentation to council on Monday.

According to the Canadian Sport 4 Life, physical literacy includes the skills and confidence to enjoy a variety of sports and physical activity.

“The development of physical literacy in childhood leads to improved physical activity, health and overall well-being throughout a person’s lifetime,” said Dynneson.

Programs will run in Osoyoos in the spring and summer of 2015 and the community services department will be partnering and working with a variety of local and provincial organizations, she said.

Coun. Sue McKortoff said it’s “terrific that our community services department applies for these grants”, which allows the town to offer many programs it might otherwise not be able to offer.

Dynneson said the grant she will be applying for would be in the range of $3,000 to $5,000.

Town’s AGM will be held June 16

Town of Osoyoos council is required by provincial legislation to hold an annual general meeting to consider members of the public to comment on the town’s annual report.

The meeting must be held before June 30 every year and the 2014 annual general meeting has been confirmed for June 16.

The meeting can be held on a day separate from the regular open meeting of council, however, it is convenient to hold it the same day, said Janette Van Vianen, the town’s director of corporate services.

In the past, the AGM has lasted one to two hours, depending on the number of questions received from the public, she said.

This year’s AGM will begin at 1 p.m. on June 16 and the regular meeting of council will follow.

Town approves donating $4,200 to Cactus Jalopies

Town council has agreed to provide a one-time grant of $4,200 to assist the organizers of the 2014 Cactus Jalopies car show.

Cactus Jalopies now attracts close to 200 vehicles and hundreds of custom car fans from the South Okanagan and across B.C. to Osoyoos, said Gerald Davis, the town’s director of community services.

This year’s car show is set for Saturday, June 7 in Gyro Park. In past years, council approved funds for the car show from resort municipality funding, but this year all of those funds have been allocated to other projects, said Davis.

Organizers of the Cactus Jalopies are asking for $1,200 for advertising and $3,000 to offset the costs of the motorcycle daredevils who have become a huge part of this show, said Davis.

“The bike jumpers have been part of the event for a few years and attract spectators of all ages,” he said. “If this event is planned for future years, council may want to allocate funds on an annual basis as part of the budget process.”

Council agreed to provide the $4,200 for this year’s event, but made it clear it would like event organizers to ask for funding much earlier in the year as part of the budget process and not after the budget has been passed.


Osoyoos Times




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