Thursday evening on Main Street Oliver – art shows, barrel painting, fun, kids, wine, food, music, tours – great fun
Archives for May 11, 2017
Electoral Area ‘A’ (rural Osoyoos)
Town of Osoyoos – sand bags at the Public works Yards, 11500 115th St, Osoyoos and sand will be placed across the street from the Dairy Queen, on Main St.
Electoral Area ‘B’ (rural Cawston)
Cawston and area residents – sand and sandbags available at Village of Keremeos Irrigation Pump Station, 900 Sparks Dr, corner of 1st and Sparks Dr.
Electoral Area ‘C’ – (rural Oliver, Willowbrook)
Town of Oliver – Public Works Yards, 5971 Sawmill Rd., and Oliver Fire Hall, 369 Similkameen Ave.
Willowbrook- at Willowbrook Fire Hall,3395 Willowbrook Rd.
Electoral Area ‘D’ (Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Farliegh Lake, Twin Lakes)
Okanagan Falls – sand at the end of Cedar Rd, by the old Sewer Plant (by the river) and sandbags at the Fire Hall at 5013 11th Ave.
Vaseaux Lake – sand and sandbags at 117 Sundial Road
The storm of May 4th caused significant flooding in the Central and North Okanagan and in pockets of the South Okanagan – Similkameen. The North and Central Okanagan are bearing the worst of the situation, and the aftermath is still affecting residents, properties, and infrastructure in those communities.
Although most stream flows have reduced for the moment, the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is still active. It is uncertain how or if the situations further up the valley may affect the south Okanagan as water flows south through the mainstem lakes. The prediction of thunderstorms and rain by Environment Canada starting Thursday May 11 could add additional volumes of water moving through the lakes system to Osoyoos Lake.
The Town of Osoyoos will take precautionary measures by sandbagging its critical infrastructure along the lake shore in order to protect the Town’s sewer lift stations in the event of possible flooding. Residents/business owners along the shores of Osoyoos Lake who have had high water levels and needed to sand bag in previous years, should know where to access sandbags by calling either the Town of Osoyoos or the RDOS.
The Town is currently awaiting a new shipment of sandbags and sand from the Province. Location of those will be posted on the Town’s website www.osoyoos.ca as soon as they are delivered. We are being proactive, in anticipation of the heavy rain in the next few days and the higher temperatures bringing down the snow melt into the Similkameen River.
This is a good opportunity for Osoyoos and area residents to also be proactive. Make sure to check and clear culverts on your property, remove machinery or equipment and valuables that may potentially be affected by flooding. Those neighbourhoods and areas that have experienced flooding in the past should remain alert for signs of water blockages, debris filled creeks near culverts and weirs. Report these to the RDOS or Town of Osoyoos. Also, being a good neighbour, checking in on neighbours or those that may have mobility issues is appreciated. Alert children of the potential hazard of being close to creeks with high or fast flowing water.
This region is fortunate to have, at this point, no immediate serious threats and the window of time to continue to be proactive and remain alert. BC Rivers Forecast Centre predicts thunderstorms for Thursday and more precipitation on the weekend. This may cause creeks and rivers to rise again, combined with the melting snow pack. The levels are actively being monitored by all agencies and local governments.
From Gail Blidook
The advertised “Public Question-and-Answer Session” for the proposed Centennial RV park closure and new Hotel was not what I expected at all. To me “Public” means both the questions and the answers are open for ALL to hear. Instead the venue was set up for private conversations with various employees and council members. Unless you crowded in and were eavesdropping you couldn’t hear other people’s questions or the answers. We may not all have had the same questions and were there to hear ALL the concerns as well as support for the proposal.
There will only be a half hour Q&A session at the next meeting on May 23rd which will greatly restrict the number of questions that people can ask. Perhaps these few comments and questions will give people an opportunity to do some research in advance.
I have high regard for our council and Mayor. Most are long time residents, friends and acquaintances who really love our town and care about ALL the residents, rural or town, who support it. I believe that as elected officials they really must be interested in hearing what the people of this town find valuable.
My questions are not meant to be inflammatory so I find it concerning that those of us who want to save our park, AND support a new hotel, have been labeled as “’Nay-Sayers.” Let’s all remain respectful and kind to each other regardless of differing opinions. We love this town too!
Those who want to save the Centennial Park would like to see this business open year round to accommodate the many visitors and “snowbirds” who presently go to the Osoyoos Campgrounds with their RVs and stay for months at a time spending their grocery, gas, shopping, dining, golfing and other entertainment money there. Remember that even summer visitors often stay for weeks at a time, unlike most hotel visitors who only stay a few nights, and do not support the local economy in the same way. With a restaurant in the hotel it is likely most of the dining dollars spent in town would benefit the hotel owner.
See the Town’s website, under “What’s Happening”/Hotel Development/scroll to Wine Village Geotechnical report: There was a Geotechnical report, dated Dec 2005, on the tests done on the property in question, regarding the soil, moisture, test holes, ground water, etc. This report states that the Recommendations made were just a “preliminary appreciation for a low rise building… for “a light, 1-2 story building.
I couldn’t find a more recent geotechnical survey or report for a FOUR STORY, heavy building such as the proposed Hotel, however the Preliminary Report states that investigation depths beyond 4 meters would be appropriate for such a construction. This old report says that “Settlement issues of soil at greater depths might arise” and Soil Density would have to be checked due to concerns of soil saturation and earthquake induced liquefaction.
There is a whole section in the report titled “Design Issues.” Conclusion on the report states that for higher buildings investigations to greater depth and evaluation of earthquake behaviour on site soils would be appropriate. If you scroll down the Report to the Schematic log you will see that water levels found in the Auger holes were down just 1 to 2 meters! These were drilled in November 10/05. Can you imagine how high that ground water is this time of the year?
For Just a light 1-2 story building there would have to be removal of existing FILL and then “Rapid Impact Compaction” would have to be used to place new fill. I would assume that the rules for depth of this fill would need to be the same or even greater than for the 3 story Park Place building just across the river, which had to have approximately 8 Feet of compacted fill in order to bring it up to 200 year flood levels. If the developer has to remove existing top soil and fill and then bring in and compact it to AT LEAST 8 FEET of fill this would mean that ALL the trees would be destroyed.
What would be the present dollar value of the beautiful mature trees in our Centennial Park if assessed by a horticulturist?? I am guessing in the hundreds of thousands. These trees could never be replaced.
If an up-to-date Geotechnical report has been completed for this site and for the proposed hotel construction could this be made available to the public? This statement is printed on ODN from Castanet files on Jan 25, 2017, “The Osoyoos Indian Band is also working to attract a hotel, which Hovanes says would also be a big boost to the region.” Other information indicates this new hotel would be at the Nk’Mip Golf Course, so it is likely the town will need to support two hotels.
Also noted in the Roy Wood Article of May 5th on ODN, the hotel developer, Ron Mundi, states he would definitely consider another site in Oliver if Centennial wasn’t available and would review that after the town’s decision. That is good news for those who would like to see both businesses prosper.
I heard this question from several dignitaries at the meeting: “Where else would we find 2 acres of land to sell to the developer? Are 2 acres actually needed for a hotel and pool? Would the town consider selling a portion of Lion’s Park to the North where there are few trees and little use?
It is very important that people know that regardless whether or not a hotel is built, if either of the zoning bylaws is passed it will mean the end of the Centennial RV Park. We want to attract businesses, not close them down.
Tinhorn – more water moving through orchard at Rd #8 ( see picture of water at Rd #9 )
Testalinda – excavators on alert but no problems at the moment
No observations for Wolf Cub, Victoria, or Park Rill
Ministry of Environment is now saying that the river level will remain high – right into July to clear the water from Okanagan Lake. The level is controlled by the Dam at the south end of Okanagan Lake at Penticton.
Because of high run off from creeks and streams in the Central Okanagan – we see all that water moving through our system:
Okanagan River, Vaseux and Osoyoos Lakes.
There may be more flooding depending on the snow melt, the flow in the creeks etc.
It’s a bit of wait and see. Most of the development (housing) in our area is protected well by the channel/river with large dykes.
Those in low lying area subject to flooding know about the history and should be in contact with RDOS and other government services.