Archives for July 24, 2017
By ROY WOOD
A small piece of the long-standing claim by the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) over lands in the heart of the South Okanagan came before Oliver council Monday in the form of a report on the Fortis office and substation in the town.
Council conceded, however, that there is little it can do to satisfy OIB Chief Clarence Louie’s desire to have the Fortis parcel removed from the town and added to the OIB reserve.
The site, at Tucelnuit Drive and Merlot Ave., juts into OIB reserve lands, but it is owned by Fortis.
The town has been delivering services and levying taxes on the parcel since 1990 when it was included in a general expansion of the municipal boundaries in the area.
According to a report to council from chief financial officer Devon Wannop, the OIB also began sending tax notices to Fortis in 1995 as part of the band’s property taxation program “on non-native properties contained within their boundaries.”
The resulting dispute was resolved in 2000 after negotiations among the OIB, Fortis, the province and the town.
The province agreed to pay all school taxes collected on the parcel directly to the band beginning in 2004. The agreement is still in effect and the amount the OIB collected for 2016 was about $37,000, according to Wannop.
His report also informed council that if the town were to decide to change the boundaries to remove the Fortis properties it would cost about $5,000 and require the written consent of 60 per cent of residents.
Councillor Jack Bennest, who originally directed staff to prepare the report, said the reason he brought the matter forward is, “Clarence wants the land back in the reserve.” He added, however, that Louie has not made any formal application to council regarding the land.
Mayor Ron Hovanes pointed out that the Fortis land is a small part of a claim Louie has been making for years that several thousand acres of land in the Oliver/Osoyoos area was essentially stolen from the First Nations who had occupied it for millennia.
In an interview in 2015, Louie told the Penticton Herald that 19th century settlers took the best land for themselves and left the First Nations with the remainder.
“That’s why our reserve zig-zags like this against the rocks, against the mountains. They took all the best bottom lands,” Louie said.
Coming in for particular criticism was 19th century rancher Judge John Haynes: “To non-native people, Haynes might be a hero, but to us he’s a land thief. … He stole 4,000 acres of our most prime acreage, all our bottom land, from the head of Osoyoos Lake north to Oliver.”
On Monday, council agreed to send the Wannop report to Louie along with a note saying the town is not a position to do anything about the Fortis properties at this time.
Summer concert series thinks “big”
Oliver’s Music in the Park is thinking big this summer: big bands, big voices, big sound. In celebration of Canada 150, all Music in the Park performers are larger ensembles. The Penticton Concert Band, rockers 13 Broken Bones, and the southern country Rob Robertson Band have already attracted big crowds. In tribute to the “150”, the concert series will feature special guest, the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, in August. Ladies with big voices deliver gutsy vocals in several of the concerts this summer.
Live music fans gather every Thursday evening at the Oliver Community Band Shell. Concerts kick off at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. The evening market on site invites visitors to stroll by for bakery goods, fresh fruits and veggies, crafts, and other retail items. A food vendor offers picnic suppers.
Lucy Blu and the Blu Boys, a Kelowna band playing jazz, funk, blues, and rockabilly swing, perform Thursday July 27 at the “Feed the Valley” concert. Besides a donation for the music, audiences are invited to bring an item for the Oliver Food Bank. An initiative by Music in the Park sponsor Valley First, the goal is to encourage the public to remember and support the food bank year-round.
Children and families come out in droves whenever Nankama Drum and Dance is onstage. On August 3, Nankama’s costumed performers will beat out some catchy West African rhythms, interspersed with stories by charismatic leader Bobby Bovenzi. The audience is invited to join in on the djembe drums and rattles, move in simple, Zumba-style dances, or simply tap their toes.
On August 10, the audience “takes off into the wild blue yonder” with the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, all the way from Winnipeg. Says bandmate Sgt. Francois Godere: “For over sixty years, this professional band has been highly visible throughout the Canadian Forces, instilling national pride in Canadian audiences across the country.” The RCAF band will delight with a diverse repertoire of rock, pop, country, R&B, and disco, in addition to more traditional band tunes.
The Darlene Ketchum Quartet is back by popular demand on Thursday August 17, previously appearing in Oliver in 2015. Backed by piano, guitar and drums, Darlene belts out R&B, soul, funk, and gospel in her big soulful voice. Her powerful pipes and dynamic delivery easily fill the outdoor venue and engage the audience.
Toe-tapping party band Uncorked! entertains on Thursday August 24 with energetic lead vocalist Lisa Salting mesmerizing the crowd with her earthy voice and bass guitar riffs. Their pop rock repertoire includes Fleetwood Mac, Sheryl Crowe, the Gypsy Kings, Paul Simon, and Patsy Cline.
All concerts are rain-or-shine on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Oliver Community Stage band shell, 6359 Park Drive. Rain venue is on–site at the Oliver Community Centre. Suggested donation is $5. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Info: OliverCAC@gmail.com 250-498-0183. Presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council.
Above: Heavily wood area on steep slope towards river.
RCMP Highway Patrol in Kermeos tells ODN that no accident media-release to be issued on the incident that
caused traffic delays and a long recovery operation north of Oliver Saturday.
A 73 year old motorcyclist appeared to have suffered a medical issue and the bike went off the road, down a steep embankment and into the river. Oliver Firefighters spent over nearly two hours trying to get a line onto the 3 wheeler.
The coroner’s office in charge of the investigation. No name released at this time.Further details below
Time 2:40 Saturday afternoon
Just south of Enterprise Way near Senkulmen Industrial Park
One large three wheeler left the roadway on the river side of Highway 97 – down a steep embankment.
One of the participants in the second annual Toy Run and Poker Derby motorcycle ride died Saturday, after crashing his three-wheel motorcycle on Highway 97 north of Oliver.
The crash occurred as a group of motorcyclists were travelling south from Penticton after visiting Legion halls in the South Okanagan. The July Santa – ride was in support of the South Okanagan Women in Need Society. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.
RECOMMENDATION 1(Unweighted Rural Vote – Simple Majority)
It was Moved and Seconded
THAT the RDOS Board “authorize” the application to undertake a two lot subdivision at 2257 82nd Avenue (Lot A, DL 223, SDYD, Plan KAP92472) in Electoral Area “A” to proceed to the Agricultural Land Commission.
Opposed: Director Brydon
(Previous story on ODN – (Pendergraft, James) for Agricultural Land Commission Referral Application – Agent: Elenko, Brad
THAT the APC recommends that the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) be advised by the Regional District that the proposal to subdivide the property at 2257 82nd Avenue is NOT supported.
The subject property is approximately 16.7 ha in area and is located on the west side of Highway 3, approximately 2.2 km east of the Town of Osoyoos boundary. The property is split zoned with the northern portion of approximately 6700 m2 as AG1 and the remainder is AG2.
RECOMMENDATION 2(Unweighted Rural Vote – 2/3 Majority)
It was MOVED and SECONDED
THAT Bylaw No. 2452.17, 2017, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Protection of Farming Development Permit Area Update Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw be read a third time and adopted. – CARRIED
Annual report on water – Town of Oliver
This annual water report gives the public, stakeholders and staff valuable information on the Town of Oliver’s water system. It gives a solid overview on the Town of Oliver’s; history, how the domestic and irrigation systems are run, specifications, our sampling data, consumption data, conservation and capital projects completed and slated for the future. It’s essentially a document that gives people a snapshot of what has happened within the water system over the previous year.
Highlights of the report:
• In 2016 we saw a drop in our yearly consumption (12,660,459 m3) which also brings us below the 6 year average (10% less) and 24% less than 2015. We can assume there was a correlation between the consumption and the weather which saw more precipitation and lower temperatures than 2015.
• The population of Oliver has increased over the last few years but the 2016 total consumption in water systems decreased.
• Oliver’s water systems maximum demand day was recorded on August 10, 2016 (21,395 m3).
• Oliver’s water systems minimum demand day was recorded on March 1, 2016 (2,416 m3).
• Domestic groundwater consumed 3,110,916 m3 in 2016.
• Irrigation surface water used 9,549,541 m3 in 2016.
• Make up of total water consumption:
o Residential groundwater 14.23%,
o Agriculture surface water 75.43%,
o Agriculture groundwater 4.78%,
o Industrial, commercial & institution groundwater 5.56%.
• The total 2016 groundwater consumption near the 6 year average and the surface water consumption was below average.
• Capital projects completed in 2016; Groundwater Protection Plan, Reservoir Supply Watermain Re-purposing, temporary fix for Gallagher Lake Siphon damage & Mud Lake Irrigation Control Improvements.
• Our Cross Connection Control program oversees 255 testable backflow assemblies in our water system to ensure safe drinking water.
• No Total Coliform or Ecoli hits were recorded in the domestic drinking water system for 2016.
Council in Osoyoos takes a summer break of more than a month
Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM for the Committee of the Whole meeting and at 2:00 PM for the Regular Open Meeting in Council Chambers, Town Hall, 8707 Main Street
Last meeting held July 17
From Ron Johnson: