Archives for April 4, 2018
Stuck to the Floor
I was recently told of this little episode in my young life. Mom and Dad had come home from Fort Erie in 1945 and Dad was busy building our house. I was born in September of 1946 and the house was far from finished but livable. I had learned to walk and was exploring everything so I was probably a little over a year old.
Dad was installing linoleum in their bedroom one weekend and had put down a layer of glue on half the room to hold the tar paper in place. He wanted tar paper down as a bit of insulation before he laid the linoleum. While the glue was setting up, he grabbed a coffee and went outside to have a smoke.
Mom had just bought me new white boots and I was very proud of them and was toddling all over the place. I toddled on into their bedroom and ended up with both feet in the setting glue. My shoes would not move so I placed my hands on them to try and pull them up. Now my little hands were sticky and not coming off my shoes.
Being just a wee toddler, I started to cry rather loudly. Mom heard me and came looking for me. She finally found me in their bedroom, glued to the floor! She said many years later that she wanted to laugh out loud but figured she better not as I was crying my little heart out.
She ran out the front and told Dad what happened. Dad came running in and took in the rather sad little baby stuck with both hands and feet in a bent over position and certainly not very happy.
Dad very gently pulled my sticky hands off my shoes, and then he untied my shoes and lifted me up and out of my predicament. He gave me a quick hug and handed me off to Mom who washed my hands with strong soap until they were clean and then consoled me with a plate of cookies and a glass of milk..food always did the trick for me. I stopped crying and enjoyed my little treat.
Dad grabbed a can of solvent and worked around my new white boots and finally got them out. He spent some time cleaning them and soon they were like new again. I wasn’t sure if I wanted them on again. It seemed to me that they got me stuck!!!
Dad very quickly laid down the tar paper and the first half of the linoleum. He glued the second half of the floor and shut the door so no little toddler could get in. When he finished the job of laying the second half of tar paper and linoleum he carried me into the room and stood me up on the floor…”dance, Brenda…Daddy made a nice floor for you to dance on!” And dance I did!!
Fearing a negative reaction from residents who might feel un-heard, council has scheduled an evening public hearing on a re-zoning that would allow creation of a floating, commercial waterpark at Gyro Beach.
Okanagan Witbit would like to install its plastic floating playground on the lake just off the east side of the beach. To do so requires a rezoning by the town along with some approvals from the province.
Rezonings require a public hearing and staff had recommended 4 p.m., April 30 in council chambers.
But Councillor CJ Rhodes, who is in favour of the proposal, said he has heard from residents who are unhappy they haven’t had any input on the plan.
Council decided an evening meeting would be more accessible to more people and so it was moved to 7 p.m.
Members of town staff indicated the company believes that if it gets the rezoning quickly it will be able to satisfy the provincial Water Sustainability Act requirements in time to open in time for summer.
Former Miss Osoyoos eyes the Universe
If a former Miss Osoyoos who wants to become Miss Universe Canada hopes to get financial help from the town, she’ll have to come to a meeting and make her case.
Gina Pereira, who was Miss Osoyoos in 2013-14, wrote to the town seeking finacial support for her quest to compete in the national pageant in Toronto this summer.
At today’s council meeting, a couple of councillors had questions that town staff couldn’t answer. So, Councillor Mike Campol suggested that Pereira come to a Committee of the Whole meeting to provide some answers.
In her letter to the town, Pereira said: “I was chosen to be one of the 31 representatives in Western Canada and now I need the help of our town to go to Toronto. I am looking for sponsors who are wiling to donate.”
The winner of the Miss Universe Canada pageant this summer heads off the Miss Universe show this fall in the Phillipines.
Resort funding pays for motorcycle stunt show
With the enthusiastic approval of all members, council approved a $5,500 grant to the Cactus Car Jalopies to help pay for the motorcycle jumping part of the event.
The grant will be funded through the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) program, rather than out of the town’s community grant program.
Coincidentally, the town today also officially accepted this year’s RMI grant from the province in the amount of $379,000. Osoyoos is one of 14 municipalities that share in a $10.5-million program to help pay for tourism-related programs and projects.
The 13th annual Cactus Car Jalopies car show runs in Osoyoos from June 1-3. The Extreme Motorcycle show on June 2 is one of the weekend attractions, along with a “show and shine” at Gyro Beach, a beer garden, wine tours and drag racing.
From Jim Stanley, Willowbrook Water Committee
Opening the culvert on roadway a huge help says Stanley:
I had made a phone call to Jeff Wiseman of the MOTI asking him to give myself and another resident permission to remove the pavement from Meyers rd surface, which he approved . We proceeded to do this Thursday March 29th by hand to pick away at the cracked pavement.
It released the flow of water within about 15 minutes to start dropping water level drastically.
MOTI provided the subdivision with “Road closure” signs as this road will be out of service for a few months. The Willowbrook water advisory committee held a meeting the evening of March 29th to go over plans of what should be next in the prevention of our homes flooding. At this meeting we received confirmation that we were receiving a large pump to be placed at the West end of Carr to remove standing water from the “bowl”. I believe this has worked tremendously. We have been able to have Kearns Creek run through its original course, within the banks of the creek itself. Many members of the community plus WVFD members realigned the sandbags much tighter to the creek banks to keep the flow in the creek !
I understand MOTI provided a excavation machine to finally dig out the 20 inch culvert at Meyers Rd to improve upon the flow of water leaving Willowbrook subdivision. Big help, plus the installation of the pump at Carr Crescent, the two coupled together has possibly, but only “possibly” saved our homes from flooding.
I’ve emailed a couple of residents while I’ve been away and I don’t think any water has hit the basement floors yet, crossing my fingers. I’ll know more once I’m home.
Just have to mention though, MOTI has come to the table in the dying moments, to allow this work to help alleviate Willowbrook’s state of emergency. RDOS having a consulting Hydrologist on site to assess the situation and advise the next moves. It’s just really really disappointing that our government entities weren’t able to respond to our requests sooner, back in September/October of 2017 when our community was faced with a proactive remedy rather than what we’ve been doing for the past 6 – 8 days. Reacting!
It’s tiring and something that could have been avoided if we had just received a little help and instruction about 5-6 months ago. I personally contacted Argo , MOTI , RDOS , and the Ministry of Forests and Lands , after our last flood in 2017. I was told by each department that it wasn’t their “jurisdiction “ and they would pass me onto another entity. Then I was told that the culverts were fine and not a problem. I pushed for a Hydrologist and we had one appointed by the Ministry. We never were privy to that report and our requests for actions so that this wouldn’t happen in 2018 , were ignored. We will still need to have government involvement to conclude the remedy of new culverts in all “5” locations, I’m including Goldtau rd, which needs major attention to have the creek flow correctly and in the proper channel.
Meyers Flats needs to be excavated to re establish the creek bed to provide the original course. The Dam needs to be dealt with in my mind right now, while we have it at a low level. I’ve heard they may use this area as a buffer zone to handle extra water during the freshet, but I disagree. The dam is unstable,!, if the water rises too high in it, it could rupture so I don’t want to see it “full“ again. If it’s empty, then let’s have a contractor up there to remove it and when the spring freshet starts we can monitor the flow daily rather than having this large amount of water sitting there on the verge of removing the dam and wiping out Willowbrook in it path.