This being the rookie side. Seniors after lunch. Wraps up Friday.
Rookie camp is for grades 3-6 and senior camp for grades 7-10.
Between June 27 and July 2, 2018, 2 dangerous firearms were taken off the streets of Summerland. In the first instance on June 27, Penticton RCMP’s Target Enforcement Unit attended the Peach Orchard Campground and found a male and female using a stolen trailer with a stolen licence plate. Further investigation netted a significant quantity of several illicit drugs and a 9mm handgun. A 54 year old male from the Summerland-Penticton area was arrested and has since been charged with several offences including three counts of trafficking in controlled substances and two firearms offences including unauthorized possession of a restricted weapon.
In a second incident in the early morning hours of July 2, a Summerland resident reported a suspicious white truck in the Trout Creek area. Summerland RCMP caught up to a vehicle matching the description on Century Street where a traffic stop was initiated. The driver jumped out and ran away, leaving the vehicle rolling towards the cliff. With quick action by the police officer, the vehicle was stopped and a loaded sawed off shotgun located in the truck. This vehicle had recently been stolen in Oliver. The investigation of this event continues. Police currently have no evidence to link the two events.
“The Summerland RCMP wish to thank all those that call in suspicious occurrences. These alert citizens and good police work help keep our community safe.”
President – Vance Potter – pictured above
Vice-President Sue Morhun
Secretary Don Bednarczyk*
Treasurer Cindy Pinske
Directors: Terry Killough, Dave Janzen and Bruce Hamilton
RDOS – Terry Schafer, Town of Oliver – Larry Schwartzenberger
Executive Director – Manda Maggs
By ROY WOOD
Spurred by the efforts of a class of environmentally aware high schoolers, Osoyoos council will at least look at taking action against plastic-waste pollution in the community and will urge the local business community to get on board.
Tuesday’s decisions follow a May 22 appearance of a grade-11 class asking council to fight back against the threats to the environment posed by discarded cigarette butts and plastic drinking straws.
They proposed a ban on the straws and participation in a program to collect and eventually recycle the plastic in cigarette filters.
Despite a report from chief administrative officer Barry Romanko recommending no action, council directed staff to “determine the costs of one or both actions and … that this information be taken to 2019 business plan discussion.”
Romanko’s report had recommended against doing anything because of lack of staff resources or budget.
Councillor CJ Rhodes, who described himself as a crusader against plastic pollution, specifically the threat facing the world’s oceans from “an island of plastic … the size of the country of France.”
He added, “As a municipality … I feel it is absolutely mandatory that we do something about this and banning straws would be my choice.”
Mayor Sue McKortoff echoed the fears about plastic pollution caused by straws and added plastic stir sticks, lids and cutlery used in eateries. “I think we should do something now,” she said.
She got approval from her council-mates to send a letter to the Osoyoos business community urging them to curb usage of “single-use plastic items
Road to high school up for repair
The main access road to Osoyoos Secondary School will undergo a major renovation starting very soon so it will be completed before school goes back in September.
According to a report from operations director Jim Dinwoodie, 62nd Avenue from Highway 97 to the high school is about 40 years old and the pavement ratings indicate a “surface beyond its service life.”
The road also provides the primary access to the Dividend Ridge subdivision and the Osoyoos Golf Club. Dinwoodie indicated there will be some times when traffic will be limited to one way at a time.
The $355,561 contract for was awarded Tuesday to H&M Excavating of Osoyoos.
Kingfisher and 89th road-work starts in September
The first phase of the project to move the town’s main sewer lift station begins after Labour Day with the realignment of the intersection of Kingfisher Drive and 89th Avenue.
The redesign will allow the new, larger lift station to be built slightly to the north of the current one in Legion Beach Park.
The lift station was built in 1978 and many of the components have reached or exceeded their usual service life. A 2014 consultant’s report recommended replacing the station, which pumps 95 per cent of the town’s sewage to the treatment facility near the golf course.
Council on Tuesday awarded the $300,056 contract to H&M Excavating of Osoyoos.
Town won’t move Starlite lift station
Osoyoos resident Keith Primeau will get a letter shortly telling him the town will not accede to his request to relocate a sewer lift station located on his property.
The so-called Starlite lift station at 7710 Main Street has been at the location since 1965 and the town has a utility easement on the property through which town crews pass to make weekly inspections.
In the letter, operations director Jim Dinwoodie explains that the cost of relocating the station is estimated at $560,000 and that the town has no compelling reason to move it.
The letter points out that Primeau has been expressing concerns about the lift station since 2005.
by Roy Wood