Archives for February 20, 2019
By Roy Wood
Street food vendors to get simpler application
Frustrated with the inability to attract street food vendors, the town will revise its vendor application process with the aim to simply the whole thing.
A report to council from senior planner Don McArthur said: “By revising the licence quotas and locations available for potential food vendor operators and streamlining the application process, staff expect more food vendors will follow through with an application after their initial inquiry.”
Increasing the number of food vendors in the downtown core was one of the recommendations of the recently completed Town Centre Renewal Plan.
McArthur’s report also pointed out that the changes that “applicants will be asked to propose food offering (that) do not compete with the offerings of existing restaurants and food vendors.”
Council voted to have staff come back with a revised policy.
Good news, bad news for groups seeking $$$
Several local organizations had their recent requests for funding considered by council today. There as good news for some and not-so-good for others:
•Cactus Jalopies requested a doubling of funding from $5,500 last year to $11,000 for 2019. Council approved a $6,500 grant from Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funds while acknowledging the substantial value the event brings to the town.
•The Osoyoos Lake Paddle Club sought between $4,000 and $5,000 to hire a race director for its second annual Dragon Boat Festival. Citing the great potential the event has, council approved the full $5,000 from the RMI budget.
•The Osoyoos Elks Lodge was looking for $20,000 in “money and/or in-kind” assistance for a planned Roots and Blues Festival. Expressing dissatisfaction with the thoroughness of the group’s budget, council declined to provide any money, but agreed to waive rental fees at the Sonora Centre for the event.
•The Osoyoos Lawn Bowling Club was seeking up to $20,000 to help with installation of lights at the lawn bowling green. Agreeing with the administration that the club needed to provide more detailed information, council denied the request.
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A recently released study has identified Shuttleworth Creek as the primary source of an increase in sediment that is slowly filling Vaseux Lake.
The RDOS commissioned the study – conducted by Larratt Aquatic, which calls on government to take steps to restore the tributary that flows into the river at Okanagan Falls, south of Skaha Lake.
“The large sandbar at the north end of Vaseux Lake changes shape with each freshet but has grown significantly within the past 10 years forming a new island in the process,” the study continues. “Restoration of Shuttleworth Creek is essential if continued rapid expansion of the sandbars in Vaseux Lake is to be minimized.
The study was originally launched in an effort to understand what is delivering nutrients to a perceived increase in invasive milfoil and observed filamentous algae growth in recent years.
The study concludes that milfoil beds have actually become smaller in the course of the last three decades.
That nutrient levels of the lake not affected by the new wasterwater treatment plant
That the Okanagan River/Lake system carries a heavy nutrient load from the central part of the valley.
More milfoil reduction by cutting
Restructuring Shuttleworth Creek to contain sediment
Improve septic fields where no sewer systems exist
Utilizing the wetlands north of Vaseux to filter out nutrients.
Source: RDOS and files from Castanet