Archives for July 16, 2019
It is with great sadness the family announces Barry’s passing on July 11, 2019 at the South Okanagan General Hospital, Oliver, BC.
Barry was born at the Cottage Hospital in Caledonia, NS. He was the youngest of eight children. Barry was known for his wry sense of humour and quick wit. He passed many hours in his shop creating intricate wood carvings for family and friends.
He is survived by sisters Barb (Terje) Rogers, Caledonia, NS, Anne Shay Kempton, Kingston, NS, Carol Shay (Ivan), New Germany, NS, Ginny Shay (Richard) Oliver, BC and brother Wes (Jackie) Shay, Kelowna, BC as well as numerous other relatives.
He was predeceased by his parents, Earle and Margaret Shay, sister Linda and brother Steve.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm, Saturday July 20, 2019 at the Oliver Cemetery. Reception to follow at Granny Quintal’s. Everyone welcome.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation or to a charity of your choice.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
707 pm Penticton Fire Department responds to dispatch to the area of Barnes and Cherry Avenue
Structure on fire at 1960 Barnes – Credible Cremations
Photo report by Derrick Robson
Osoyoos water councillors face elimination
By ROY WOOD
Osoyoos seems intent on proceeding with a plan that could lead to the elimination of water councillors on the town council.
And the change in Osoyoos could have implications for the water councillors in Oliver as well.
There are two spots on each of the two councils for water councillors, who are elected from the rural area and participate in discussions and votes on water-related matters.
At Monday’s regular meeting, Osoyoos council approved first reading of a bylaw that would move the regulation of providing water to residents of the Osoyoos rural area into something called an “extraterritorial service agreement” with the regional district.
Such an agreement would replace the 1989 provincial order-in-council, which created water councillors when Osoyoos and Oliver took over responsibility for supplying water to their adjacent rural areas.
According to Osoyoos chief administrative officer Barry Romanko, once the order-in-council is no longer in play, there won’t be a legislative requirement for representation on council for rural water users. He said the provision of water would simply become another utility, not unlike the sewer system that the town provides some rural residents.
The bylaw will need the consent of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board, which meets this Thursday.
Oliver has not taken a similar action, although late last year -council there- moved to limit the role of its two water councillors to discussing and voting on water-related matters only.
Before that, the water councillors participated in council debates on just about everything. Asked if Oliver might be going to follow Osoyoos’ lead on eliminating water councillors, Romanko said: “I think they’re watching us.”
One of the water councillor spots in Osoyoos is vacant after Kuldeep Dhaliwal was disqualified because of poor attendance. A byelection will be held in the fall to replace him.
The remaining water councillor, Claude Moreira, was the sole dissenting vote on the water governance bylaw.
By Roy Wood
Reduce and re-use plastics, McKortoff urges
Mayor Sue McKortoff took time during her report to council Monday to praise local businesses for their efforts to reduce consumption of single-use plastic items and to urge everyone to “reduce and re-use.”
Many businesses in town are working hard to reduce the use of plastic water bottles, straws, bags and coffee cups, she said. “We’re starting to think about doing things more effectively … We all need to work together to reduce the use of plastics and re-use them.”
Recent international developments have made it clear that unlimited recycling is not the answer to over-use of plastics, because the volume is simply beyond what the recycling industry can handle.
The town recently made a $2,000 donation to a major amateur women’s tournament at the Osoyoos Golf Club, which will see as many as a thousand single-use plastic water bottles supplanted by high-quality insulated bottles to be refilled on the golf course.
Romanko files his last CAO report
The mayor and several members of council expressed their appreciation for the work of outgoing chief administrative office Barry Romanko as he delivered the last of his semi-monthly CAO reports.
Councillor CJ Rhodes said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to work with you.” The sentiment was echoed by Mayor Sue McKortoff and Councillor Jim King.
Toward the end of each regular council meeting, Romanko routinely reads council his report, which details the work being done by the major town departments and by the CAO’s office. McKortoff said council will miss Romanko’s reports.
The CAO announced earlier this year that he would retire after 11 years as the town’s top bureaucrat.
His replacement will be Allan Chabot, who leaves a similar role in Revelstoke to take over in Osoyoos, effective late this month.
Building permits issued at twice last year’s rate
The value of building permits issued in Osoyoos so far this year is accumulating at nearly double the pace of last year, according to a report to town council.
The $2.3 million in permits issued in June brings the year-to-date total to $12.7 million. Last year at this time, the total to date was just $7.5 million.
Expressing her delight, Mayor Sue McKortoff said, “That’s about double from last year. That’s pretty amazing.”
The permits for June covered a mix of uses, including residential, commercial and industrial.