EXTRACTED FROM THE
NOVEMBER 20, 2017
IN CAMERA MEETING
MOTION IC 172/17
Moved by Councillor King
Seconded by Councillor Rhodes
That Council not provide a location to homeless people to camp and/or locate their belongings for the following reasons:
Providing space to homeless people to camp could enable an action that could further deteriorate their health if they remains outdoors (future liability)
Expectation of services from the Town:
o Monitoring of homeless people and the area;
o Washroom facilities;
o Clean up/maintenance of the area
That Motion IC 172/17 be taken out of In-Camera (December 4, 2017)
Concern expressed Monday by Osoyoos council members about safety at the Main Bridge.
Council members discussed concerns Monday of kids jumping off the Main Street bridge into Osoyoos Lake.
Mayor Sue McKortoff:
“I remember one young man jumping off the bridge right onto a boat that was going underneath. And he was cut very badly because he jumped onto the windshield, which smashed,” she said.
Signage currently on the bridge was put up by the Ministry of Transportation, town manager Barry Romanko said.
“It’s a rite of passage for sure, but it’s also a numbers game,” Councillor Mike Campol said. “It’s just a matter of time until a boat is coming under again and that happens.”
Councillor C.J. Rhodes stated that putting in a bylaw could be counterproductive.
“When you create a bylaw, sometimes that’ll enhance the excitement of jumping off of that bridge” – noting that bylaw and RCMP officers have “a thousand other priorities” that they would look after first.
Source: Town of Osoyoos with files from Castanet