With the Mayor absent Monday evening – council decided not to discuss this sensitive issue at this time.
Councillor Larry Schwartzenberger told council he would also like to hear the reaction of all local government jurisdictions like Rural Area A Osoyoos, Town of Osoyoos and Rural Area C Oliver. Town CAO Cathy Cowan says she has scheduled a meeting for staff at the OIB and herself to explore directions and options.
Letter from Osoyoos Indian Band
“Please be advised that the OIB will not participate in the Terms of Reference ( TOR) for the pool feasibility study as proposed by the Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos, and the RDOS. Moving forward, all references to OIB in the TOR which indicate our support for the collective’s pool feasibility study should be removed.
OIB’s plans to move forward with the new regional recreation complex on a site of our choosing. Specifically we will be investigating lands near Osoyoos adjacent to the Petro Canada or on our territorial lands between the two towns as we have discussed. A key determining factor for any decision to place the site will be based on the economic business case and the extent to which the surrounding communities provide financial support.
Our council believes the new facility will be a significant new asset for the South Okanagan and will attract new residents and new businesses.
In the coming weeks, OIB will be looking for support from all parties for our application for funding to various foundations and private philanthropists, various federal and provincial governments and Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada in the form of letters of support from those who are interested in moving forward collaboratively with us to complete the arena and pool feasibility studies and contribute proportionately to the costs of the project.
If you have any questions, please direct them to me.”
OIB Chief Operating Officer