Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue seeking support for a grant to erect a new building to store equipment. The group is seeking provincial grant monies. OOSR also seeking more land adjacent to the present location. Town staff are not recommending an expansion of land of 20 more metres in length.
The building would contain three drive through bays and be 48 by 60 feet in size.
Monday – council meeting as a committee agreed with the proposal over ruling a recommendation of staff.
Council will grant a 20 metre lot expansion to the north – contingent on a successful grant application for a new and large vehicle storage building.
ODD squad has requested a grant in aid for its programme in community high schools. Both Osoyoos and Oliver will grant $1500 each. About 35 people showed up to a community forum on the opioid crisis including two students.
According to Todd Kunz, the Odd Squad “are an amazing group that has a (long) history of dealing with prevention and working with youth.” He said he hopes to have them visit here in late May.
According to its website: “Odd Squad Productions Society is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization created in 1997 by seven Vancouver city police officers. Our goal is to empower youth to make positive life choices about drug use and criminal behavior through educational materials (and) documentaries.”
Kunz said the principals of both high schools are excited at the prospect of having the group make its presentation.
Oliver and District Heritage Society seeking approval to erect a new sign at the Museum. The cost of about $5000 but no charge to the Town. The sign would be 8 feet by 2 feet in size and constructed of sand blasted cedar.
Oliver Fire Department seeking permission to acquire a used “command vehicle” to be used by the Fire Chief. The fire chief attends most fires and accidents – about 180 incidents a year on average. Seeking permission to spend $25000 on a used SUV like the one pictured for a command truck and one that can be used to block and direct traffic at the scene of an incident.
DELAYED – Council requesting a report on capital reserves. Some concern expressed that this “need” not discussed at budget discussions two months ago. Decision to be made after a comprehensive report from staff and Fire Chief.