Archives for March 23, 2018
I’m not sure what MLA Linda Larson is referring to by saying MOTI is in the process of cleaning out culverts in the Willowbrook subdivision. I’ve just visited each of the four culverts plus visited the Goldtau Rd culvert today, and there is no work being carried out. We as a community, have been trying to have many levels of government address the situation here for the past 10 months. We have correspondence recorded to MOTI, Argo Road Maintenance, RDOS, and Ministry of Forests, Land, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development. And here we have a large rain fall that can happen in many areas, but when infrastructure is not maintained, the result can be catastrophic to the residents of Willowbrook. A couple of homes lost their septic systems last year due to the high water. All due to the fact the culverts and creeks beds have never been maintained. We Don’t want a repeat of last years events
Jim Stanley 182 Carr Crescent Willowbrook
Date: March 23
“We always have a list of concerns that come into our office that we sit down and talk to Hwys about. Concerns about potential flooding this Spring were addressed. Cleaning of culverts in Willowbrook is underway. No way of knowing what flooding will happen this year but the water table is higher than last year prior to the melt so no doubt there will some issues.”
Linda Larson, MLA
Date: March 20
nothing else works better
March 22 daily rainfall records were set in the South Okanagan.
Summerland which had a total of 33.8 mm of rainfall in that 24-hour period beating the previous record of 14.4 mm set in 1995.
Penticton had 29.6 mm or rainfall beating the previous daily record of 16.3 mm set in 1972.
Osoyoos had 18.3 mm or rainfall beating the daily record of 10.2 mm set in 1988.
Source: Black Press Digital
Victoria not interested in funding a $100 thousand study into regional pool.
“Thank you for your interest in the BC Rural Dividend and the submission of your application for Multi-Community Indoor Swimming Pool Feasibility Study.
We appreciate the time you took to apply and your efforts to strengthen your community’s resiliency and economic viability. The Rural Dividend Program received a large number of applications in the fourth intake period and the funding requested significantly exceeded the Program’s available funds.
Unfortunately, your application did not receive a high enough ranking in the review and assessment process to be selected for funding.”
Previously on ODN – December 2017
The region’s three local municipal governments and the Osoyoos Indian Band, the local First Nation government, are working together to explore the potential of adding an indoor aquatic facility to the South Okanagan community. The Towns of Oliver and Osoyoos have long discussed the idea of building an indoor aquatic centre that would serve both communities; now the Osoyoos Indian Band and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen are also engaged in the conversation.
On behalf of the four government entities the Town of Oliver has applied for a $100,000 provincial Rural Dividend Fund grant to enable a feasibility study that would detail potential services, capital and operating costs, site assessment, facility layout and design and also develop a cost sharing, governance and operating model. The feasibility study process will include extensive community consultation.
All four governments have provided letters of support for the project and are excited about working together on a project of this nature that would see improved services for all the communities.
“An indoor public pool continues to be a high priority for many local Osoyoos residents,” said Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff. “Our Community Services review showed that this issue is top of the list for families.
“But since the cost of a pool and the ongoing cost for operating a pool is steep and could be difficult to manage for any single municipality, I am pleased that our local governments are looking to cooperate on a feasibility study.”
Added Town of Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes: “The conversation is very early but I am excited that we are able to have this discussion. It is great to see our local governments looking into opportunities that would in the end benefit the entire region.”
Historically, an indoor pool facility was considered too big a project for one local government acting alone to handle. However, says Mark Pendergraft, Area “A” director for the RDOS, including all four partners brings the project closer to reality.
“I am excited about the potential pool as a partnership,” he said. “Between communities is the only way to keep the cost to a potentially reasonable level, and will result in a higher-quality facility that has higher use.”
In the next few months, the government partners will work towards establishing a steering committee that would include representatives from member councils and staff to administer the grant and move the project forward.
The feasibility study is the first step in what is expected to be a lengthy process. The steering committee will work to maintain positive energy among the partners and report progress to the member constituencies.
“Working together for the good of all residents in the south Okanagan is a very positive forward-thinking initiative,” concluded Mayor McKortoff.
Emergency Operations Centre
Overnight conditions have caused incidents of rock fall, flooding, and minor landslides in several areas of the region. The Regional District is in level 1 EOC for preventative measures with staff engaged. At this time, 2 Naramata residents left their homes due to flooding and have been provided with Emergency Social Services Support.
The RDOS is on the ground assessing damages as are other agency professionals.
At this time, the RDOS is providing residents support providing sand and sand bags at locations where damage or flooding has occurred:
Electoral Area ‘C’ – (Rural Oliver)
Willowbrook: Sand and sand bags have been delivered to the Willowbrook Fire Hall, 3395 Willowbrook Rd.
Oliver: Sand and sand bags available at Oliver Fire Hall, 369 Similkameen Ave
Electoral Area ‘D’ – (East and west side Skaha Lake, Kaleden, Twin Lakes, Okanagan Falls)
Okanagan Falls: Sand and sand bags available at the parking lot at Keogan Park across from 1512 Cedar
Electoral Area ‘E’ (Naramata, Glenfir, Indian Rock)
Naramata: Sand and sand bags available at Naramata Fire Hall, 1095 Lower Debeck Rd.
Note: The KVR Trail is closed south of Arawana Rd. above Naramata. There has been washout in the vicinity of Workman Place. Please avoid using this trail until further notice, as the extent of damage or risk of further collapse is being assessed at this time.
Those requiring Emergency Social Services support can be assisted at: 250-486-1890
If you require further assistance, please call the Emergency Operations Centre: 250-490-4225
Elsewhere – sandbags being picked up
One home on Park Rill near Hwy – first signs of basement flooding
High water table in Willowbrook area – MLA Linda Larson says MOTI in process of cleaning culverts. Area resident Rick Knodel says some roadways over come with water and no sign of regular maintenance on culverts.
Fairview Mtn. Golf Course – debris fill across a course that just opened Closed for now.
When I say I really mean it, I am trying to add emphasis to my intention. I can also say that what I really mean is … That is supposed to clarify something where my intent seems to be misunderstood. It could also be that my intent is in doubt. You don’t believe I mean it and will tear up this document (usually with an ‘unless you… ‘ included)… so I kind of raise the threat level.
In mathematics, the mean is the simple average of a group of measurements. This can work well when talking about the weight of a bunch of potatoes. Although there is a factual part to expressing the mean of an attribute of a group of people, be careful. To say someone is above or below the mean can be innocuous until we substitute average for mean. Now some are above or, oh oh, below average. We can be touchy
If I am mean toward you I am being nasty, provoking, relentless even, not nice. To be mean is a defense reaction. I am not feeling top of my game, maybe angry at something, not even you, grouchy, threatened, deflated and in order to push you away I can act in a mean manner. Mean feels to be a member of the evil family. What do you think?
GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time. That is the time related to the annual average (mean) of when the sun crosses the Greenwich meridian in England, at noon. The mean, average, is used because the earth is not a perfect sphere but rather an approximation of an oblate spheroid (you wanted to know that didn’t you) which is quite lumpy. From that reference point world time is calculated
In the meantime… What does that have to do with any kind of average or being nasty or underlining emphasis? It is not a time when things are hurtful but simply ‘while we wait’. I don’t have the means, whoops, that word again, to understand how all these meanings (again) were decided upon, even less than by whom. Where do word meanings come from? Is this man’s search for meaning?
Carol Lynne Marie Rempel January 30, 1957 – February 24, 2018
Carol Lynne Marie Rempel (Bell), age 61, passed away peacefully, and went to be with her Lord and Savior, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, on Saturday February 24 in Oliver, B.C.
She was born January 30, 1957, in New Westminster, BC to Don and Virginia Bell. She was a graduate of North Delta Senior Secondary in 1975. She married Cliff Rempel on January 17, 1976, in Surrey, BC.
Lynne truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; spending time with family, riding her scooter, camping in nature, creating visual arts, singing, performing and acting in local theaters and in church.
She is dearly missed by her Husband, Cliff; Son Chris and his Wife Sheri; Son James and his Fiance Anna Lisa; her Grandchildren Daylen, Elowin and Amourina; her Mother Virginia: Sister Betty and her Husband Al; Sister Ginny and her Husband Joe; Brother Robert and his Wife Rosiland; her Mother-In-Law Vivian; Brother-In-Law Doug and his Wife Sandy; Sisters-In-Law Carol, Damon and Carla as well as many Cousins, Nephews and Nieces.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday April 28, 2018 at Park Drive Church, Oliver, BC.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
•We do not want areas of the Southern Okanagan turned into a national park reserve;
•This park would offer no additional protection to the land;
•This park would not be financially viable as parks are running at a deficit;
•This park would take the use of the lands away from the locals in the way they currently use them and would only open them to resource exploitation by special interest groups;
•Ranchers, hunters, recreational users and far more people will lose their rights to enjoy crown land in this area; and
•We voted this down previously and it should not be pushed forward without the consent of those who will be most affected by it.
We, the undersigned, residents of the Southern Okanagan, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to ask that the proposal of forming a National Park Reserve in the Southern Okanagan be ended and that there be a referendum and vote on this subject once and for all.
Petition presented Wednesday by MP Dick Cannings.