Archives for March 27, 2018
The Town of Oliver submitted a joint application with the Town of Osoyoos for the Emergency Social Services funding. The grant application was successful at the full amount of $25,000.
- The intent of this funding stream is to support eligible applicants to build local capacity to provide emergency social services through training, volunteer recruitment and retention, and the purchase of equipment.
Also the Town of Oliver submitted an Emergency Operations Centres & Training grant and was successful at full funding of $25,000.
- The intent of this funding stream is to support the purchase of equipment and supplies required to maintain or improve Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) and to enhance EOC capacity through training and exercises.
- The Town intends to purchase equipment to establish an independent EOC at the Oliver Fire Hall.
Both grants are to build capacity and was not already identified for in the current budget.
Source: Town of Oliver
Last day of concrete work – repairing the floor bottom on the canal between Road 3 and 2. Silver Springs Concrete Services is the contractor the Town hired to help with the work and Town employees prepped the floor of the ditch.
H&M Excavating assisting the Town on a mainline irrigation repair on Road 2 at Primrose lane. This is a major T – intersection in the irrigation system which involves the intersection of a 24”, 18” and 10” pipe. A ‘speciality tee’ had to be made/ shipped to us for this project to get a properly sized fitting. This project was supposed to be completed a week and half ago but the part took longer than anticipated to arrive. Work will be complete this morning.
Emergency Operations Centre Update:
Declaration of a Local State of Emergency for the community of Willowbrook in Electoral Area C.
Due to the threat of flooding and possible damage to properties in the vicinity of Kearns Creek near Willowbrook in Electoral Area C, Regional District Chair, Karla Kozakevich has declared a Local State of Emergency.
When safe access or egress to residents is threatened, the RDOS can request a Local State of Emergency be imposed to provide additional resources in the event that an evacuation of residents or emergency works in the community becomes necessary.
There has already been active sandbagging and precautionary preparedness by the community. Provincial agencies are on the ground assessing culverts and local dam infrastructure and working with the RDOS on this localized emergency response event.
The Emergency Operations Centre is continuing to remain open.
For inquiries, please call the 250-490-4225
Emergency Operations Centre: Willowbrook Shows Community Spirit
The RDOS and Willowbrook residents along Kearns Creek were advised late yesterday that the flow in Kearns Creek, which meanders through the community, would begin to rise slowly overnight and persist over the next couple of days. This was due to a ‘draw down’ order from the Province on the Kearns Creek dam near Willowbrook. Up to a 6 inch rise was cautiously predicted.
The RDOS had previously delivered 2000 sandbags and several loads of sand, but added to that after hours last evening with an additional 24 yards of sand and 4,000 more sandbags.
Last night, the community rallied together with 50 volunteers, alongside Willowbrook Fire Services to fill and deploy sandbags. This community effort was greatly assisted through mutual aid agreements sending personnel from nearby Keremeos and Oliver Fire Services. On-site Incident Command to coordinate these efforts was provided by Willowbrook Fire Services.
The RDOS Water Operations staff also worked late into the evening armouring the water system pump house and wellhead.
The RDOS Emergency Operations is in contact with the dam owner, Provincial agencies and those undertaking the draw down. The Emergency Operations Centre will keep residents informed of any additional situations as they arise.
The RDOS wishes to acknowledge the quick and helpful residents in the community and the Fire Departments for stepping up during this unexpected event.
Rushing creek ( Kearne’s ) passes within feet of front door of home. Last night dozens and dozens of people helped the community to make, distribute, and pack hundred and hundreds of sandbags late into the night. The situation has stabilized a bit but much work to be done to ensure the creek can flow properly through culverts – heading to the river down stream.
Some roads closed (sandbags) some flooded but passable.
Huge ponds created by “way too much” water – and spring run-off no where near its peak. There are two main concerns – upstream water being released from dams by owners and the blockages near Meyer’s Flat (park) that is a real obstacle.
Council voted unanimously last night to support a new funding formula for additional transit services that will see bus service Osoyoos to Kelowna and return.
Presently the Town of Oliver budgets for $11 697 for a service that goes to Penticton week days.
The proposed service for 2019 would take the buses right through to Kelowna – Monday to Friday at an additional cost of $7419.
According to CFO Devon Wannop – the cost new cost per household will be $5.72 up from $3.39. This is not a bus fare but a municipal subsidy.
The city of Penticton has also endorsed the new concept and other rural areas and municipalities in the RDOS are being asked for their go ahead.
If some areas say NO – costs will rise. The good news is that some areas north of Penticton ( Peachland and Westbank ) have indicated they may share in the cost
which would help with the overall budget.
23rd annual SOSS Enrichment Fund Society – golf tournament – will be held April 7 and 8th in Oliver.
“I’m happy to say our SOSS Enrichment Fund Scramble will NOT be delayed. We may have to make some slight adjustments but we are delighted to be playing on the scheduled days.” states Sue Capyk
The tournament is a major fund raising for scholarships (over 21 thousand dollars to be given to 27 students) this year.