2018 Candidates: Bridget Miller, Rabbjot Mundahar, Jennifer Zepeda, Enola Mills, Jassimran Sidhu, Avnit Sidhu, Jasmeen Gill and absent (Eisha Gill)
Rick Machial is a long standing farmer and holds a long term position as a Water Councillor for the Town of Oliver’s water utility.
He and all other councillors heard a brief report Monday evening that the Mayor and senior staff were still attempting to set up a Ministerial Meeting in Ottawa seeking $5 million to fix the damaged syphon at Gallagher Lake.
Machial says the Town needs a plan B – if the funding does not come through and even more seriously if there is further damage to the water system.
Councillor Machial says it is time to get ‘political’ and expressed some frustration with staff efforts to date. He says he has asked for an update at least six times with a limited response – and just in June – a letter received indicating exactly what they already knew that funding was not available under the existing federal infrastructure grant program that was designed for potable drinking water – not water supplies for farmers.
Mayor Ron Hovanes says he is still hopeful for Federal Government Funding for repairs to the Gallagher Lake Siphon.
The Federal Government says normal infrastructure grants are not available for this purpose.
Hovanes will meet with the federal Minister of Agriculture in Ottawa or his staff – as this is the most likely source of five million dollars needed to complete the Gallagher Lake re-do of the canal as an totally underground system adjacent to Highway 97 and well away from rock falls that have plagued the system in the past.
OIB Chief Clarence Louie will be invited to attend the meeting – when and if it is set up. The province of BC still is holding $5 million dollars in reserve for this very expensive project.
As the calendar is set to turn to August, the anticipation of peach season in the sunny Okanagan Valley is not far behind. To help facilitate the demand of this juicy fan-favourite summer fruit, BC Tree Fruits is excited to unveil a brand new, state-of-the-art peach and apple packing production line in their Oliver packing facility. The installation of this multi-million dollar packing line was just completed and saw the first bins of fruit go across this past weekend. BC Tree Fruits continues to be a leader in the industry and the Valley and with the addition of this new line continues the trend of employment opportunities within the Cooperative, specifically in the south Okanagan region.
The launch of this new packing line brings the Okanagan Valley, and more specifically the grower members of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, the advantage of having some of the most advanced efficient grading technology in Canada. The new packing line will deliver accurate and consistent fruit quality to consumers across Western Canada and will support the expectation in the market of high quality, locally grown fruit from the growers of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative.
“We are excited to bring this technology to our grower members,” says Director of Operations Peter Hoffman. “This new packing line utilizes an optical sorter that has advanced machine-learning capabilities that revolutionizes the sorting process. The results will allow us to colour map, grade and defect sort fruit with increased accuracy, all with the focus of delivering consistent, high quality fruit to our consumers.”
he launch of this new packing line, we maintain our commitment to reinvest in our industry and our growers with state-of-the-art technology,” says Stan Swales, Chief Executive Officer. “With this line comes the ability for us to continue to meet our consumer’s expectations of premium fruit whenever they see the BC Tree Fruits leaf.”The Oliver facility will handle the packing of all summer fruits for BC Tree Fruits Cooperative outside of cherries, which are also packed in the Kelowna facility. The new packing line will also handle apples starting in the fall.
Devon Wannop, Chief Financial Officer
Overall there has been a lot of discussion between the Town of Oliver and its residents. Whether it is complaints or us answering various questions about delivery, timing, and storage of the automated carts.
The delivery should be completed by the weekend.
However, if the residents did not get their requested change out this time around the residents will need to wait till the next batch of change outs which are tentatively set for October. At this time we should also have a better understand of the inventory needs of the change outs and should be able to complete those in a timely manner. Also we have worked with Waste Connections to ensure that we wouldn’t be charged by them for an additional service that they didn’t provide. That being said, because the residents didn’t get their carts by July 1st those that would have got an additional charge (if they changed from the base program for garbage or yard waste) they will not get charged the additional fee till Q4.
Change out – this refers to residents that have provided a form back to the town to change their carts from the base program.
Some residents will not get the carts that they requested because their order came after the list was provided to Waste Connections. If they did not get their requested carts, they will have to wait till our next major roll-out which will be in October 2018.
Diane Vaykovich, Corporate Officer on the subject of complaints: Overall the large volume of calls and queries received at Town Hall were expected. Definitely increased now that the carts are being delivered, but staff are able to answer the questions and residents leave satisfied. Oliver has attempted to communicate regularly and often on the status of the carts so information is available at Town Hall and the website.
*garbage, recycling and yard waste
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) seeking custodians to join our team.
Custodians are responsible for cleaning and minor maintenance of schools. Pay is $20.89 per hour.
Work is on-call with fairly steady offers of 4-8 hour shifts that start at 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday with occasional weekend work offers.
Successful candidates must be physically capable and organized, with a sound knowledge of cleaning procedures.
Building Services Worker Certificate is required. 4
For application guidelines and job description visit this link
Information Available for Candidates and Voters
The upcoming general local government election is Saturday, October 20, 2018 to determine the individuals who will make decisions and govern on behalf of voters. In Oliver, eligible voters will cast their ballot to elect one Mayor and four Councillors, and two Water Councillors (System 1 through 7).
In preparation for the general election, information is now available for both candidates and voters on the Town of Oliver website www.oliver.ca click on the Election 2018 image. The website includes key dates, voter information, and candidate information.
Candidates who are thinking of running for office in 2018 can now obtain the Nomination Package and Information Package at Town Hall or on the Town website.
Town of Oliver
Diane Vaykovich, Chief Election Officer
Linda Schultz, Deputy Chief Election Officer
250 485 6200