Archives for April 17, 2019
Time: 6:49 pm Wednesday
Location: just north of Road 18 on Hwy 97
Large pickup hauling an empty trailer ended up on a fruit stand parking lot. Driver taken to hospital to be checked over. Several poles spotted on road way – one may have been hit. Tire marks indicate path of truck after that.
Injuries – not known – two ambulances, police and fire department on the scene – briefly.
No impact on traffic
Landfill Charges Changing May 1st
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) will be adjusting fees for wood products/ lead paint
containing materials, asbestos, assessed demolition and new construction waste mixed load materials. The
new landfill fees for the Oliver and OK Falls Landfills & Keremeos Transfer Station will begin soon.
2 weeks from today
Wood products, including lumber cuts, pallets, painted wood, cabinets and wood tables, will no longer have a free component. Historically these materials were free for the first 500 kg. Wood products continue to be charged at $60 a metric tonne, but with a $5 minimum charge. The removal of the free component for wood products is due the cost of handling wood grindings. Due to contaminates, ground wood products at landfills are very difficult and expensive to manage. Yard and garden waste and tree waste continues to be free for the first 500 kg per load. There is no change of fees for compostable leaves, pine cones, branches, garden waste, prunings and tree waste brought to local landfills.
Hazardous materials are changing rates to better match the high cost of management. Asbestos containing
materials will be charged $110 per metric tonne. Asbestos must be identified and an appointment made
prior to hauling to Campbell Mountain or Oliver Landfills.
Lead painted materials and preserved wood, such as pressure treated boards for decking, will be charged
$60 a metric tonne. These materials contain dangerous chemicals and should never be mixed with other
wood products. Lead painted materials and preserved wood are immediately buried when brought to the
At the Okanagan Falls Landfill-DRC Sorting Site, the cost for assessed demolition and renovation waste and for mixed waste from new construction will drop from $125 to $110 per tonne (in-service area rate)/ and from $150 to $135 per tonne (out-of service area).
The demolition sort facility at the Okanagan Falls Landfill is able to divert over 95% of materials it receives, saving the Regional District thousands of dollars per year.
There has been a guilty plea in a strange case that saw an Osoyoos woman barge into a home with a large knife “asking to see the baby.”
Sharon Constance Forner, aged 45, pled guilty to one count of break and enter to commit an indictable offence last week in a Penticton courtroom.
The incident in 2018 made international headlines due to its bizarre nature.
Surveillance footage at an Osoyoos home shows Forner approaching the front door wearing a wig and yellow rubber gloves, wielding a large kitchen knife. A mother alone at home with her seven-week-old child answered the door. Forner then said she “just wanted to see the baby.” The mother was able to defend herself and push the intruder outside, as shown on surveillance footage. Forner was arrested by police the following day.
Forner will appear again May 8th. She remains behind bars after violating the bail conditions of her original release.
With files from Castanet
By ROY WOOD
A large chunk of a popular Osoyoos beach will be closed off for the summer over fears that a retaining wall made unstable by last summer’s flooding could collapse on top of sunbathers.
Cottonwood Beach, across from the Sage Pub, will see the area adjacent to the Allen block wall cordoned off and sand trucked in to buttress the wall until its replacement can be completed, likely in late October.
Council’s decision this afternoon goes against the recommendation of operations director Jim Dinwoodie, who would have preferred to close the beach to the public entirely.
He said part of the attraction of the beach is that people can sit out of the sun in the shade of the wall. Policing a partial closure will be difficult, he said.
Councillor Brian Harvey told council he is concerned about having the beach closed during the peak tourist season. He pointed out that the winning bid for the wall-replacement contract is well below the amount budgeted for the project, leaving funds available for the extra costs of leaving the beach partially open.
The successful contractor is an Osoyoos company, Rocks ‘n’ Blocks, whose bid was $337,398, more than $110,000 below the next bidder.
Mayor Sue McKortoff was delighted that the local company secured the contract. “Most of the people in the company grew up here and went to school here,” she said.
Dinwoodie told council reconstruction of the wall is unlikely to begin until after the Labour Day weekend because of high lake levels in the work area. However, he said, if levels go down earlier than expected and the company is able to schedule it, the work could begin earlier.
The project will include replacing the steel handrails and resurfacing the area between the sidewalk and the wall with concrete.
Parks Canada is committed to openness, transparency and sharing timely, accurate and clear information with the public. For this reason, public information sessions to share the results of the “What We Heard” report are being planned for later this spring in Osoyoos, Oliver and Penticton. Details on these public information sessions will be provided in the near future.
Parks Canada is working with a third-party consultant to review the feedback collected through the public consultations and is preparing a “What We Heard” report. The report will include a summary of the results of the consultation, which will inform future discussions regarding the proposed national park reserve. Parks Canada is currently focused on the preparation of the “What We Heard” report and, therefore, will not be participating in South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society’s public meeting.
Parks Canada undertook broad and extensive consultations with residents of the region, stakeholders and all Canadians to obtain their views on the proposed boundary and key aspects for consideration in the management of the lands. Their input will inform the assessment of the establishment of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. In total, Parks Canada’s Project Manager met with 39 groups. In addition, senior officials from Parks Canada responsible for park establishment met in-person with several key stakeholders.
Parks Canada’s goal is to have an agreement on a final boundary for the proposed national park reserve and an approach to the management of the lands in place by summer 2019. Steps would then be undertaken towards the formal establishment of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
A new national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen would protect and represent one of the most endangered natural regions in Canada and enable this inspiring landscape to be shared with Canadians and visitors from around the world.