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Cascadia Airlines – Letter of support requested from Town for the possibility of a passenger service at Osoyoos Airport. All of council supported the request with the exception of Mayor Sue McKortoff.
The mayor stated this matter had been before council in a prior session and thought that the matter should be left dormant until the Official Community Plan update is finished. McKortoff also stated that a letter of support is one thing but it leaves the impression that the municipality is able to handle a passenger service at its local airport.
The remainder of council thought the business should be encouraged but at the same time recognizing that this was only one small step by the BC based airline in getting federal approvals.
Cascadia has approached Sechelt, Salmon Arm, Penticton and Princeton.
Meadowlark Housing Development –
Site context and proposal:
The subject property is within the South East Meadowlark Plan area. The property abuts the north end of a kettle pond; the develop-able portion of the property is approximately 1.2 ha (3 acres) in size.
A conservation covenant will be registered on the foreshore area of the pond in order to protect the habitat of the species that live in and near the pond and frequent the area. The pond itself will be dedicated to the Town and preserved as natural habitat.
The proposed development consists of a mix of residential uses. A total of 26 residential lots are included in the draft plan of subdivision. Note, that a lot previously identified as a residential lot is now identified as possible future park (further details in a later section of this report). The draft plan of subdivision indicates a variety of lot sizes which will support a mix of single family homes, single family homes with suites, rancher style homes and duplex.
Council endorsed the following:
a) Council grants Third Reading to Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1230.25, 2020.
b) Council grants Third Reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.127, 2020
Following are some of the items that were discussed at the Board of Education Meeting held on May 27, 2020 via Zoom.
Staff reported on the efforts of teachers, support staff, and administrators preparing for the return of students to classes on June 1. This return to class is part of the “re-start” plan delineated by the Provincial Government. On May 15, the Premier and the Minister of Education held a media conference to provide clarity on the details of the restart plan for the K-12 sector beginning June 1st.
This restart plan continues to be coordinated with government, the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Health Officer and involves a measured phased-in approach to resuming in-class learning, guided by strict health and safety guidelines.
On June 1, students in SD No. 53 will be returning to part time in-class instruction.
For students in Kindergarten to Grade 5, this will mean attending approximately 2 days each week and for students in Grades 6-12 attending approximately one day each week. Some students will be attending more often up to 5 days per week as long as we can adhere to the density protocols of students in the building and space to divide them so as to not exceed 50% of enrolment. While this return is upon the discretion of parents and students, we acknowledge and support family choices not to return at this time. School buses will run on all schedules and times with one student per seat unless they live in the same household. Bus schedules have been aligned with school and sibling schedules. As this is complex to schedule, we do ask that parents be in contact with their respective school’s principals/vice-principals to let them know of their intentions.
Secondary schools are continuing to plan for their bursary and commencement ceremonies. Their plans must follow the provincial health guidelines with no more than 50 people in one gathering.
School staff are collaborating with students and parents over options and procedures that
meet these requirements. The SESS and OSS grad classes are under 50 students while the SOSS grad class is approximately 85.
A public budget forum was held virtually via Zoom at 6:30 pm, 13th May 2020 to present the first draft of the budget to partner groups and the general public. An online survey/feedback form had been posted on the district website to obtain insights/feedback from the public.
The Board was informed that Capital funding in the amount of $125,000 was approved by the
Provincial Government for a new playground for Cawston Primary School.
Staff also reported that playgrounds will be reopened thru the district with specific cleanliness signage indicating that structures are not cleaned or sanitized and that proper personal hand hygiene should be followed.
The Board would also like to thank staff, administrators, teachers, parents and students for their patience, resilience and commitment to education through this difficult period whilst we all look forward to some form of normalcy.
Rob Zandee, Chairperson
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen)
Osoyoos Lake Water Levels
Lake levels are determined by several factors, including the operation of Zosel Dam in Washington State, the operation of Okanagan Dam in Penticton, stream-flow into Okanagan River between Penticton and Osoyoos, and the flow levels of the Similkameen River, which joins Okanagan River south of the US/Canada border. The BEST gauge for Osoyoos Lake is the US Geological Survey station in Oroville WA.
Evacuation Order Issued Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Order has been issued by the RDOS due to immediate danger to life safety due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area “B”.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) Emergency Operations Centre advises that a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has been declared in Electoral Area “B”.
Residents are likely to be impacted by flood waters and the threat to life and safety, and property damage exists. This flooding emergency requires prompt coordination of action or special regulation of persons or property to protect the health, safety or welfare of people or to limit damage to property.
The RDOS, its employees, servants and agents are empowered pursuant to Section 13 (1) of the
Emergency Program Act to do all acts and implement all procedures that are considered necessary to prevent or to alleviate the effects of the emergency.
Ordered by Karla Kozakevich May 31, 2020 to remain in force for seven days until June 6, 2020 at midnight unless cancelled by order of RDOS or the Minister responsible. The RDOS continues to be in communication with the Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB).
Members of RCMP and Penticton Search and Rescue will be expediting this action. The Evacuation Order is in effect for 186 Chopaka Road. A map of the evacuation area is attached.
Evacuation Alert Issued
An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the RDOS due to the threat of flooding in Electoral Area B due to the potential danger to life, health, and property damage. The RDOS has issued an Evacuation Alert for the following properties:
1049 Chopaka Rd
1050 Chopaka Rd
1101 Chopaka Rd
The Alert has been issued to prepare residents to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.
Parents will have the choice of bringing their children back to class on a part-time basis this school year as part of BC’s Restart Plan, with the goal of returning to full-time classes in September 2020, provided it is safe to do so.
“British Columbians have worked hard to flatten our curve. As we move into the next phase of our pandemic plan after the May long weekend, the science shows us that we’re ready to bring students back to school safely on a gradual and part-time basis,” said Premier John Horgan. “This will be welcome news for many families who have struggled to adjust to remote and online learning, and for parents who are going back to work. At every step, we will move slowly and make health and safety our top priority. B.C. has done well under the guidance of our provincial health officials, and now is the time to take this next step together.”
To make sure schools are safe for students and staff, the number of students in school each day will be reduced, with most receiving in-class instruction part time. School districts will determine scheduling for classes and transportation arrangements. For kindergarten to Grade 5, this means most students will go to school half time (such as alternating days), while grades 6 to 12 will go to school about one day a week. Children of essential service workers and students needing additional supports will have the option to attend school full time. Families that decide not to send their children to class may continue learning from home.
“School is the place where kids learn how to connect with others and grow together, and it’s incredibly important for students who need extra support to get more time with their teachers and support workers,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “We’ve looked at what measures other jurisdictions are putting in place and we’re taking direction from our provincial health officials, so students, educators and staff know we’re taking every precaution to protect their health and safety.”
Health and safety
All boards of education and independent school authorities will be required to implement strict provincial health officer and WorkSafe BC health and safety measures to reduce the risk COVID-19 transmission, including:
School District 53 – Superintendent Bev Young said both Osoyoos Secondary School and Similkameen Elementary Secondary School have graduating classes of fewer than 50 students, which is the maximum group size permitted under current provincial health orders, so they are allowed to gather with precautions.
June 27 In Keremeos, the Class of 2020 will gather in the SESS gym for a ceremony together, but with no audience. Instead, the event will be live-streamed to parents and the community.
June 24 In Oliver, Southern Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver, which has a graduating class of approximately 85 kids. They will be split into two groups for separate ceremonies, one outside and one in the atrium
June 25 @ 5 pm In Osoyoos – OSS will conduct its ceremony for graduates.
Parents will attend in gyms and watch their children cross the stage.
“We understand these are difficult times for graduates and certainly not what they envisioned for themselves,” Young says.
Meanwhile, the three high schools to the north in School District 67 will all have virtual ceremonies due to their larger class sizes.
Source: Files from Penticton Herald