News Release – 29 Jul 2021 – Stage 3 Water Restrictions

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STAGE 3 WATER RESTRICTIONS

For Immediate Release
July 29, 2021


Stage 3 Water Restriction Take Effect July 30, 2021
Stage 3 Water Restrictions take effect July 30, 2021 for water system users
within the Town boundaries and portions of RDOS Electoral Area ‘C’ (rural
Oliver).


Residential Users – One Day Per Week:
Odd numbered houses – Wednesday
Even numbered houses – Friday


Agriculture, Commercial and Industrial Users:
At Stage 2 users were asked to reduce 30% – the Town is asking these users to continue to reduce irrigation use for farming, commercial and industrial use.


Agricultural customers (farm status) may continue to water to maintain the health of their crops but are being asked to voluntarily reduce consumption and continue to monitor for leaks and reducing watering during the heat of the day if possible.


Residents are encouraged to adjust their residential underground irrigation systems to water lawns, trees and shrubs between midnight and 7:00 a.m. on their watering day. Extra hand watering is permitted for personal gardens, trees and shrubs.


Public Works Crews and Bylaw Enforcement are visiting properties who may be in violation of the water restrictions. Non-compliant properties can be fined $250 through Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw 1406, with a $100.00 fee applied if water service has been turned off.


There is little doubt the Okanagan is on the front lines of climate change, shifting between flooding and drought, and extreme fire seasons. Okanagan municipalities are working to find solutions to Make Water Work and preparing water users to ensure a sustainable water supply for our valley.


For more information:
Town of Oliver – https://www.oliver.ca/town-services/water/
Okanagan Basin Water Board – makewaterwork.ca or okwaterwise.ca


Inquiries:


Town of Oliver
250 485 6213
works@oliver.ca


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News Release – Inkaneep Creek Wildfire

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INKANEEP CREEK WILDFIRE

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2021

Emergency Operations Centre Level One

The Town of Oliver has activated its Emergency Operations Centre to support
a wildfire within the jurisdiction of Osoyoos Indian Band. The Town is working
with the Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen and Emergency
Management BC.

Currently there are some properties within Oliver that are on Evacuation Alert.
To view the Evacuation Alert area see attached.

TOWN OF OLIVER PROPERTIES

5950 BLACK SAGE RD
6094 BLACK SAGE RD
6172 BLACK SAGE RD
800 SPILLWAY RD
802 SPILLWAY RD
820 SPILLWAY RD
852 SPILLWAY RD
862 SPILLWAY RD
882 SPILL WAY RD
921 SPILLWAY RD (125 properties)
937 SPILLWAY RD
953 SPILLWAY RD
957 SPILLWAY RD
7125 TUCELNUIT DR

7137 TUCELNUIT DR
7145 TUCELNUIT DR
7153 TUCELNUIT DR
7161 TUCELNUIT DR
7171 TUCELNUIT DR
7177 TUCELNUIT DR

Residents are advised to be prepared to evacuate on short notice. Residents
will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to issuance of an
evacuation order. In preparing for an Evacuation Alert or Evacuation Order
click here

A Reception Centre has been opened at the Oliver Legion to support residents
on Evacuation Order. Residents who are ordered to leave their homes can
register on the Emergency Registration & Assistance (ERA) tool
ess.gov.bc.ca

Inquiries:

Town of Oliver
250 485 6200

 

 


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News Release – Stage 2 Water Restrictions in Effect

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STAGE 2 WATER RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT

For Immediate Release
July 14, 2021
 

Town of Oliver Water System Customers and Rural Irrigation System Users

 
Stage 2 Water Use Restrictions are now in effect for Town of Oliver Water System customers. This includes properties within the:
  – Town of OIiver
  – Portions of RDOS Electoral Area ‘C’
 
Under Stage 2, residents are asked to restrict their irrigating to two days a week using even and odd house numbering as a guideline. This applies to all InTown and Rural water customers that use domestic groundwater and surface (canal) water for irrigation. By being waterwise now and making small adjustments we can help safeguard that we will have enough water for our summer water needs.
 
Odd Numbered Houses Wednesday and Saturday
Even Numbered Houses Tuesday and Friday
 
At this time agricultural customers (farm status) may continue to water to maintain the health of their crops but are being asked to voluntarily reduce consumption by an additional 20% (total 30%), by monitoring for leaks and reducing watering during the heat of the day if possible.
 
Residents are encouraged to adjust their residential underground irrigation systems to water lawns, trees and shrubs between midnight and 7:00 a.m. on their watering day. Extra hand watering is permitted for personal gardens, trees and shrubs.
 
The Town is stepping up education to ensure there is no confusion about when watering can occur. Public Works Crews and Bylaw Enforcement are visiting properties who may be in violation of the water restrictions. Noncompliant properties can be fined $275 through Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw 1406.
 
There is little doubt the Okanagan is on the front lines of climate change, shifting between flooding and drought, and extreme fire seasons. Okanagan municipalities are working to find solutions to Make Water Workand preparing water users to ensure a sustainable water supply for our valley. Visit makewaterwork.ca or okwaterwise.ca for more information.
 
Inquiries:
Public Works
250 485 6213

 

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News Release – Stage 1 Water Restrictions Reminder

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REMINDER — STAGE 1 WATER
RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT

For Immediate Release
June 30, 2021

Town of Oliver Water System Customers and Rural Irrigation System Users Town of Oliver Water System Customers and Rural Irrigation System Users are currently in Stage 1 water restrictions that affects outdoor watering only.

Residents are asked to restrict their irrigating to three days a week using even and odd house numbering as a guideline. This is for In-Town residential water customers and Rural customers that use irrigation surface (canal) water for domestic groundwater for watering.

Odd Numbered Houses – Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Even Numbered Houses – Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
At this time agricultural customers (farm status) may continue to water ground crops, orchards and vineyards.

Residents are encouraged to adjust their residential underground irrigation systems to water lawns, trees and shrubs between midnight and 7:00 a.m. on their watering day. Extra hand watering is allowed for personal gardens, trees and shrubs.

The Town is stepping up education to ensure there is no confusion about when watering can occur. Public Works Crews and Bylaw Enforcement are visiting properties who may be in violation of the water restrictions.

There is little doubt the Okanagan is on the front lines of climate change, shifting between flooding and drought, and extreme fire seasons. Okanagan municipalities are working to find solutions to Make Water Work and preparing water users to ensure a sustainable water supply for our valley. Visit
makewaterwork.ca or okwaterwise.ca for more information.

Inquiries:
Public Works
250 485 6213


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OLIVER CRIME WATCH

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OLIVER CRIME WATCH


For Immediate Release
May 19, 2021


Oliver Council Contributes $8,000 towards newer vehicle


Oliver Crime Watch received $8,000 from the Town of Oliver to financially support the purchase of a newer vehicle.


Mayor Johansen joins Oliver Crime Watch out on patrols in the community and agrees with Crime Watch that the existing truck previously donated by the Town no longer meet their needs. “Oliver Crime Watch does important work for the community and surrounding Area C, said Johansen. “The volunteers support the work of the RCMP through their regular patrols and setting up Speed Watch programs”.


Shirley Zelinski, Oliver Crime Watch President accepted the cheque from Mayor Johansen stating “The Crime Watch Executive extend their thanks to Oliver, RDOS, community businesses and resident volunteers who focus on the common goal of creating a safer and more secure community. Everyone
worked hard towards this achievement”. Zelinski also thanked Oliver Car & Truck Sales for their service.


Funds to support Crime Watch have been taken from reserves. Crime Watch has been successful in receiving $5,000 from Electoral Area C Director Rick Knodel through the RDOS Grant in Aid program, together with commitments from Area 27 ($5,000), Vinters Cove Winery ($5,000), and from Oliver Crime Watch ($4,000) for a total of $27,000.00.


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Town of Oliver
250 485 6200


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Chief Administrative Officer

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CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

For Immediate Release
May 19, 2021

Town hires Ed Chow as Chief Administrative Officer

The Town of Oliver is pleased to announce Mr. Ed Chow as its new Chief Administrative Officer effective July 5, 2021.

“One of Council’s highest priorities is to select a qualified CAO for our community, said Mayor Johansen. After a rigorous interview process it was clear Ed has the knowledge, experience and leadership skills to achieve Council’s strategic priorities and continue to advance the Town of Oliver forward. We look forward to working with Ed and are confident he will make an excellent addition to Oliver.”

Mr. Chow will be coming from Alberta where he has held two CAO roles over
the last ten years. Prior to his time in Alberta, he began his local government career with the City of Nelson. His experience in both the private and public sector has given him a well rounded background with skill sets that are ideally suited for the Town’s operations.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join a dedicated team of Council and Staff at the Town of Oliver. As Canada’s Wine Capital, Oliver is rich in heritage, culture, and a quality of life that is second to none, said Mr. Chow. I am looking forward to providing the support Council needs to continue to advance their vision for this special place.”

Mr. Chow has also spent time furthering his education and holds a Masters in Public Administration and the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration. His professional designations as a CPHR, AICP and most recently AMP demonstrates his passion for learning and his dedication to local government business. He is an experienced leader and the Town looks forward
to having him join the Town of Oliver in July.

Ed Chow will be replacing CAO Cathy Cowan who retires June 30 and has
served the Town for 10 years in her 30 years in local government.

Inquiries:
Town of Oliver
250 485 6200


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Chief Financial Officer

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For Immediate Release

May 12, 2021 

Town Hires Elma Hamming as Chief Financial Officer

The Town of Oliver is pleased to announce the hiring of Elma Hamming as its Chief
Financial Officer effective July 19, 2021. Hamming will be responsible for leading all
fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization in conjunction with Oliver
Council.

“Ms. Hamming brings significant experience in local government from the Town of
Smithers and City of Rossland. Her educational training includes certification in
Natural Asset Management, Asset Management, and Emergency Operations
(Finance, Administration and Operations). She looks forward to continuing the
attainment of the prestigious GFOA Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Award”,
said Chief Administrative Officer, Cathy Cowan.

“Thank you to the Town of Oliver for welcoming me to their community. I look forward
to providing insight into sensible financial planning that will assist Council, staff, and
the community in achieving Oliver’s strategic objectives for a long term vibrant future. I
am also keen to enjoy the climate, lakes, and vineyards and to call this place my
home!”

Hamming has a CPA/CMA and is completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree with
Thompson Rivers University.

Inquiries:
Town of Oliver
250 485 6200

 


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News Release – GFOA Award to Town of Oliver

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For Immediate Release
May 11, 2021

GFOA Awarded to Town of Oliver Finance Department

The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Achievement was awarded to the
Oliver Finance Department at the May 10, 2021 Council meeting as the
designated staff responsible for preparing the financial report for 2019. The
Town of Oliver has received the award since 2012.

(Chicago) – The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting has been awarded to
Town of Oliver, British Columbia by Government Finance Officers Association
of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2019 annual financial report.
The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to
encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality
financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for
officials preparing these reports. Its attainment represents a significant
accomplishment by a government and its management.

The annual financial report has been judged by impartial Canadian Review
Committee members to meet the high standards of the program, including
demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” designed to clearly
communicate the municipality’s financial story and to motivate potential users
and user groups to read the report.

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in
government finance by providing best practices, professional development,
resources, and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the
communities they serve.

Inquiries:
Town of Oliver
250 485 6200

For more information, contact:
Michele Mark Levine, Director/TSC Phone: (312) 977-9700
Fax: (312) 977-4806
E-mail: Mlevine@gfoa.org


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News Release – Level 1 Water Restrictions

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For Immediate Release

April 29, 2021

Town of Oliver Water System Customers Only

Stage 1 Effective Immediately

Town of Oliver Water System Customers are currently in Stage 1 water restrictions that affects outdoor watering only. Properties that have water flowing through a water meter are using domestic groundwater for irrigating and must restrict their irrigating to three days a week using even and odd house numbering as a guideline.

Odd Numbered Houses Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

Even Numbered Houses Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

Residents are encouraged to adjust their residential underground irrigation systems to water lawns, trees and shrubs between Midnight and 7:00 a.m. on their watering day.

Properties that are using water from the Town’s irrigation system or pumping from the canal should consider reducing water use, this is voluntary at this time. Irrigation users still need to be aware of their total water usage and try to find ways to improve watering times and systems as the Town’s irrigation canal can still only produce 70% of full capacity due to the damaged siphon during the 2016 Gallagher Lake Rock Slide.

Background:

In 2017, the Town completed a Drought Management Plan that consists of methods to reduce the effects of drought conditions on all system users. One of the methods is to implement water restrictions in response to environmental factors which include both Okanagan Lake and groundwater well levels. For more information on watering tips and drought information please visit the following websites:

Town of Oliver www.oliver.ca

Okanagan Basin Water Board www.obwb.ca and www.makewaterwork.ca

Inquiries:

Town of Oliver

250 485 6213

Open Final:
News Release – 29 Apr 2021 – Level 1 Water Restrictions – PDF
News Release – 29 Apr 2021 – Level 1 Water Restrictions – HTML

 

 

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News Release – 2020 Spirit of Oliver Nominees

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For Immediate Release
April 21, 2021


16th Annual Spirit of Oliver Awards – 2020 Nominees


For the past 16 years Oliver has recognized individuals and groups with awards to applaud the outstanding volunteer contributions that they make to our community. The difficult decision was made to again postpone the annual award event to follow the Province wide restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as such the winners of the 2020 Spirit of Oliver awards will be announced at a later date.


The Spirit of Oliver Award Ceremony is normally held during Volunteer Week (April 18-24, 2021) in collaboration with Oliver Parks & Recreation. Although we are not able to gather to recognize all the nominees and make an announcement of the winners this week, we would instead like to recognize all the individuals and groups that have been nominated for a 2020 Spirit of Oliver Award for the outstanding contributions that they make to our community.


During these trying times it’s more important than ever to come together as a community and recognize individuals and groups that have been dedicated to making a difference in Oliver throughout 2020.


2020 Spirit of Oliver Nominees


Desert Valley Hospice Society
Emergency Support Services
Front Line Health Workers (McKinney Place, South Okanagan General Hospital, Sunnybank Retirement Centre)
Janet Shaw
Jolanda and Louis Balog
Kelan Harty
Okanagan Gleaners
Sally Franks
Sandra Hughes
Seventh Day Adventist Church
Vance Potter
Women of Oliver for Women


There are five categories for the Spirit of Oliver Awards: Individual Youth; Outstanding Community Group; Community Roots; Community Builder; and Individual Adult or Couple.


We would like to applaud all of the nominees for their contributions to our community, and also thank the individuals that took the time to nominate these individuals and groups for their efforts.


Inquiries:
Town of Oliver
250 485 6200


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