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The 2019 Intake period for the Business Façade Improvement Program is now open! Applications will be accepted until the end of business June 14, 2019. For more information, please click on the link below.

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Landfill Charges Changing May 1st, 2019

Apr 16 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

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 Campbell Mountain (Penticton), Oliver and Okanagan Falls Landfills and Keremeos Transfer Station will begin May 1st, 2019.

 

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 landfill.

 

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.  To receive this rate, complete and submit the required documentation prior to hauling.  See www.rdos.bc.ca/demo.

 

For more information on landfill fees, contact the RDOS Public Works Department at 250-490-4129, info@rdos.bc.ca or visit www.rdos.bc.ca

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Warmer Weather Prompts Outdoor Burning Precautions

Apr 1 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Given the recent mild and dry weather conditions in the Northwest Fire Centre, the BC Wildfire Service encourages members of the public and industry personnel to exercise caution when doing any outdoor burning.

To help reduce the number of preventable wildfires, people wanting to light an open fire must watch for changing weather conditions and follow all burning regulations. They should also take the following precautions:

  • Ensure that enough resources are on hand to control the fire and prevent it escaping.
  • Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.
  • Create an appropriately sized fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material, right down to the mineral soil.
  • Consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter of the main fire site before lighting the main fire. This will create a fuel break and help prevent the fire spreading beyond its intended size.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

Anyone planning to do large-scale industrial burning or conduct a grass burn larger than 0.2 hectares (Category 3 fires) must obtain a burn registration number at no charge ahead of time by calling 1 888 797-1717. Burn registration numbers are entered in the Open Fire Tracking System, which allows the BC Wildfire Service to track open burning activity throughout B.C.

Anyone conducting an open burn must check local venting conditions before lighting any fire. If the venting conditions in the area are rated “poor” or “fair,” Category 2 or Category 3 open burning is restricted. The venting index can be obtained by calling 1 888 281-2992 and is available online: www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/venting.html

Anyone conducting an open burn must comply with the Wildfire Act and air quality control legislation. If an open burn escapes and causes a wildfire, the person responsible may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs. It is the responsibility of that individual to ensure burning is done in a safe manner and in accordance with regulations and any current burning restrictions.

The Northwest Fire Centre urges the public to report smoke rising within the perimeter of any of the 2018 wildfire sites. An overwintering fire, sometimes called a holdover fire, can occur when a wildfire that burned deep underground last year has continued to smoulder all winter. Most overwintering fires will occur well within the original fire’s perimeter.

Follow the latest wildfire news:

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

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A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

For more information about safe open burning practices, check the BC Wildfire Service website:
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions

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Steps to Better Health Walking Group – Every Tuesday at 9 AM Starting at Victory Hall

Mar 18 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

We are pleased to announce that this year's Steps to Better Health walking program is now active. Selena Despres, the walk organizer, will be in front of the Keremeos Senior Centre entrance at 8:45 am and the walk should start at 9am and last about 25 minutes. Do not hesitate to join us as this is designed as an inclusive walk, not a race! It will be followed by a "meet and greet" with some refreshments, up at Victory Hall. I hope you can join us. 

 

If you do not wish to participate in the walk, you are still welcome to join us on Tuesdays, for a social activity. These will take place at or near Victory Hall, at 9:30am. 

 

For additional information and to pick up registration packages, go to Similkameen Pharmacy, 633-7th Avenue, Keremeos.

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Changes to Schedule at Penticton Airport

Mar 15 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Air Canada Express recently announced changes to their service at Penticton airport beginning May 1, 2019, including:

 

  • The aircraft will be changed to the larger Q400 which has improved reliability during periods of inclement weather, particularly during the winter months 
  • Penticton airport will have three daily flights with Air Canada in the larger Q400 aircraft
  • The 6 am departure from Penticton, and the 10:50 pm arrival from Vancouver will be removed from the schedule

 

Travellers for work, business or pleasure can share their views on the flight service available at the Penticton Airport in a survey now on www.shapeyourcitypenticton.ca.

 

The City of Penticton and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen want to better understand the flight needs in the area in light of recent changes to the Vancouver service provided by Air Canada Express. The survey is open to anyone who travels through the Penticton Airport.  Surveys will be accepted until April 6, 2019.

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Emergency Operations Centre Update: Emergency Support Services Recruitment Video & Preparedness Information

Mar 11 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Emergency Support Services (ESS)

British Columbians forced from their homes by fire, floods, landslides or other emergencies may receive Emergency Support Services (ESS) for up to 72 hours or longer. Most communities have an ESS team that works with the local emergency program during a crisis. The ESS program relies on trained volunteers to meet the needs of people impacted by an emergency.

 

Volunteering as an ESS responder is an opportunity to help others during a time of crisis. ESS volunteers are trained by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and receive WorkSafeBC and liability insurance coverage through Emergency Management BC (EMBC). Training is provided free of charge. Volunteers must undergo a criminal record check. 

 

For more information about ESS, please watch this short video: https://youtu.be/fgzQmQiTCUk

 

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) ESS: 250-486-1890  http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/emergency-support-services-ess/

 

Are You Prepared?

Coping with the stress of being out of your home during an Evacuation Order is easier, if you have a plan.

  • Understand the risks in advance, prepare and practice your family and business emergency plan
  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit for your family and vehicle
  • Sign up for Keremeos' Resident Notification System and receive notification messages and information updates: http://www.keremeos.ca/notification-signup

 

“Property Owners are responsible for protecting their property.” 

In British Columbia, property owners are responsible for taking the necessary steps on their property to protect their home and property from flooding, while government emergency programs focus on broader flood response measures. The RDOS will provide sand and sandbags for property owners as needed, in addition to information about sandbag placement. During a flooding emergency, Emergency Management BC (EMBC) may assist with funding for response works such as tiger dams, sand and sandbags, and other emergency resources.

 

“Groundwater levels are currently higher than normal due to wet conditions experienced in 2017 and 2018, creating an increased potential for flooding during freshet in 2019.” 

Ecora – Professional Engineers and Environmental Consulting / Dobson Engineering Ltd.

 

Is Your Property Prone to Flooding?

Due to high groundwater throughout the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), there is a high probability of flooding from freshet - in areas that are prone to flooding. In some areas, there remains an imminent risk of flooding from rainfall events. Property owners living in areas that flood need to be prepared. Flooding on private property will typically occur as a result of high stream flow, pooling or slow rising water from a body of water. 

 

For more information about sandbagging, please watch this short video: https://youtu.be/thZwVWyXjMQ

 

Important Notes

  • Public sand and sandbag locations will be listed on the RDOS website: www.rdos.bc.ca.  In the Keremeos area, the sandbag location will be at the Keremeos Irrigation District pump house west of Highway 3A just north of Similkameen Elementary Secondary School.
  • The RDOS does not deliver sand or sandbags to private residences or businesses
  • If you require assistance with sandbagging, please connect with your friends, family or volunteers
  • Filled sandbags are not available from the RDOS

 

For further information, please contact the RDOS EOC: 250-490-4225

Visit our website: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/active-eoc-information/

 

Building Climate Resilience in the Okanagan – A Homeowners’ Resource Guide

http://www.rdosmaps.bc.ca/min_bylaws/PublicWorks/Building_Resilience_Guidebook/SOREBRDOS.pdf

 

Important Emergency Terms

Being familiar with these terms will help remove the stress of coping with an emergency.

 

Evacuation Alert – Be Ready and Standby

Upon notification of an ALERT, you should locate all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting site outside the evacuation area, in case an Evacuation Order is issued. Gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers, cell phone charger, immediate care needs for dependents, and keepsakes. Have these items ready for quick departure.

 

Prepare to move any disabled persons and/or children. Arrange to transport your household members or co-workers in the event an Evacuation Order is issued. Prepare to move pets and livestock to a safe area. Monitor news sources and the Village and RDOS websites and social media for information.

 

Evacuation Order – Get Out

Upon notification of an ORDER, you must leave the area immediately. Close and lock all windows and doors. Shut off electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers. Do not lock gates. Gather your family and take a neighbour or someone who needs help. Take critical items if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash. Do not use more vehicles than necessary, to help reduce congestion. Do not use the telephone unless you need help.

 

Evacuation Rescind (Safe to Return)

It is safe for evacuees to return home. Residents may remain on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave on short notice, if the incident changes.

 

Grab-and-Go Bag

Don't count on being home when there's an emergency. In addition to an emergency kit at home, create grab-and-go bags for your work and vehicles. You should include important documents, first aid kit and medications.

 

For more information visit the RDOS website www.rdos.bc.ca

Issued by RDOS Director of Emergency Operations

RDOS EOC 250-490-4225

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Keremeos Business Façade Improvement Program Now Accepting Applications

Mar 1 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The intake period for the 2019 Business Façade Improvement Program is now open.  Qualifying property or business owners can apply for grant funding up to $2000 to improve the façade of their commercial/retail buildings.

 

Applications will be accepted until June 14th, 2019 and approved projects much be completed by November 30th, 2019.  All invoices for completed work must be submitted for reimbursement by December 13th, 2019 and funding cannot carry over from one calendar year to the next.

 

For further information about this program and to download an application form, please visit our website at http://www.keremeos.ca/business-facade-improvement-program.

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Summer Hours at Keremeos Landfill Start March 1st / 2019 Compost Bins Now for Sale

Mar 1 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Summer Landfill Hours

 

The Keremeos Landfill starts extended hours as of March 1st.

 

The Keremeos Landfill, will be open on Wednesdays from March until the end of November.  During these months the Transfer Station will be open Wednesday from Noon to 4 pm in addition to regular hours on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

 

Residents with questions can contact the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Solid Waste Group at (250) 490-4129, toll free 1-877-610-3737, info@rdos.bc.ca or visit www.rdos.bc.ca.

 

2019 Compost Bins Now For Sale

 

Residents across the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) can pre-purchase wholesale compost bins from March 1st until March 25th only at participating locations. Collection of all pre-purchased bins will start Earth Day which falls on April 22nd.

 

The FreeGarden Earth Compost Bin™ is available for $49 plus taxes. A curved black container, the compost bin helps break down garden waste, leaves, uncooked fruits and vegetables. It is a great system for creating rich compost for home gardens.

 

In Keremeos, the Home Building Centre will be pre-selling compost bins. The pre-sale ends on March 25th and residents can collect purchased units on April 22nd.

 

For further information, please contact Cameron Baughen, Solid Waste Management Coordinator, at 250-490-4129 or cbaughen@rdos.bc.ca.

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