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Youth Mural & Graffitti Art Showcase - Wednesday, July 17th 11 AM at Keremeos Skate Park

Jul 8 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Village of Keremeos has approved the painting of the skate park by local community youth and organizers are currently on the lookout for artists and mentors to participate in this initiative.  Paint and supplies will be provided and the park will be sectioned off to accommodate different schedules with completion slated for before school starts in September.

 

An information session will be held at the Keremeos Skate Park (at the corner of 9th Street and Veterans Avenue) on Wednesday, July 17th at 11 AM for anyone interested in participating.  Additional information can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/events/1083511731854031/.

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PreparedBC Releases Wildfire Preparedness Guide

Jul 3 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Wildfires have always been a reality in British Columbia, but in the past few years, their impact on people, businesses and tourism has been increasing.

 

On the heels of two of the worst wildfire seasons in the province’s history, PreparedBC is releasing a new Wildfire Preparedness Guide.  The guide contains useful information that will help British Columbians better protect themselves and their homes, and understand what to do if a wildfire approaches their community.

 

To learn more and download a copy of the guide, please click on the link below.

 

PreparedBC Wildfire Preparedness Guide

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Keremeos & Area Opportunities Guide Now Available

Jul 3 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Over the past decades, our community has slowly evolved from our modest agricultural roots to become one of the fastest growing villages in our province. 

 

To celebrate our achievements and market our community within a broader audience, the Village has compiled the Keremeos & Area Opportunities Guide to provide those outside our region with in-depth information about what it’s like to live, work and play in our area.  The Guide is currently being featured through a social media campaign designed to promote our community within larger centres.

 

The Guide consists of high quality imagery of our area and is filled with direct links for readers to learn more about the many places and experiences to discover in our area.

 

To view the Keremeos & Area Opportunities Guide, please click on the link below and join in celebrating the growth of our community.

 

Keremeos & Area Opportunities Guide

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BC Wildlife Federation Wetland Conservation Workshop – July 17th & 18th 9 AM to 4:30 PM at Cawston Hall

Jun 24 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The BC Wildlife Federation will be hosting a two day workshop in Cawston to educate participants about wetland conservation.  This workshop is no charge and provides an opportunity to engage with individuals who are interested in wetland conservation in the region, to introduce people to wetland restoration design principles and help identify those who wish to further pursue stewardship opportunities.

 

To participate in this event, please register online by visiting https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=2305&EID=27022.

 

For additional information, please contact Program Coordinator, Alyssa Purse at Alyssa.purse@bcwf.bc.ca or (604) 889-9988 ext. 239.

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Keremeos Area Business Map Now Online

Jun 20 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Keremeos area’s new Interactive Business Map is up and running on the Village of Keremeos website and provides an opportunity for area businesses to showcase their operations to a broader audience online.  You can view the map by visiting http://www.keremeos.ca/Interactive-Business-Map.

 

The map features a variety of businesses and services within the Keremeos area and provides links to their websites and social media channels, giving users a more in-depth understanding about their operations and what they have to offer.   The Business Map will also be featured through an upcoming social media ad campaign designed to promote our community within larger centres.

 

If you are a local business owner and would like to be featured on the Interactive Business Map free of charge, please download and complete the enclosed Submission Form.  The Submission Form can also be found online at http://www.keremeos.ca/Interactive-Business-Map.

 

Interactive Business Map – Information Submission Form

 

You can submit your completed form by emailing a copy to coordinator@keremeos.ca, by faxing a copy to (250) 499-5477 or by mailing or dropping a copy off at the Village Office (702 4th Street, PO Box 160 Keremeos, BC V0X 1N0).  Please ensure you provide current contact information along with any photographs of your business you wish to be included within your submission.

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Open Burning Ban in Effect in Kamloops Fire Centre and Village of Keremeos

Jun 11 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Effective at noon on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, any open burns larger than a campfire as well as other activities and the use of certain equipment will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.

 

Anyone conducting Category 2 or Category 3 open burns must extinguish those fires by Noon on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

 

As the Village of Keremeos already prohibited open burning within municipal boundaries, this prohibition now applies to all public and private land located within Area ‘B’ (Cawston) and Area ‘G’ (Rural Keremeos) of the RDOS.

 

This prohibition will remain in effect until October 15, 2019, or until the public is otherwise notified.  A map of the affected areas is available online at:

http://ow.ly/Ah4h30oUb2Z

 

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are half-metre high by half-metre wide (or smaller), and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.  A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

 

Specifically, prohibited activities will include:

  • The burning of one or more open fires larger than one metre high by two metres wide;
  • Stubble or grass fires of any size;
  • The use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, tiki torches (and similar kinds of torches);
  • The use of burning barrels and burning cages of any size or description; and
  • The use of binary exploding targets (pre-packaged or homemade explosives, such as Tannerite, Thundershot, Gryphon, Firebird SS65, Sure Shot or similar products)

 

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.  If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

 

The Kamloops Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its continuing help in preventing wildfires.  To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

 

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to http://www.bcwildfire.ca

 

You can also follow the latest B.C. wildfire news:

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: http://news.gov.bc.ca/connect

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2018 Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey Now Available for Public Viewing

May 29 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The 2018 Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey is now available for public viewing and can be located by accessing the link below.

 

2018 Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey

 

Some of the major initiatives highlighted in this report are the upgrading of street and other community lighting to higher efficiency LED lighting, exploring the use of solar and wind powered generators for possible future implementation for Village owned buildings and continued upgrading to the Wastewater Treatment Plant to increase reliability and energy efficiency.

  

The Village wishes to thank all parties who support this Climate Action initiative.

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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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