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Council Meetings April 2, 2024

Mar 28 2024
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The next meeting of Council will take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 6:00 PM, in Council Chambers, 702 4th Street, Keremeos.  To review a copy of the agenda package, click here.

 

A Committee of the Whole meeting will take place prior to the regular Council meeting at 4:30 PM, April 2, 2024, in Council Chambers.  To review a copy of the agenda, click here.  

 

The front entrance of the Municipal Office building will be temporarily closed.  Please use the side entrance at the south side of the building.  

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Highlights of March 18, 2024 Council Meeting

Mar 20 2024
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Highlights of the Council meeting held on Monday, March 18, 2024 can be reviewed here.

 

The next Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 6:00 pm, following the Committee of the Whole meeting at 4:30 pm.  All meetings are held in Council Chambers, 702 - 4 th Street, Keremeos.

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2024 Spring Newsletter

Mar 12 2024
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The first edition of 2024 Village of Keremeos Newsletter is now available.  Please click here to view.

 

Hard copies are also available at the Village Office, 702 4th Street, Keremeos.  

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Winter Newsletter

Dec 8 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The fourth edition of 2023 Village of Keremeos Newsletter is now available.  Please click here to view.

 

Hard copies are also available at the Village office, 702 4th St., Keremeos.

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Amendments to Council Procedures Bylaw

Nov 27 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Public Notice is hereby given pursuant to section 124 (3) of the Community Charter, that it is the intent of the Village of Keremeos Council to consider a proposed amendment to Council Procedure bylaw No. 793, 2011 at the December 18, 2023, regular Council Meeting, which will be held at 4:30 pm in Council Chambers at Village of Keremeos Municipal Hall, 702 – 4th Street, Keremeos, BC. In general terms, the proposed amendment is to modernize language around notice and the provisions of electronic voting, and to provide improved access for members of the public to ask questions regarding Council agenda items during meetings.

A copy of the report to Council and draft amendment bylaw may be viewed here.

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Fortis BC Energy Conservation Assistance Program

Oct 20 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Fortis BC is offering FREE home energy assessments and the installation of energy-saving products to residents of Keremeos for a limited time.  This program is administered by It's On Electric Company.

An energy coach will conduct an energy assessment of your home, install energy saving products for free, and provide you with advice and tips, saving you money and increasing the comfort of your home.

Visit www.fortisbc.com for more information, or contact the Outreach Coordinator, Alexa at 1-855-560-3227 or alexa@itsonelectric.com.

Click here for the Fortis BC Brochure.

Please note:  Fortis has waived the requirement to provide proof of income to participate in this program for all residents of Keremeos.  

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Radon Test Kit Challenge

Oct 12 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Village of Keremeos is participating in the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge and will have 100 free Radon Testing Kits to provide to registered participants in the upcoming weeks.

To receive your free kit, use the following link https://form.jotform.com/222925009408252 to register. After registering, you will receive an email with a link to an online Zoom information session (Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 7:00pm) regarding the 100 day testing period and how to use the testing kit.

Following the information session, registered participants will be notified when the Radon Test Kits are available for pickup.

For more information please click here.

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Category 2 open burning

Oct 6 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Kamloops Fire Centre has announced that, as a result of decreased temperatures, higher relative humidities, and good overnight recoveries, Category 2 Open Burning will be permitted throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre effective at 12 p.m. (noon) on Friday, October 6, 2023.

Category 3 open fires remain prohibited until noon on Oct. 13, 2023, or until the order is rescinded.

Keremeos residents are advised to check Keremeos Fire regulations and updated Kamloops Fire Centre prohibitions before any open burning.

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Autumn Newsletter

Sep 27 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The third edition of 2023 Village of Keremeos Newsletter is now available.  Please click here to view.

Hard copies are also available at the Village office, 702 4th Street, Keremeos.

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How to donate and volunteer to help evacuees

Aug 20 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Many good-hearted people are arriving at regional emergency reception centres trying to donate items and volunteer their time. Unfortunately, the reception centres don't have the capacity to accept items or organize volunteers, so the RDOS has put together a list of agencies that would be pleased to accept items and assistance.

Read the information release here.

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Provincial State of Emergency Declared

Aug 18 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

An important message from Mayor Jason Wiebe to Keremeos and area residents:

"Due to the ongoing challenges in our province, a provincial state of emergency has been declared by Premier Eby. Please keep aware of alerts and notices, and follow the recommendations regarding orders and travel restrictions to aid in emergency planning and crew safety."

The importance of residents restricting travel to only necessary trips is twofold. Firstly, many emergency vehicles and personnel are travelling to provide aid to areas in need and additional traffic slows their travel. Secondly, travel comes with risk of accidents. Accidents divert emergency responders from where they are urgently needed in fire zones.

Keremeos Mayor and Councillors thank you for your cooperation during this difficult time. For the full news release on the provincial state of emergency, click here.

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Information Update on Local Wildfires

Aug 16 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News
  • There are no current evacuation alerts or orders within the municipality of Keremeos. Should that change, the municipal office will contact you through all the channels you signed up for (email, phone, text).
  • If you are not signed up for our Resident Notification System yet, click here.
  • For information updates regarding current evacuation alerts and orders in RDOS areas, residents may wish to monitor local updates from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen website https://www.rdos.bc.ca/ “Hot Topics” section.
  • Support is available for evacuees from the wildfires at Victory Hall, 427-7th Avenue, Keremeos. If the reception centre is closed, please call 250-486-1890 for assistance.

Tips for staying safe and healthy:

  • This is also a good time to look for FireSmart risks around your property and take steps to protect your home from wildfire.
  • It is always a good idea to be prepared for an evacuation. Click here for tips on preparing for evacuation alerts or an evacuation.
  • For information to protect your health from exposure to wildfire smoke, click here.  
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STAGE TWO WATER RESTRICTIONS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Jul 28 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

In response to the Province moving the drought status for the Similkameen to LEVEL 4, the Board of Trustees of the Keremeos Irrigation District have implemented STAGE TWO WATER RESTRICTIONS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

In addition to Stage One, customers are permitted to water ONLY between the hours of 7 AM until 10 AM & 7 PM until 10 PM on their designated odd/even day.

Customers who have automatic underground systems are permitted to water ONLY between the hours of 12 AM until 6 AM on their designated odd/even day.

For further details on the Water Conservation Program, please go to the home page at https://keremeosirrigation.ca/

On behalf of the Keremeos Irrigation District

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Keremeos Transfer Station closed

Jul 19 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Due to an unforeseen operational issue, the Keremeos Transfer Station is closed until further notice.  

Customers are asked to avoid the site at this time to allow crews to conduct operations.

More information will be provided on www.rdos.bc.ca website as soon as the situation is resolved.

The RDOS thanks you for your patience.  

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Every Child Matters Crosswalk unveiling ceremony

Jul 17 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

At 9:00 am on Monday, July 17, 2023, the Keremeos Every Child Matters crosswalk will be unveiled between the Memorial Park playground and the Keremeos municipal hall. Keremeos Mayor and Council have been honoured to work with the Lower Similkameen Indian Band on this important reconciliation initiative.

To help convey the deep meaning of the event, the following list of terms and their meanings has been prepared by the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, and may be reviewed here.

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Property Tax Notices Issued

May 24 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Village of Keremeos 2023 property tax notices have now been mailed to property owners. If your notice has not been received by June 2, 2023, please call the Village Office at 250-499-2711.

There are several payment options for property taxes:

  1. If you are a Valley First customer, you may pay in person at the Valley First Credit Union at 704-7th Avenue, Keremeos.
  2. Valley First customers may also pay through their Valley First online bill payment application:
    1. When setting up the Village as a Vendor in the Valley First online account
      1. search first by “property tax” then select the Village of Keremeos.
      2. the property Roll Number is the required Valley First “account number”. The Roll Number can be found at the top, left of the property tax notice. The field for the Roll Number (account number) will be 8 digits long, and some Roll Numbers are less than 8 digits long. If this is the case, place zeros at the beginning of your Roll Number to make up the extra digits.
  3. Property tax payments may be dropped into the mail slot at the Village Office at 702-4th Street (available 24/7) and cheques may be post-dated.
  4. You may pay in person at the Village municipal office, 702-4th Street, Keremeos, 8:30-4:00 Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays.

The deadline for property tax payment without penalty is Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at 4 pm.

Please contact the Village Office if you have any questions about your property tax notice

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Road Repairs on April 27th & 28th

Apr 25 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Road repairs will be taking place in Keremeos this Thursday and Friday, April 27-28.  The work will be taking place at the following locations:

  • 6th Avenue from 3rd Street to 9th Street
  • 10th Avenue from 4th Street to 9th Street
  • 2nd Avenue from Keremeos Bypass Road to 9th Street (school)
  • Information Centre parking lot (off 7th Avenue at 4th Street)

Please contact the Village Office at 250-499-2711 if you have any questions about the work.

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Community Garden Walking Tours

Mar 29 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Inclusive Community Garden group is offering walking tours this weekend:

  • April 1, 2023 10:00 am
  • April 2, 2023 2:00 pm

Meet at the 7th Avenue Community Gardens sign under the tree (near 8th Street). The tours will end at the greenhouse on Veterans Avenue.

The tours will describe the garden’s history, current plans and future vision in Keremeos.

The group is also looking for volunteers to help with raised bed filling on April 15 and 16…ask about volunteering during the walking tour or contact Albert at betomex99@yahoo.com

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Temporary Administrative Clerk position available

Feb 2 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Village has a vacancy for a temporary clerk with administrative experience in a government office setting. This is a CUPE 608 position, with a 35-hour week at a 2023 rate of $27.10 per hour. The term of this temporary position is unknown at this time.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a resume to cao@keremeos.ca by 4:00 pm on February 17, 2023.

The advertisement and job description can be reviewed at this link

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Board of Variance volunteers needed

Jan 23 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Village is seeking individuals with a strong interest in the community, and some knowledge of planning and development, to sit on the Board of Variance for a term of three (3) years.

Established by Bylaw, the Board of Variance will review requests for variances to certain municipal development requirements for reasons of hardship.  Such issues may include siting, dimensions or size of a building or structure, the prohibition of a structural alteration (in the case of mobile homes outside of mobile home parks) and other development issues.

The Board of Variance will be provided with administrative support.  Members of the Board do not receive compensation for their services as members, but will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred that arise out of the performance of their duties.

Interested parties are encouraged to provide a letter and/or resume stating their knowledge, experience and why you wish to serve on the Board.  Submissions can be made in person at the Village office, by mail to 702 – 4th Street, PO Box 160, Keremeos BC V0X 1N0, by fax to 250-499-5477 or by email to coordinator@keremeos.ca.  Applications will be accepted until all three (3) positions are filled.

For more information please contact the Village Office at 250-499-2711.

 

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Council wants to hear from you!

Jan 20 2023
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

There are two upcoming opportunities for informal discussions with Mayor Wiebe and Councillors:

  • Keremeos business owners and staff are invited to a Business Roundtable on Monday, January 23, 2023, at 5:00 pm in Council Chambers, 702-4th Street, Keremeos. 
  • Residents who wish to join a discussion with the Mayor and Councillors about community issues are invited to a "Coffee with the Mayor" drop-in on Friday, January 27, 2023, 9:00-11:00 am in Council Chambers.

All subjects are welcome for discussion. 

For those who cannot attend a meeting with Council, please feel free to email your questions or comments to mayorandcouncil@keremeos.ca Council wants to hear from you!

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January 3, 2023 Council Meeting

Dec 23 2022
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The next Regular Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers, 702-4th Street, Keremeos.  Review the agenda package here.

Council meetings are open to the public...please join us!

 

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Coffee with the Mayor, Friday Dec. 16, 9-11

Dec 9 2022
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Keremeos Mayor, Jason Wiebe, is inviting residents to join him for an informal discussion about community issues at the municipal office (702-4th Street) on Friday, December 16, 2022, 9:00 to 11:00. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Other members of Council, as well as representatives from Keremeos' BC Emergency Health Services ambulance service will be dropping in to the coffee as well. All topics are open for discussion and everyone is welcome!

If you're unable to attend, the next Coffee with the Mayor will take place on Friday, January 27, 2022, 9:00-11:00 am.

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Friday, Nov 25 - chat over coffee with the Mayor

Nov 24 2022
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Keremeos' new mayor, Jason Wiebe, is looking forward to having an informal coffee and chat with residents and business owners at the municipal office (702-4th Street) on Friday, November 25, 2022, 9:00 to 11:00. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Other members of Council, as well as local Regional District Area Directors will be dropping in to the coffee as well. All topics are open for discussion and everyone is welcome!

If you're unable to attend, the next Coffee with the Mayor will take place on Friday, December 16, 2022, 9:00-11:00 am.

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Regular Council meeting and Council meet and greet

Nov 18 2022
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The next Regular meeting of Council will take place on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 4:30 pm in Council Chambers, 702-4th Street, Keremeos. Review the agenda package here.

The first Coffee with the Mayor session of this term will be held on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 9:00-11:00 am in Council Chambers. Mayor Wiebe will be joined by several Councillors and local RDOS Area Directors. Drop in for a coffee and to chat about any issues that are on your mind.

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How to contact Mayor and Councillors

Nov 8 2022
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Keremeos Mayor and Councillors have taken their Oaths of Office and commenced the 2022-2026 term! Your Council is made up of:

  • Mayor Jason Wiebe
  • Councillor Jeremy Evans
  • Councillor Arden Holley
  • Councillor Tracy Henderson, and
  • Councillor Garry Elliott

The Council wishes to continue hearing from residents and business owners with ideas and issues of concern. There are several ways to reach them:

  • By email, letter or phone
  • Attend a Coffee with the Mayor
  • Attend a Business Roundtable meeting
  • Attend a Council meeting. Questions and comments regarding the agenda will be heard before Council votes on agenda items.

For more information and schedules for all meetings, visit the Keremeos website page on how to contact the Mayor and Councillors