Council briefs

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Town to help fund new desk

Council approved spending $5,500 for a new circulation desk for the Oliver library.

The Okanagan Regional Library has requested $10,000 for the new furnishing, therefore, the Town will write a letter to Area D director Allan Patton to fund the remaining $4,500.

Councillor Linda Larson said it would be nice to know how many residents of Area C use the library.

Pam Medland, public services manager for the regional library, said the current desk in Oliver is more than 10 years old and needs replacing.

 

Manganese in well concerns council

The Town has applied for a special Okanagan Basin Water Board grant to remove manganese from one of its domestic wells.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $20,000.

Director of operations Shawn Goodsell said the Town currently has manganese problems in the Miller well on Miller Road. He noted manganese is a common water quality problem from an aesthetic perspective. Nuisance conditions associated with manganese include black sediments in the water and staining of plumbing fixtures.

Goodsell said staff are testing the well on a frequent basis as part of a pilot project.

 

Development permit approved

Council has approved a development permit for Burrowing Owl Vineyard Ltd. for the purpose of expanding the winery’s warehouse at 153 Spruce Ave.

The applicant is seeking to add a pre-engineered steel building to the existing structure in order to expand the warehouse and storage capacity.

The plan is to add approximately 808 square metres of gross floor area, and an additional eight on-site parking spaces.

 

Council approves amended budgets

The Town has approved the amended 2013 operating and capital budgets, which reflect a $2.97 (or 0.68 per cent) decrease in municipal taxes to the average homeowner.

Councillor Linda Larson said not only did the Town hold the line on taxes, it did so without dipping into reserves. She noted some communities take money out of their reserves in order to prevent a tax increase.

“We nit-picked every line down to the last $50 in order to do this,” Larson said.

 

Mayor meets with BC Corrections

Mayor Ron Hovanes met with three members of BC Corrections to talk about the new prison in Oliver.

They discussed the approval of a new secondary access road to the correctional centre and the requests for proposals in building the prison.

“From what they tell us, they’re spending a lot of money on this project and talking a lot about jobs . . . it’s all moving forward,” Hovanes said.

The mayor said the corrections officials have identified Oliver as an “absolute gem.”

 

Technology like Star Trek, says mayor

Mayor Ron Hovanes said the new communications technology (Vocera System) coming to South Okanagan General Hospital is like “Star Trek” fame.

He told council that staff will wear a device enabling them to contact doctors or specialists when working with patients.

“It’s a state-of-the-art phone technology that will allow nurses (and others) to do more hands-on (with patients).”

Hovanes said the technology will cost more than $200,000. He noted the ladies hospital auxiliary have committed $100,000 to the project.

 

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