News Release – Mayor’s Remembrance Day Message

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Mayor’s Remembrance Day Message

On November 11, we will gather to remember and pay our respects to the brave men and women of the armed forces who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Although we are not able to gather in person this year, I encourage all citizens to join us virtually as Oliver pays homage to those who died at its Cenotaph Memorial and the banners that hang on Main Street.

The ceremony will be live-streamed on the Legion’s website www.oliverlegion97.ca starting at 10:30 am. In addition, the Oliver and District Heritage Society has setup a virtual “Tree of Remembrance” on its website where people can attach their memories to a poppy.

We will remember and honour these brave men and women for their courage by wearing poppies as a symbol that we will not forget the sacrifices made for our freedom. 

On behalf of Town of Oliver Mayor and Council, today we remember why we must work for peace every day of the year.

Lest we forget.

Martin Johansen

Mayor, Town of Oliver

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News Release – 09 Nov 2020 – PDF
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News Release – Packinghouse Lane Improvements

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For Immediate Release

October 15, 2020

Packinghouse Lane Improvements – Public Feedback Wanted!

The Town of Oliver has retained TRUE Engineering to review and design the Packinghouse Lane corridor and connecting intersections on Airport Street and Similkameen Avenue. TRUE has provided recommendations to possible geometric improvements to improve safety for pedestrians and road users, improve traffic operations in the area, and accommodate future land development projects in the surrounding area of Airport Street.

Mayor and Council request feedback from the public on the proposed revisions as it will change traffic flow and access from Oliver Place Mall to Co-op Avenue and Airport Street. A new 46 unit affordable housing development (5931 Airport Street) is being funded through BC Housing and is a proposed first phase which will start in 2021. This development is also contributing funds towards the road improvements with the Town of Oliver covering the remaining costs.

The Town and its Engineering Consultants have developed design plans and prior to completing the final design, we want your feedback!

Visit https://oliver.ca/packinghouse-lane-improvements/ to review the design options and submit your thoughts via the form at the bottom of the page.

Town staff will collect all feedback until November 15, 2020 and present to Council at an upcoming meeting.

Inquiries:

Director of Operations

250-485-6213

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Winners Recognized for 2019 Spirit of Oliver Awards

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For Immediate Release

October 14, 2020

 

Winners Recognized for 2019 Spirit of Oliver Awards

 

For the past 15 years Oliver has recognized individuals and groups with awards to applaud the outstanding volunteer contributions to the community.  COVID-19 postponed the annual event that is typically celebrated during Volunteer Week (April 19-25, 2020) in collaboration with Oliver Parks & Recreation.

 

Mayor Johansen and a few members of Council presented the awards in small, socially distanced groups in Council Chambers October 13, 2020. Carol Sheridan was in attendance to represent Oliver Parks & Recreation Society.

 

“These individuals and organizations are committed to their communities and make positive impacts on their neighbor’s lives, said Mayor Johansen.  This is why the Town of Oliver, and Oliver Parks & Recreation, are proud to recognize the contributions of the winners and the many who were nominated”.

 

“Oliver Parks and Recreation applauds all the nominees and offers heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all of the winners of the 2019 Spirit of Oliver Awards.  It is wonderful to see Community Builder award winner Benita Baerg be recognized for her outstanding volunteer efforts that saw the Small Wheels Park project through to completion and resulted in a legacy for residents and visitors to enjoy for decades to come”.

 

We are proud to present the 2019 winners in the following categories:

 

Youth – the winner is Enola Mills

Outstanding Individual Adult (or Couple) – the winner is Mr. Chris Yerburgh

Community Group – the winner is Oliver Citizens Crime Watch

Community Builder (Oliver Parks & Recreation Award) – the winner is Benita Baerg

Community Roots – no nominations received for this category

 

Please refer to background information attached to the below PDF for a summary of the contributions of each individual and the nominees.

 

Inquiries:

 

Diane Vaykovich

Town of Oliver

250 485 6200

 

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News Release – Local Economic Development Strategy

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For Immediate Release

October 10, 2020

 

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Town of Oliver and Locals Working Together to GROW Oliver!

 

Over the last year the Town of Oliver has engaged business owners, residents, students, and other stakeholders to create a roadmap to improve the local economy in our Town.  All the effort and engagement paid off as the Town now has a completed Grow Oliver! Local Economic Development Strategy in place and priority actions are underway.

 

COVID-19 emerged as the final draft was being prepared in the spring.  In response, actions and priorities were updated within Grow Oliver to reflect the impacts of COVID-19 on Oliver’s economy, while ensuring support is in place for a post-pandemic recovery of local businesses and jobs.

 

“The Grow Oliver strategy is a tool to encourage shopping local in our community”, said Mayor Johansen.  “I encourage residents to get involved and participate, this is a great way to support independent businesses who are the backbone of our community’s economic stability, local businesses need our support more than ever”.

 

A Grow Oliver Committee is in place and it is a working group with representation from key businesses, planning groups and organizations with a passion for Oliver and an interest in community economic development. This includes representation from Oliver Tourism Association, Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association, and the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.

 

Currently the South Okanagan Chamber is being tasked with the Grow Oliver Coordinator position and is working on the top identified priorities which include a Shop Local campaign and creating a one stop resource for people, entrepreneurs and businesses looking to start up and grow their business in Oliver.

 

Greg Sol, President of the South Okanagan Chamber shared that “The Town’s plans mesh well with the priorities of our Chamber and we are thankful to be working together with the Committee and greater business community to deliver on the Grow Oliver economic development strategies.  Making business support and development a priority is vital right now for all of us”.

 

Growing a strong and vibrant community cannot be done alone.  Everyone is encouraged to get involved and participate.  Look for the Grow Oliver magnets, signage and BINGO cards and think local first.  Supporting local businesses and services is crucial in these times of COVID-19 economic recovery and Oliver’s long-term revitalization.  More information on the Town’s COVID-19 response and Local Economic Development Strategy can be found on the town website www.oliver.ca

 

Inquiries:

 

Randy Houle, Director of Development Services

250 485 6200.



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Roadwork on Park Drive

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Grizzly Curbing & Concrete Ltd. will be forming and pouring a new concrete bump out after the bridge and at the entrance to Parks & Rec off of Park Drive. This is for traffic calming and improving pedestrian safety.  

Traffic patterns will be impacted next week, October 5-9. This might include single lane traffic if deemed necessary by the contractor.

Town crews will be removing the curb and asphalt on Monday, October 5 and delineators will be erected to help guide traffic.


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Bulky Item Pickup

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Important Notice!

Bulky Item Pick-up is scheduled for Monday Oct 12, 2020. (Thanksgiving Day)


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News Release – 100th Anniversary of the Irrigation Canal

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The Ditch – 1919 – 2019

The Town of Oliver unveiled a commemorative bronze plaque to formally celebrate the centennial anniversary of the irrigation canal; often referred to as the Ditch. 

Mayor Johansen and Council members met at Fairview Park, across from the secondary school, to recognize 100 years of the irrigation canal delivering water to the semi-arid desert area transforming it into the viable agricultural growing oasis it is today.  An earlier unveiling was cancelled due to COVID-19 where past Alderman, Council members, Engineers, and long-term staff were invited. 

“It is an amazing piece of infrastructure”, stated Mayor Johanson, “the engineering involved, using the tools that were available years ago is unbelievable. The irrigation canal has provided a sustainable and reliable water source for 100 years, and with continued maintenance and major repairs scheduled to re-route the siphon at Gallagher Lake, the canal will serve the area for many years to come”.

Unveiling Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaLAkjxSpdE

Background:

1918 

  • In 1918 the Provincial Government purchased 22,000 acres of land in the south Okanagan and proceeded to develop an irrigation system designed to convert some 8,000 acres of desert land on each side of the Okanagan River into viable agriculture land.  This land was made available, at a reasonable cost, to the returning soldiers from World War 1.  This project was brought to life by BC Premier “Honest John Oliver” – hence the origin of the name of the Town of Oliver.

1919

  • The South Okanagan Lands project was born.  Surveying, mapping and construction was underway employing 100 to 150 men over the next seven years.  The canal had an overall length of 40 concrete lined kilometres, originally to be open earth.  By 1923, the canal reached Testalinda Creek.

1927

  • The canal was fully finished and able to bring water from the bluff to the US border a total of 37 kilometres.

1919 – 1964

  • The Province managed the canal during this period then turned the canal over to the Oliver and Osoyoos Fruit Growers that eventually became the South Okanagan Lands Irrigation District (SOLID) in 1972.

1990

  • The canal was turned over to local governments with Oliver assuming 60% of the assets and Osoyoos 40%. 

2020

  • Oliver provides 601 irrigation water services, irrigating 5,200 acres of farmland with 1,025 acres pumping their own water from the Town’s irrigation canal.  455 acres of non-farm land is also irrigated.

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250 485 6200


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News Release – Town of Oliver Doors Open to the Public

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July 14, 2020

 

Doors Re-Open at Town Hall

 

Town of Oliver doors closed to the public July 13th out of an abundance of caution for staff and the general public.  The results of a COVID-19 test result came back negative late yesterday.

 

Doors are now open to the public under reduced hours 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Access is being administered through a door buzzer and intercom system and is limited to two people at a time.  This will enable the Town to provide the best level of customer service in a responsible, socially distanced manner. 

 

The Harvest Hut will re-open next Monday, July 20th at 5:30 p.m.

 

Inquiries:

Cathy Cowan

Town of Oliver

250 485 6200


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