A message from the Mayor

Mayor Martin Johansen – Town of Oliver

Under the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is the lead coordinating agency in the provincial government for all emergency management and business continuity activities.

EMBC is working with local governments, First Nations, federal departments, industry, non-government organizations and volunteers to provide provincial support and information in-order to ensure the province is best positioned to effectively respond to COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Town of Oliver would like to thank Emergency Management BC for the funding provided to the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre for the following activities in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 Porta Potties (for domestic farm workers and vulnerable population). Funding is for 2 months (Starting May 1 – June 30). Porta potties with hand washing stations will be installed at the Town owned lot on Main Street, Visitor Information Centre and empty lot on Station Street (adjacent to the Food Bank).

 Bilingual Signage will be installed in parks, ballfields, beaches, hike & bike etc. that speaks to social distancing and where to call if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

 Bylaw Enforcement (park ambassadors) hired for the month of May (7 days a week, 7 hour shifts) to patrol parks providing education on social distancing, not to gather in groups and disinfecting surfaces.

In addition and in preparation for activities related to spring freshet, sandbags have been delivered to the Public Works Yard , Firehall and the Fairview Mountain Golf Course.

Public Works are monitoring creeks daily (Wolf Club Creek, Tin Horn, Hester and Testalinden) and are ready to respond as necessary. Currently Okanagan Lake has hit the targeted low pool and is now increasing about 1 cm per day. There are no concerns for Skaha Lake, Vaseaux Lake or Osoyoos Lake at this time.

Note to Town of Oliver staff

Wolf Cub Creek
Testalinda Creek
are the names most familiar to local residents

Not Wolf Club Creek, or Testalinden Creek

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2 Responses to A message from the Mayor

  1. Pat Hampson says:

    I recall there is an ‘off-leash time assigned in Centennial Park and there is an off-leash fenced area in Lions Park. As the publisher noted, dogs sniff as a method of determining sex. If your dog snaps that is a message to the other dog to stop.

  2. Jo Anne Mitchell says:

    These initiatives are all excellent and appreciated. Could the by-law officers also watch for people walking their dogs off leash in the park and remind these folks using a leash is mandatory? There are many people letting their dogs run free in our parks these past weeks. The leash by-law applies to all dogs, big or small and includes the cute little fluffy doggies. My dog does not appreciate them running up to her and sniffing her. I worry she will snap at them so I am forced to pull her off the path even tho they are the ones letting their dogs run free. My dog is never off leash in the park or or on trails. Thank you.

    Publisher: I hear you. But your dog loves to get sniffed – it is normal dog behavior. Dogs even like to smell humans in the most sensitive areas….. Have you not noticed this…..??

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