Armstrong backs Spall’s bid for road funds

The township wants to upgrade Pleasant Valley Road from the Armstrong boundary to Highway 97A.

The city is backing the township.

The City of Armstrong will send a letter of support to the Township of Spallumcheen which is submitting an application for funding from the New Building Canada fund for its major capital roads project.

The project is the upgrading of Pleasant Valley Road from the Armstrong boundary to Highway 97A.

“As this road is considered part of the major road network utilized by the communities, they are seeking a letter of support to accompany their application,” said Armstrong chief administrative officer Melinda Stickney.

Council unanimously agreed to support the letter.

Stickney said there is no competition for federal funding for capital projects between the two communities as the city’s interest in grant funds is directed to the federal gas tax strategic priorities fund to help with its sewer implementation plan.

Permit stats

Building permits were up in the city, down in the township in 2014.

The Regional District of North Okanagan released its December building inspection statistical report which showed two permits were issued in Armstrong in the month worth a total of $222,000. That was down by one permit from the same month a year ago, but up significantly from the $69,000 the three permits brought in.

In 2014, there were 38 permits worth almost $6 million issued, compare to 31 and $2.4 million in 2013.

In the township, five permits worth nearly S1.8 million were issued in December, compared to zero from the same month in 2013.

Permits in Spallumcheen were down in 2014 to 45 ($5.7 million) from 62 ($9.5 million) the year before.

Proclamations

Organizations with Armstrong ties will have their day in February.

Council proclaimed Feb. 20 and Kinsmen and Kinettes Day, with Feb. 15 to 21 proclaimed Kinsmen and Kinettes Week.

“These groups have been an important part of our community for many, many years,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

Kin Canada was founded in Hamilton on Feb. 20, 1920. This year marks the organization’s 95th anniversary.

Council also proclaimed Feb. 25 as Pink Shirt Day in the city, where all residents are encouraged to wear pink in a stance against bullying in schools and in the workplace.

 

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