Township ready to target speeders

Council unanimously agreed to a staff recommendation to join the cities of Armstrong and Enderby in purchasing a speed reader board

The Township of Spallumcheen will pay to help slow down speeders.

Council unanimously agreed to a staff recommendation to join the cities of Armstrong and Enderby in purchasing a speed reader board that will be shared by all three.

“I met with the community CAOs and we’re all of the meeting of the minds to share this board,” said Spallumcheen administrator Greg Betts. “It’s a portable board that counts traffic, displays speed and encourages drivers to slow down.”

The device will cost about $10,000, with Spallumcheen’s share being around $4,000. Armstrong and Enderby have yet to discuss the matter.

Should the cities pass a similar motion, the township would enter into a shared-use agreement.

Residents’ request granted

Residents along Powerhouse Road on the Meighan Creek water system will become part of Spallumcheen and Armstrong’s water strategy.

The residents have asked to be part of the plan that will focus on growth and development, and manage safe and reliable water to all neighbourhoods.

“The water strategy is to be inclusive of the entire community,” said Betts. “I recommend these residents be afforded the same opportunity and be considered in the process moving forward.”

In a letter to council, the residents explained how they have dealt with contaminated water, lack of a fire hydrant, complete water cut-off for periods of drought in 2003 and mudslides in 2012.

Deal for Stepping Stones

The Regional District of North Okanagan has reached a three-year water supply agreement with Stepping Stones.

The deal is slated to run Jan. 1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2016.

“There are some minor modifications of how they’re calculating water but nothing material has changed,” said Betts of the agreement.

However, before signing off on the deal, Spallumcheen staff will confirm its original schedule to make sure the service areas are the same as proposed by RDNO.

No dog park

Creating a new dog park isn’t going to happen in the City of Armstrong.

It’s also not going to happen in the Township of Spallumcheen.

City resident Elaine Turner wrote a letter requesting Armstrong create a dog park for owners to let their dogs off-leash in a safe environment.

The city said there’s already a spot on the IPE grounds for dogs to run free off-leash.

The township has said neither municipality is in a position to purchase land for a dog park.

“We will direct staff to inform the public, via press release, that off-leash dog walking is available at the fair grounds, contingent on dog owners continuing to clean up after their dogs,” said Mayor Janice Brown.


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