Township trail to get upgrade

Armstrong pitches in to spruce up Spallumcheen's Thomas Hayes Trail

With the City of Armstrong helping out, the Township of Spallumcheen will now look at upgrading a popular trail.

The Thomas Hayes Trail, located west of the Tolko mill site, is in need of upgrades after suffering damage over the winter.

The trail needs to be cleared and some dangerous trees need to be felled.

Volunteers can’t do the job as trucks can’t access the trail, so township public works manager Ed Forslund obtained a professional quote for the work.

The total was $3,000.

“There’s always money in our budget to do park improvements, but this quote was for more than we have,” said Spallumcheen administrator Greg Betts.

Chief financial officer Brian Freeman-Marsh confirmed there is $2,500 in the township’s 2013 budget for park upgrades and maintenance.

Spallumcheen public works manager Ed Forslund approached the City of Armstrong about cost sharing for the upgrades, as the trail benefits residents of both communities.

Armstrong agreed to pay 50 per cent of the bill up to $1,500.

How’s the quality?

One Spallumcheen councillor believes a quality of life survey being conducted by the Regional District of North Okanagan is important.

Christine Fraser said the survey is to help the regional district gauge what they think is the quality of life in the North Okanagan.

“Do people want more business, more trails, more retirement centres, and what are they happy with and not happy with,” said Fraser of the survey, which began online May 10 and wraps up at 4:30 p.m. on June 7.

“I think it’s important that as many people as possible fill out the survey.”

Residents who complete the 15-to-20 minute survey will be entered into a draw to win an iPod Nano or a $200 gift card, as well as a chance to win one of 10, $25 gift cards to the store of their choice.

The survey can be completed online at Paper copies are available at the regional district office, municipal offices and branches of the Okanagan Regional Library.

Winners will be announced June 30.


Vernon Morning Star