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A sweet start for Armstrong centennial

Chocoliro Finest Chocolate owner Peter Rotzetter (right) presents Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper with chocolates featuring the city’s centennial logo. Rotzetter is using the logo on his products to help promote Armstrong’s 100th birthday in 2013. - roger knox/morning star
Chocoliro Finest Chocolate owner Peter Rotzetter (right) presents Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper with chocolates featuring the city’s centennial logo. Rotzetter is using the logo on his products to help promote Armstrong’s 100th birthday in 2013.
— image credit: roger knox/morning star

Armstrong council received a sweet treat Monday.

Peter Rotzetter of Chocoliro Finest Chocolate unveiled his line of chocolate products emblazoned with the city’s centennial logo for 2013.

“I just wanted to say thanks for allowing us the chance to promote our products with the Armstrong logo,” said Rotzetter, handing out chocolate cappuccino goodies.

The products were launched Thursday.

“There will be different flavours available, and we’re also promoting Armstrong around B.C.,” said Rotzetter.

“It’s quite a neat idea,” added Mayor Chris Pieper.

“The logos show our heritage, and having them on the chocolate is very well done.”

Council also unanimously approved a request from Diana Raffan of Diana’s Monogramming to enter into an agreement to use the 100 year anniversary logo on its promotional items.

Building permits on rise

Armstrong and Spallumcheen are enjoying building booms.

There have been 40 building permits issued through to the end of October in Armstrong totalling slightly more than $5.7 million. That’s up from 34 permits over the first 10 months of 2011, which totalled $4.2 million.

“It’s definitely a swing in the right direction,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

In Spallumcheen, year-to-date permits are down only by three – 61 in 2012, 64 in 2011 – but the 61 permits have been worth $5.5 million, up from $4.6 million over the same time period a year ago.

Permit values for Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Lumby, Enderby and the electoral areas of the Regional District of North Okanagan are only $40,000 apart.

The 2012 values of 278 permits total $29,059, 512, which is up from 2011’s $29,018,786.50 for 337 permits.

Age-friendly committee to be struck

The terms of reference are set. Now an age friendly committee will be struck for the city.

Council gave unanimous approval to the age-friendly initiatvie committee terms of reference (though Councillors Kelly Rowe, Shirley Fowler and John Trainor were absent from the regular meeting).

“This allows us to make a committee and establish the support level staff will give to this committee,” said Coun. Ryan Nitchie.

Eight-to-10 individuals will serve on the volunteer committee which will include one council member. There will be two older individuals who have an active interest and awareness of concerns of Armstrong residents in their age group.

A minimum of three members will be involved with one of the eight age-friendly categories: outdoor spaces and building, transportation and housing, respect and inclusion of seniors, social participation, communication and information, civic volunteerism and employment, health and community support.

Terms will be for two years and a chair will be appointed by the members at the first meeting.

 

 

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