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Village establishes priorities
Lumby’s strategic plans may not garner front page headlines, but officials insist they are critical for the long-term sustainability of the community.
Council recently hammered out its priorities for 2013, including possibly replacing the public works building, which is aging and in poor condition.
“It’s on its last legs and not in the right location,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.
“We are going to get a design together before we cost the price out.”
Financing a new shop could either be handled through a borrowing referendum or possibly partnering with another agency that is in need of work space.
Another issue on the agenda is the salmon trail and the need to establish maintenance standards.
“There is some confusion among residents and members of council,” said Acton.
“Some think it’s supposed to be a well-groomed trail and others thought it would grow in with grass.”
While the trail is extremely popular with residents and tourists, it has proven financially challenging for the village.
“Last year, the amount to maintain it and keep up with vandalism was more than we expected. The cost was about $30,000,” said Acton.
With many in the community also demanding action to create jobs and stimulate growth, terms of reference for an economic development strategy will be created in the new year.
According to Acton, there is no point in forming a committee unless it has specific goals.
“We need action plans and strategic priorities,” he said.
One tourism-related matter expected to be addressed in 2013 is signs directing visitors to key amenities like Oval Park, the outdoor pool, the museum and the White Valley Community Centre.
“We have an amazing core with recreational activities and we need people to use it. We need to provide better directions,” said Acton.
“The signage in Lumby is not very good. Some people can’t even find the municipal office.”
There will be a new place for children to cool off this spring when White Valley Parks and Recreation unveils a spray park in Oval Park.
Acton believes amenities like that can help draw new residents to Lumby.
“Someone driving through Lumby will see the spray park and will say, ‘The community looks after families and I need to be here,’” he said.
An ongoing focus for members of village council will be enhancing health care for residents and ensuring there is a variety of housing for seniors.
A provincial grant is being sought for a study that would consider the best way to bring health care resources together under what’s known as a campus of care.
“There really could be economies of scale if everyone came together,” said Acton of meeting the public’s health care needs.
“How cool would it be to go to your doctor’s office and also be able to get an X-ray done?”