Dangerous roots get chopped

A tripping hazard attributed to tree roots will be taken care of.

Roots from two existing mature honey locust trees on Pleasant Valley Boulevard South have been lifting the sidewalk, causing an uneven walking surface which makes it a tripping hazard.

The trees, located at 2415 Pleasant Valley Boulevard and adjacent to the city parking lot, are situated directly under Hydro power lines and have been pruned quite frequently by Hydro for safety reasons.

“The beautification in this area was installed approximately 30 years ago,” said Tim Perepolkin, Armstrong’s public works manager.

“The plantings are now at the age where pruning is no longer viable and overgrowth is creating hazards.”

Council voted unanimous to approve the recommended work plan of removing both trees, complete with the removal and replacement of affected uneven sidewalk panels.

A smaller tree within a curbed island near the parking lot will stay, and the landscaping will be replaced with new drought-tolerant, low maintenance  landscape materials.

An automatic underground irrigation system in the island will be installed.

There are funds for the project in the city’s 2014 budget.

Turbidity down

Mother Nature has been helping the City of Armstrong‘s water state.

Public works manager Tim Perepolkin, in a written report to council, said water turbidity has been slowly decreasing.

“The last visit to the lakes revealed that there was minimal snow pack remaining with the spillway overflow decreasing significantly,” said Perepolkin.

Mayor Chris Pieper says an almost perfect spring has helped the water turbidity.

“We couldn’t have planned it better,” said Pieper.

“Not much rain and no 30-plus temperatures to rapidly melt the snow. It’s been great and we haven’t had to go to water restrictions.”

Invasive species

Armstrong wants the province‘s bigwigs to know they‘re concerned about mussel invasion in area lakes.

Coun. John Trainor made a motion that the city send a letter to Premier Christy Clark, the ministry of environment  and all Okanagan MLAs and MPs supporting the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s concerns regarding the need for action to prevent invasive zebra and quagga  mussels from entering B.C.

“We have lakes in this area that so many people use,” said Trainor.

“These species are hard to control and harder to permanently remove.”

A letter from the Village of Slocan said it supports the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans and the Ministry of Public Safety to allocate funds and enable, train, and equip Canadian border agents to inspect boats for invasive water species. It also calls to ban entry until decontamination has been achieved.

Trainor’s motion was unanimously supported.


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