Armstrong eager to plant

Council unanimously approved a staff recommendation to apply for grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000

A grant opportunity to buy trees and plant material can spruce up the City of Armstrong.

Council unanimously approved a staff recommendation to apply for grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 from the B.C. Hydro and Tree Canada Re-Greening Program to purchase tree and plant materials for projects.

“There are numerous areas within the city that would allow for tree planting projects that meet the program objectives,” said city public works manager Tim Perepolkin.

Such areas include an unimproved road allowance at Pleasant Valley Road and Heal Court; existing trails adjacent Meighan and Deep Creeks; parks/tot lots; and replacing existing trees under Hydro power lines.

Speaking of trees…

The city will become a tree. Tree sponsor.

Council unanimously agreed to a request from the Armstrong Spallumcheen Environmental Trust (ASET) to spend $100 and be a ‘Tree’ sponsor for the annual Green Day Festival April 18 at the Askew’s Foods parking lot.

“We’d rather be a tree than a seedling or a sapling,” chuckled Coun. Shirley Fowler, referring to ASET’s request of $50 ‘Seedling’ sponsorship, or $75 to be a ‘Sapling” sponsor.

ASET raises funds for supporting environmental education, and will provide at least one bursary of $1,000 for a 2015 graduating student of Pleasant Valley Secondary School in Armstrong.

Helping out a neighbour

The City of Vernon has acknowledged Armstrong’s desire to help host B.C. Seniors Games events if Vernon applied to host the Games.

In February, Armstrong sent a letter to its southerly neighbour stating a desire to host some B.C. Seniors Games events if Vernon applied to be the main host.

“The City of Vernon is currently in the process of putting a bid package together through (the city’s) recreation services,” said City of Vernon corporate officer Patti Bridal in a letter to Armstrong council.

Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper has said his city could host events like ice hockey, floor curling, equestrian and/or cycling.

Vernon will apply to host the B.C. Seniors Games in either 2017, 2018 or 2019.

 

Vernon hosted the first B.C. Seniors Games in 1988, drawing 650 athletes. The 2014 Games in Langley drew 4,000 athletes.