Armstrong building starts slow

There was just one building permit was issued in the city, totalling $48,500.

Armstrong is off to one of its worst building starts in recent memory.

Regional District of North Okanagan’s building inspections statistical report for March showed just one building permit was issued in the city, totalling $48,500.

To date in Armstrong there have been five building permits issued totalling $145,350. At the same time last year, the number of permits issued totalled $847,590.

“It’s a slow start regionally and in Armstrong,” said Mayor Chris Pieper. “Here’s hoping spring fever starts getting the values to go up.”

Technology allowance

If council wants, they can now claim a yearly technology allowance after passing a proposed policy on the matter.

The policy would allow councillors if they so choose to accept $300 yearly to partially offset expenses incurred for Internet services, cell phone and e-mail.

“It is recognized that the use of cell phones, e-mail and the Internet are commonplace for members of council to fulfill the requirements of their office,” wrote city chief financial officer Terry Martens. “It is also recognized that e-mail and cell phones provide a valuable method of communication between members of council and city staff.”

Council unanimously supported the policy.

The city does not pay directly for cell phone, e-mail and Internet charges on behalf of council members.

More centennial grants

The city’s centennial committee has received a $25,000 provincial grant from the Creative Communities’ significant anniversary fund.

“The committee is aware of this and are already figuring out ways to spend the money,” said Coun. John Trainor.

Council also granted unanimous support to Sapori Oils and Vinegars to use the city’s centennial logo on some of its selected products.