Armstrong earns age-friendly status

Armstrong has officially been recognized as an age-friendly community with a donation.

Armstrong has officially been recognized as an age-friendly community with a donation.

The provincial government awarded the city $1,000 along with a new sign.

“This recognition acknowledges your leadership in making changes to ensure British Columbians can age actively, live in security, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in society,” wrote minister of state Ralph Sultan, who recently visited Armstrong and toured the new Kindale Development Association’s Lydia Boss Centre.

Coun. Sully O’Sullivan accepted the cheque and sign on behalf of Armstrong’s age-friendly community.

“The money is being deferred to our committee and we’ll follow up on some items we propose to do,” said O’Sullivan.

The city will endeavour to find an appropriate spot for the sign to hang.

Trail work bee slated

Work on the Taylor Van Diest Memorial Trail in Armstrong is underway.

The trail, located on the west side of the railroad tracks between Rosedale Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road, is named in memory of the Armstrong teenager who was severely attacked Halloween night, 2011, and died Nov. 1 in Kelowna hospital from her injuries.

The public is invited to come and help April 21, with a work bee starting at 10 a.m.

“A fence is required by the railroad (who helped cooperate with the creation of the trail) and they’re hoping to have the fence done by April 21,” said Coun. Shirley Fowler. “Anybody with time and maybe a wheelbarrow and garden equipment can come down and give a hand.”

Paving for the trail has been donated by Okanagan Aggregates, and Nor-Val Equipment Rentals has donated prepping equipment for the project.

Company awarded project

A Kelowna company has been awarded the first part of road upgrading.

And they’ll have to prove themselves to be considered for the remainder.

Pyramid Excavation Corporation was the lowest bidder of five tenders received for upgrading Colony Street.

“We’re recommending that Pyramid be considered the successful tenderer for these projects and be awarded Colony Street Part A (upgrading) with a 12-consecutive week schedule,” wrote Armstrong public works manager Tim Perepolkin.

The project must be completed by July 31.

The awarding of Part B (Colony Avenue water and storm upgrade) and Part C (Heather Avenue water upgrade) will follow pending Pyramid’s performance on the first part, as well as council approval of budgets for Parts B and C.

Pyramid’s bid for the project was $902,265.58.

Council also voted unanimously to close Colony Street during the 12 weeks except to local and emergency traffic.