Armstrong may join trails society

City staff will look into the best way to be part of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society

The City of Armstrong is all for new trails in the community.

The city unanimously agreed to have staff look into the best way to be part of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society (ASTS).

ASTS has requested that members of council and staff from both the city and Township of Spallumcheen join the society.

“They have formed a non-profit group and they’re looking for us to participate with them,” said Coun. Paul Britton following a presentation from the society’s Jill de la Salle and Sue van den Tillaart.

The society is working to increase trails around the Spallumcheen valley, and sees trails as an investment of public lands contributing to the community’s health and economic future by encouraging outdoor activities for all ages.

City administrator Melinda Stickney told council in a report that its official community plan “encourages supporting community partnerships related to parks, recreation and open spaces.”

Road closures

Council gave unanimous approval to anticipated road closures for both Wood Avenue and Okanagan Street for scheduled railway crossing upgrades.

A full-day road closure will be required at Wood Avenue to complete the crossing upgrade.

“CN has also advised they need to complete a necessary rail repair at the Okanagan Street crossing north of Wood Avenue,” said public works manager Tim Perepolkin. “This will require a closure of the crossing for one-to-two days.”

City staff will advise the community the dates of the closures once they are known. The Wood Avenue crossing upgrade is expected sometime in June.

Tree pruning

Mature trees along Otter Lake Road are healthy but losing branches more frequently and are requiring more maintenance.

The city requested proposals from two professional tree companies to assess and provide recommendations.

“Of the two proposals, only one included recommendations,” said Coun. Steve Drapala of the city’s public works committee.

Recommendations included planting new trees to evenly take place of the older ones, which the city has already started. There is room for about 20 new trees, and two new trees will be planted.

Other recommendations include trimming all dead growth every three years which promotes new growth and reduce the weight to reduce breakage on the longer limbs that are growing horizontally and extending over nearby properties.

“We have budgeted for and are proceeding with pruning the trees and reducing the weight as outlined in the detailed proposal,” said Drapala.

“The contractor is scheduled to complete this work in May, at a cost not to exceed $5,000 tax included.”