Armstrong undergoes staff changes

Natalie Garbay will join the city after the Christmas break as deputy corporate officer

The City of Armstrong has filled two staff positions.

Natalie Garbay will join the city after the Christmas break as deputy corporate officer.

She’ll be replacing Melinda Stickney, who is preparing to move into the administrator’s role in 2014 with the pending retirement of Patti Ferguson.

Tim Perepolkin has accepted the full-time position of public works manager. He continues to fill the role three days a week until the Christmas break.

“Both Natalie and Tim bring a wealth of experience and talent to the team at city hall,” said Coun. Kelly Rowe, chairperson of the city’s finance and administration committee.

Crypt call

Above-ground crypts have been requested for the Armstrong Spallumcheen Cemetery.

Reporting on a joint council meeting with the Township of Spallumcheen, Armstrong Coun. Shirley Fowler said a request was made by Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services, who said they had some interest from client families about putting in above-ground crypts.

“Right now, we don’t have a policy in our facility at this time,” said Fowler in reference to above-ground crypts at the cemetery.

The joint council agreed to send a letter to the funeral company requesting more information.

Bethlehem signage

Council unanimously endorsed a request from the First Baptist Church to place signs heralding its upcoming annual Christmas event, Night In Bethlehem.

The signs will be placed at three locations: across from the RCMP/Shepherd’s Hardware, in front of the caboose on Smith Drive and at the north entrance of the city.

“I have personally attended Night In Bethlehem in the past, on several occasions, and it’s a great evening and great part of the Christmas season,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

Night In Bethlehem is the church’s interpretation of what Bethlehem might have looked like more than 2,000 years ago.

Since its inception, hundreds of people in the community and from out of town have gone through the doors at First Baptist Church to experience Night In Bethlehem.

This year’s productions are slated for Dec. 13, 14 and 15.