Armstrong urges Vernon to bid on Games

Armstrong will send a letter to Vernon, stating it would gladly host some events during the B.C. Seniors Games.

If the City of Vernon has intentions of hosting the B.C. Seniors Games in the near future, it would receive help from a neighbour.

The City of Armstrong will send a letter to Vernon, stating it would gladly host some events during the Games.

Communities have received information packages as the B.C. Games organization looks for host cities for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

“We couldn’t, in any way, shape or form, host it on our own but we could help Vernon if they were to bid,” said Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper.

Vernon hosted the first B.C. Seniors Games in 1988.

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

The Games are generally held either the last week of August or second week of September. The latter works better for Armstrong.

“I don’t think we could do it the last week of August with the IPE underway,” chuckled Pieper.

Equipment

open house

The city’s age-friendly community committee, along with Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation, will host an open house and ribbon cutting for the new Memorial Park outdoor exercise equipment.

The open house will take place April 11, with ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. followed by demonstrations.

Following that, there will be three separate workshops with volunteer mentors present to answer questions, distribute brochures and demonstrate the equipment.

“You can pick up a brochure about the equipment anytime, at the Nor-Val Centre parks and rec office, the chamber (of commerce) office at the Armstrong Seniors Centre,” said Coun. Ron (Sully) O’Sullivan, the city’s rep on the age-friendly committee.

The workshops will take place over three consecutive Thursdays in April – April 16, 23 and 30 – and all starting at 2 p.m.

Heritage help

available

If your want to look up some family history in Armstrong, the local museum is offering a free opportunity.

As part of Heritage Week, the museum will open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and residents can check out their ancestry.

Master sewer plan funds

Council has directed city staff to apply for any applicable grant funding to help with its master sewer plan.

The plan, completed in 2014, was approved by council to move forward with an implementation plan that would begin the transition of aging infrastructure to the Thomas Hays site, and allowing potential reclamation of some land at the Adair Site.

“Moving forward will require specialized engineering services specific to various phases and components of the overall work priorities,” wrote city public works manager Tim Perepolkin in a report.

The overall project budget implications would be reviewed and provided to council later on.

Right now, staff can start the work on applying for funds for up to 100 per cent of eligible costs, which council unanimously supported.