Armstrong work focus of meeting

Dunn Road, near Rosedale Grocery, will undergo a complete reconstruction similar to Colony Street in 2013.

A public meeting will be held in Armstrong to discuss the city’s major public works project for 2014.

Dunn Road, near Rosedale Grocery, will undergo a complete reconstruction similar to Colony Street in 2013.

“The public meeting for residents of Dunn Road and near that area will be held Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. here at city hall,” said Coun. John Trainor, chairperson of the city’s public works committee.

“Interested citizens can hear first-hand from project managers how the project is going to go.”

Added Mayor Chris Pieper: “We want residents to look at it and ask questions. This involves road, water, sewer and storm upgrades.”

Pieper said it’s anticipated the tender for the project will go out and January, and the city wants to get started “as soon as the snow is gone.”

“We want it done before June’s rains,” said Pieper.

The project is included in the city’s 2014 budget.

Snow plowing

Armstrong residents are reminded that parking on residential streets during snowfall is not permitted.

Parking is allowed only after snowplowing, sanding and de-icing activities are completed.

“First violations will be subject to a warning notice,” said Coun. John Trainor.

“Repeat violations may be subject to your vehicle being towed at your expense or a fine of $100.”

Residents are also reminded that pushing snow from your driveway onto the street is not allowed.

Street banners

With the current Armstrong centennial street banners set to come down in the spring, council is making plans for their replacement.

“We could purchase a stock banner design or, as was suggested, we should approach SPARC (Armstrong Spallumcheen Arts Council Society,” said Coun. Paul Britton, chairperson of the city’s community services committee.

“We can discuss with the art council and give them guidelines on design and colour, then have them come back to us with some recommendations.”

There are currently close to 100 banners that line the streets in Armstrong celebrating the city’s centennial in 2013. They are slated to come down in the spring.

Committee change

There’s only change among Armstrong council for 2014 committee appointments.

Kelly Rowe, currently chairperson of the city’s finance and administration committee, will become chair of the public works committee.

“Kelly came and requested the position as she wanted to get some experience there,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

John Trainor will move from chair of public works to head up finance and administration, a role he has held before. Paul Britton will remain chair of community services and Ryan Nitchie stays as head of planning and development.

Shirley Fowler remains the city’s representative with the Regional District of North Okanagan, and Sully O’Sullivan maintains his roles at parks and recreation (along with Rowe) and the Okanagan Regional Library Board.