Bikes stolen, gazebo goes up, funds secured

City of Armstrong keeps busy on a number of fronts

ked and chained up in Armstrong.

Third-quarter crime statistics released by the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP detachment, which encompasses Armstrong, show there were eight thefts under $5,000 in the month of August, and 11 overall in the quarter, which runs from July to September.

The majority of those thefts were high-end bicycles.

“It’s high-end bikes between $2,000 and $4,000 that are being stolen, parted out and sold on the market,” said Mayor Chris Pieper, following a meeting with RCMP officials.

There were 282 total files in the city during the quarter, including a high of 121 in August. That’s down from 318 total files in the same quarter in 2013.

Gazebo going up

A site inspection has been done, so Armstrong and Spallumcheen are progressing with erecting a gazebo in Memorial Park.

The best location for the gazebo was determined to be at the north side of the park.

“As further details are known, they will be brought forward and final approval of both councils for all aspects of the project will be required before construction can begin,” said city administrator Melinda Stickney in a report to council.

The township approved the location at their Oct. 20 meeting.

To be determined

A recent donation from Telus to the City of Armstrong will head to the parks and recreation reserve fund.

Telus donated $13,450 as part of its TV For Good campaign, where the funds were tied to the number of residents who signed up for the new Telus Optik service.

At the start of the campaign, council told Telus that any funds raised would go towards a Memorial Park improvement project, but no final decision as to how or where the money will be used has been made.

“Our committee talked about it but we’re not sure of the project we want it to go to, whether it’s Memorial or Huculak (park),” said Coun. Paul Britton, who chairs the city’s community services committee.

It was Britton who made the motion to put the Telus funds into the parks and rec reserve. His motion passed unanimously.

Deal in place

A new five-year deal has been reached between Armstrong, Spallumcheen and the Interior Provincial Exhibition.

The IPE is one of B.C.’s oldest and longest running fall fairs that brings thousands of people into the region each year.

The new agreement will expire Dec. 31, 2019.

It contains a provision that the three sides get together to consult and co-operate with each other in the creation and implementation of a three-year capital improvement plan.

The plan focuses on the repair and upgrading of the facilities used for the IPE.