Cats not a concern for city

Problem cats in Enderby will have to be dealt with by property owners

Problem cats in Enderby will have to be dealt with by property owners.

The city has rejected a notion of creating a bylaw in regards to feral cats in the city.

“We had a couple of calls and one of our residents was very concerned (about problem cats) and wanted the city to take the lead and do something,” said Enderby Mayor Howie Cyr.

“There was no appetite to have a bylaw enacted. We simply don’t have the capacity to be chasing and catching cats.”

The city hopes homeowners that experience problem cats on their property will get a trap consisting of a cage and a door from the SPCA and humanely trap the animals, then take them to the SPCA.

“We’re encouraging residents to deal with it on their own,” said Cyr.

Public swim rates rising

It could soon cost a wee bit more for select groups for public swimming at the Enderby pool.

Council gave three readings to a bylaw that would see rates for parent and pre-school and kids under six increase slightly. There would also be a public swim hike for licensed not-for-profit pre-school or youth organizations equal to the school district rate.

“The bylaw is reflective of increasing costs of running things, like supplies and stuff,” said Cyr.

Parents and pre-school would pay $5 during public swimming while kids under six would pay $3.

A loonie swim could also change to a toonie swim.

Council approved the bylaw in conjunction with a recommendation made from the Enderby/Area F Joint Services Commission.

The commission suggests that kids five and under be charged $3 during public swimming, but council changed it to six and under.

Final reading of the bylaw must take place before it’s adopted.

Trail alliance in place

The city and the Shuswap Trail Alliance have ratified a three-year deal that will see Enderby pay the alliance $10,000 a year for the next three years.

The alliance fosters active healthy living with the development of community trails in and around Enderby.

“They do unbelievable work,” said Cyr. “It’s the  best bang for your dollar you’ll find.”

The city and the Enderby and District Services Commission have committed to support trail building, marketing, maintenance and planning, and so have teamed up with the alliance in that regard.

The Shuswap Trail Alliance has a similar deal with the City of Salmon Arm.

Raffle tickets available

The city, Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and Splatsin Youth have teamed up to help raise funds for youth programs in the area.

The trio are hosting a raffle that runs until the end of July. Winners will be drawn at Enderby City Hall.

Raffle prizes include a Twin Anchors houseboat vacation, a stay at the Okanagan Boys and Girl Clubs’ Camp Arrowflight in Spallumcheen, as well as golf passes from the Mabel Lake Golf Course.

Tickets are $5 each and are available at Marketplace IGA and Sutherland’s.