City prepares for spring

Earth Day has been chosen for Armstrong’s annual community clean-up.

Earth Day has been chosen for Armstrong’s annual community clean-up.

Every year, the city organizes a community clean-up week with staff providing groups with garbage bags and gloves to pick up garbage. The public works crews then collect the full garbage bags and take them to the landfill.

Staff has contacted the elementary schools, the Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society and other associations that have participated in recent years, and the groups have chosen Earth Day, April 22, to clean up the community.

“Various routes and areas will be outlined as the places these groups wish to tidy,” said Coun. Ron (Sully) O’Sullivan, the city’s public works committee chairperson.

“Public works will pick up bags on that day by 3 p.m. or the next morning if the groups have not finished by then.”

Deputy corporate officer Natalie Garbay said the trails society, Girl Guides and Highland Park and Armstrong elementary schools have indicated they wish to participate, which is about 550 people.

Additional inquiries have also been received but not confirmed.

Road closure request

Council has agreed to a portion of a request from the Armstrong Spallumcheen Arts Council Society, which wants to close Pleasant Valley Boulevard from Mill Street to Okanagan Street from 4 to 8 p.m. June 6 during the Taste of Art in Armstrong event.

The food and art festival is a fundraiser for SPARC and its event partner, the Armstrong Food Initiative Society.

“The request is to close that portion of the road on both sides of the train tracks to provide ample tents, art and food,” wrote Darcie Hodge, SPARC director.

“The request is for the duration of the festival plus one hour before and after for setup and cleanup.”

City council has agreed to close the north side of the road for the festival, but with a major capital project looming that will incorporate Pleasant Valley Boulevard at Okanagan Street, council wants to wait and see where the work will be come festival time.

The capital project is expected to be completed at the end of June. Council hopes to have an answer for SPARC on closing the south side of the boulevard by the end of April.