The City of Armstrong is ready to let it snow.
For the first time in about 20 years, the city will be removing sidewalk snow on its own, rather than contracting the service out, after buying a new snow removal tractor.
“It was getting harder and harder to find someone to do it with the proper equipment, and the last man we had doing it has retired,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.
The city will purchase a new tractor for $39,600 which was included in the 2015 budget deliberations.
All of Armstrong’s resources for winter season have been filled, waiting for the snow to start arriving.
“All the bulk sand, salt and de-icer have been delivered,” said Pieper. “We’ll be refilling those through the winter through a contract we have with the City of Vernon.”
City hall will close for the Christmas season at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4.
The second council meeting scheduled for December has been cancelled because the meeting, set for Dec. 28, falls during the holiday season.
Council also announced its 2016 meeting schedule.
Meetings will continue to be held twice a month on the second and fourth Monday of the month with the exception of July, August, September and December.
There will be one meeting in July (July 11) and August (Aug. 8) to accommodate summer holidays. The meeting set for Sept. 26 will be canceled as it coincides with the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Victoria.
And the second meeting in December lands on Boxing Day, Dec. 26.