Club seeks to improve safety

The Armstrong Curling Club is hoping to continue improvements to its facility.

The Armstrong Curling Club is hoping to continue improvements to its facility.

After extensive renovations inside, the club is now addressing a safety concern outside.

“A serious and dangerous problem area remains, a dark, dismal, frightening parking lot,” wrote club president David Southern in a letter to Armstrong council.

“The entire area north and west of the entry is unlit. Security, safety and navigation of mud holes in the dark are intimidating scenarios.”

The club has requested the City of Armstrong’s assistance towards improving safety.

However, because the club’s letter did not specify what kind of assistance they’re seeking, their matter has been deferred to the Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission.

The club spent $62,000 improving its entry, lobby and washrooms. It added a handicap washroom, provided handicap access to the building and ice and corrected several dangerous structureal and mechanical faults.

Nitchie named to boards

Coun. Ryan Nitchie has been named a director with two boards.

He will sit as a director on the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) and the Municipal Insurance Association of B.C.

“I’m very excited,” said Nitchie, who sat on the SILGA board before for nearly three years. “I’ve never been on the MIA board and I do have a background in insurance, so I’m excited to be part of that board.”

Armstrong will host the montly SILGA meeting Jan. 11.

Lighting up Armstrong

One councillor wants more downtown Christmas lights.

Coun. Paul Britton noted that there were more Christmas lights in the downtown core this year than in previous years, and that a huge crowd turned up for the annual Christmas light up festival.

“With our 100th anniversary coming up (in 2013), we should make it spectacular,” said Britton.

Council passed a resolution to have staff investory the number of trees and the costs involved to light up the entire town.

Interest topped up

The city will top up the interest earned in the Oke Swenson bequeathal to the city.

The interest earned in 2011 was $66.06, and the city voted unanimously to top that up to $100, and donate it to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club under the local food bank program.

The city was bequeathed $5,200 from Swenson’s last will and testament with the requirement that the city spend the annual interest on the trust to the less fortunate of the community prior to Christmas.