Criminal activities decrease in township

Quarterly results shows there were 292 total files in the township between July and September

Crime statistics are down in Spallumcheen.

Quarterly results released by the Vernon-North Okanagan detachment shows there were 292 total files in the township between July and September.

That’s down from 305 total files over the same time frame in 2013.

“That’s always good news,” said Mayor Janice Brown.

There were 12 motor vehicle accidents in the township in August, up from nine in August 2013.

Restorative funds

Spallumcheen council agreed to a request for funds from the Restorative Justice Society – North Okanagan.

Council directed staff to include the request amount of $1,468.08 in the township’s 2015 financial plan.

The restorative justice program, which aims at having the person who causes harm to another apologize in a face-to-face meeting with the person harmed, gets thumbs up from Coun. Todd York.

“We’ve used this program and if it can stop one person from staying on that loop (committing crime), it more than pays for itself in the blink of an eye,” said York.

“It’s a great program.”

The amount is the same requested of the City of Armstrong, which has also agreed to the funding.

Christmas hours

Spallumcheen is following the lead of the City of Armstrong and Regional District of North Okanagan in announcing its Christmas office hours.

Council were given two options by staff: the first is to close Dec. 24 and reopen Friday, Jan. 2, or close Dec. 25 and reopen Monday, Jan. 5.

“We’re recommending the first option, which is reopening Jan. 2 as we vote with our neighbour and the regional district provides our planning services,” said Cindy Graves, deputy corporate officer for the township.

“We’d like to give our staff a bit of a break and be consistent with the other jurisdictions.”

Council voted unanimously with the first option.

Snow plowing will be maintained by the public works department throughout the holiday closure.

Citizens will be able to report emergency situations over the closure by calling 250-546-3013.

Calls will be forwarded to the appropriate personnel through the township’s answering service.