Enderby provides mission funds

City council also considers speeding concerns and gives more authority to staff

Enderby is rallying behind an agency that helps the less fortunate.

The city will notify the Regional District of North Okanagan that it will financially contribute towards a $9,200 grant for Vernon’s Upper Room Mission.

“They do a lot of good work,” said Coun. Tundra Baird.

The Upper Room Mission wants the fee waived for a water main upgrade to its facility, which provides meals and programs to people in need.

Individual jurisdictions are being asked to provide funds because RDNO does not have the ability to provide grants.

If all jurisdictions participate, Enderby’s portion could be about $221.

Baird expects some Enderby residents may use the mission. “We don’t have the core social services Vernon has,” she said.

Traffic calming considered

A dangerous situation in Enderby could prompt action.

Cty staff has been directed to investigate the possibility of four-way stops at Sicamous and Stanley streets and Salmon Arm Drive and West Enderby Road.

“There are some areas with excessive speeding,” said Mayor Howie Cyr.

“I personally want to see it happen.”

Discussions about the traffic pattern changes will also be held with residents.

“Hopefully we will get a sense of how people feel about it,” said Cyr.

Approval process streamlined

It will be easier to get some jobs done at Enderby city hall.

Council has agreed to provide staff with certain powers when it comes to the community’s vitalization program.

“Staff will be empowered to make minor decisions on housekeeping items,” said Mayor Howie Cyr. “It will help speed the process up.”

As an example, staff will be able to approve street closures for special events.

“We are trying to eliminate some red tape and use some common sense,” said Coun. Greg McCune.