Spallumcheen’s agricultural advisory committee has listed its top priorities.
The group came up with five main items they’d like to see supported by council.
“It’s a number of different items that have come about after discussion as the top items,” said Coun. Ed Hanoski, council’s appointee to the committee.
Topping the list is reviewing township maps to determine and develop recommendations to council for implementing farm signage throughout the municipality and within highway corridors.
“This is to educate drivers regarding the community’s farm industry and farm vehicle traffic within the area,” said Hanoski.
The other top priorities are reviewing, researching and discussing future bio-waste processing opportunites; researching costs and considering implementing a land-base farming registry database; creating an informative farming pamphlet for distribution to residents and potential residents and; reviewing the township’s obnoxious/noxious weed bylaw.
Council unanimously agreed to support the five priorities.
UBCM meetings beneficial
Six of seven council members attended the UBCM convention in Vancouver.
Councillors Todd York and Joe Van Tienhoven found meetings with provincial ministers beneficial for the township.
“They are an effective way of keeping our issues in the forefront of their minds and our relationship with them in tact,” said York.
Van Tienhoven said after meeting with provincial transportation minister Todd Stone, the ministry said it would put some funding toward the township’s transportation plan.
“The meetings with ministers are so crucial in getting some of the things we need taken care of,” said Van Tienhoven. “When we met with the minister of transportation, we said how much we appreciated their input into the plan, and when they realized how much money we’d spent on the plan, they offered to come to the table with some money towards it.”
Only Coun. Andrew Casson did not attend the UBCM meetings.
Food truck approved
The SS Spud Wagon will soon be docking near the Spallumcheen industrial park.
Council approved, with conditions, a request from Vanessa McClain, a resident of the Palisades manufactured home park, to operate as a mobile food vendor in the industrial park.
“This is a home occupation which consists of one food truck not stored at the applicant’s home address,” said Cindy Graves, the township’s deputy corporate officer, in a report to council. “The owner plans to operate within the North Okanagan once business licences have been approved within each community.
McClain has requested operating her spud wagon once a week for three hours, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Council agreed to the request for one year.