Farming focus of group

Spallumcheen residents with an interest in agriculture are being asked to consider sitting on a local committee.

Township of Spallumcheen residents with an interest in agriculture are being asked to consider sitting on a local committee.

The township’s agricultural advisory committee has wrapped up its term, and council has unanimously confirmed its support for the current mandate of the committee.

“We are going to be looking for members to join the committee through advertisements in the local papers,” said Mayor Janice Brown.

The committee is made up of six agricultural representatives from diverse sectors of farming (beef, dairy, chicken, pig, food crops) and two members from the public at large.

Ed Hanoski has been appointed as council’s representative to the committee.

Former members are welcome to apply again.

One of the last duties of the previous committee was to wrap up the area’s agricultural plan, which has been forwarded to Spallumcheen council for consideration.

Machine counts

If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

Spallumcheen council will continue to support its existing bylaw and use an automated vote counting system during elections.

A member of the public had asked council prior to the Nov. 15 municipal vote to consider returning to hand-counting the ballots as automated machines are easily hacked.

After deliberation during a committee of the whole meeting, council announced its unanimous support for the existing bylaw, which was drafted in 1999 and re-affirmed by council of the day in 2008.