Fire service review firm chosen

Plus some other tidbits from July's monthly regular meeting of Armstrong council...

A Coquitlam company is in line to conduct a fire service review for the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department.

Dave Mitchell and Associates Ltd. is the preferred choice out of three bidders to conduct the review, as called for in an Armstrong-Spallumcheen joint council recommendation.

The cost of the review will be $27,500 plus taxes.

During the 2013 final plan process for the joint fire department, a recommendation was made for council to authorize administrative staff to prepare terms of reference for the services of a qualified professional to review and prepare an evaluation of the needs and recommendations for capital improvements to the joint fire hall.

The City of Armstrong voted unanimously to support the recommendation. Township of Spallumcheen council will vote on it Monday.

Dave Mitchell and Associates Ltd. offer consulting services for all aspects of fire department operations. Their client list includes fire departments and governments at the provincial, territorial, regional and municipal levels in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Homecoming 100 a hit

More than 525 people gathered in Armstrong over the weekend for the Homecoming 100 event, part of the city’s centennial celebrations.

“There were lots of interesting stories and lots of happy people,” said Coun. Shirley Fowler, one of Homecoming’s main organizers.

Attendees had a chance to reminisce at meet-and-greets at the Hassen Arena, pancake breakfasts and a catered dinner Saturday.

Tours and other community events were also organized.

“I’d like to thank all of the volunteers, and the different groups and organizations that put together functions for Homecoming,” said Fowler. “It was a true community event.”

Hook and ride

Two more big events are coming up as Armstrong continues its 100th birthday celebrations.

The RCMP Musical Ride takes place Wednesday, July 24, at the IPE Fair Grounds. Tickets are available at the IPE office.

A community concert featuring Canadian music star Shawn Hook takes place at the fair grounds Saturday, Aug. 3.

“Tickets are $10 and 1,500 tickets have already been sold,” said Coun. Paul Britton of the concert. “The vendors are in place and extra bands will be playing earlier before the main show.”

According to the Armstrong100 website, concert goers are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Gates will open at 4 p.m. for rush seating.

This is an alcohol-free event.

Concert tickets are available at the IPE office or at the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce.

Good Sam gathering

A recent influx of RVs into the city meant a bit of a financial boon.

The Good Sam Club recently held a “Samboree” in Armstrong, camping out at the fair grounds.

“By all accounts, this was one of the best Samboree’s ever in B.C., due in large part to the cooperation and assistance of you and especially the parks and rec staff,” wrote Barry and Pat Armbrust, B.C. Good Sam RV Club provincial directors in a letter to Mayor Chris Pieper.

Britton explained that organizers collected receipts from Good Sam members that they had picked up from local stores and restaurants during their time in Armstrong.

“They spent more than $5,200,” said Britton. “Overall, they spent $20,500 in our community. I hope they come back. We can use that kind of revenue.”