Lumby chief administrative officer Tom Kadla (left) chats with MLA Eric Foster while MP Colin Mayes listens in and Regional District of North Okanagan chairperson Rick Fairbairn and Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton converse about more than $1 million in funds for the community.

Lumby chief administrative officer Tom Kadla (left) chats with MLA Eric Foster while MP Colin Mayes listens in and Regional District of North Okanagan chairperson Rick Fairbairn and Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton converse about more than $1 million in funds for the community.

Funds pumped into lift station

Lumby moving ahead with $1.588 million upgrade to sewer system

Lumby’s mayor could hardly sleep he was so excited the night prior to a major announcement for the village.

“If I look a little tired it’s because I laid in bed last night and realized Lumby’s getting $1 million. It’s huge,” said Kevin Acton at Friday’s announcement in Arbor Park.

Both the federal and provincial governments are each pitching in $519,333 to help Lumby upgrade some ancient infrastructure.

The village is covering the remainder of the $1.588 million sewage lift station project.

The larger station will replace the existing 1962 infrastructure.

“I’m told that it actually passed its life expectancy,” said Colin Mayes, Okanagan-Shuswap MP.

While it may not be a glamourous project, Mayes says it’s vital.

“We take for granted that we turn the tap and the water flows and we flush the toilet and things that we don’t want go.”

Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster, who lives in Lumby, agrees.

“I’m a little biased in some of these projects because my toilet has to flush too.”

But Lumby is getting a bigger bang for its buck with the project.

“Because of the way it’s set up and the lift station we’re going to get a new washroom in the Oval Park,” said Foster.

Acton says the facilities will tie into the park’s stage plans, which could be completed this year.

“It will have to be finished this summer if we start it this summer.”

Acton is grateful for the support as Lumby wouldn’t be able to go it alone.

“Without senior levels of government these types of projects wouldn’t be possible.”

And that is exactly why Mayes believes such projects are a perfect fit.

“I always say the smaller communities need it most,” he said.