The City of Armstrong and the Interior Provincial Exhibition will work towards signing a lease that will keep some parking in place for the IPE.
Land that has been used for parking off of Adair Avenue has recently changed ownership. The city had been leasing that land to the previous owner, whose property fronted Otter Lake Road, up until 2006.
The lease has not been renewed, though administrator Patti Ferguson said in a letter to council, “it would appear the present tenant of those properties was still allowing IPE parking on city lands, and working with the IPE on haying the city lands, despite no lease.”
According to the city, the IPE did not realize the city property went beyond a small pedestrian bridge at the back of the sewage treatment pond.
The new owners of the property have advised the IPE they have plowed their lands under with the intent of planting potatoes, so that land will no longer be available for parking.
The parking off Adair Avenue would remain as long as the city and IPE enter into a lease agreement.
Council voted unanimously to accept the recommendation.
City takes part in study
Council voted to contribute $5,000 towards a Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC) feasibility study towards possibly putting a modern small hydropower project on Fortune Creek.
SIBAC would work in conjunction with Urban Systems on the project.
If the first phase of the project proves successful, SIBAC would work on moving to phase two, and would require an additional $7,500 from the city for site layout and project plan report work.
“This would bring the city’s cost to $12,500 for $36,160 worth of work,” said Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper.
Centennial coordinator sought
Wanted: community-minded individual to become Armstrong’s centennial celebrations coordinator.
The city turns 100 in 2013.
“We’re looking for a strong candidate to put forth a proposal for the paid position,” said Coun. Paul Britton, chairperson of the city’s community services committee.
The successful candidate would oversee four main areas: planning and coordinating events for the centennial year; recruiting and organizing volunteers to assist in the event; obtaining sponsorships and grants to help fund activities; and effectively market and advertise events, competitions and celebrations.
Proposals for the job can be submitted to the City of Armstrong.