Lavington association wants park lights

Efforts are underway to get power and lights installed in the picnic shelter in Lavington Centennial Park

Lavington is working to amp up local events.

Efforts are underway to get power and lights installed in the picnic shelter in Lavington Centennial Park, along with picnic tables.

“It’s a lovely structure but that’s pretty much all it is at this time,” said Lyn McPherson, Lavington Community Association director. “We’d like it to be so much more.”

The LCA has already done its homework and obtained quotes on the items: $5,175 for electrical installation and lights, $2,100 for three picnic tables.

Such additions would allow more events to take place in the shelter, along with creating a more family-friendly space, said MacPherson.

Council is expected to go over funding options at the April 7 Committee of the Whole meeting.

Highway officially opens

Despite being completed for several months now, an official opening ceremony of Highway 6 improvements gets underway today.

The Ministry of Transportation, District of Coldstream and Windley Contracting officials will help mark the event today at 1:30 p.m. at Ricardo Road.

The realignment of approximately 2.3 kilometres and intersection improvements between Grey and Ricardo roads in Coldstream, address safety concerns along the stretch. There were 119 reported accidents over a 10 year period, 2000 – 2009.

The project was originally expected to cost $7.5 million but the Ministry of Transportation reports the project at an estimated $11 million.

Library awaiting repairs

Staff and users at the Vernon library are being praised for their patience.

It’s been about a month since a pipe burst inside the new building causing substantial flood damage and repairs have yet to get underway.

“It appears to the public that nothing is happening,” said Maria Besso, Okanagan Regional Library vice chairperson.

But, she explains, the library is following the insurance process.

“The contract has been put out to tender to fix the damage caused by the flooding.”

In the meantime, most services have been moved upstairs.

“The staff are doing a phenomenal job,” said Besso.