Lumby safety projects passed

Council agreed Monday to add projects on Miller Street and Cedar Ridge to the 2016 budget.

Safety improvements are being expedited on some Lumby roads.

Council agreed Monday to add projects on Miller Street and Cedar Ridge to the 2016 budget.

“We want to get started on those,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

The projects include realigning Miller Street at Vernon Street (Highway 6) by adding curbing to change the approach for traffic turning on to the highway and heading east.

“It’s quite dangerous there,” said Acton.

“It’s not clear to some people how the intersection should be used.”

The other project will see a survey of the property line of the lands backing on to Shuswap Avenue heading north from Cedar Ridge on the west side. That survey will determine what extent of potential earthworks can be required to increase sight lines.

“The potential for an accident there is huge,” said Acton.

The Cedar Ridge survey and improvements will cost about $5,000 and the anticipated cost at Miller Street is $1,500.

Wildfires a concern

Lumby hopes to reduce the risk of wildfires.

The village will apply for provincial funds for strategic wildfire prevention.

“We’re working on a plan for the west side of town,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

“The west side hill is well treed and there is a lot of potential fuel on the ground.”

If the grant is received, the village would construct a fire break.