New committee targets agriculture

Spallumcheen has unveiled its new agricultural advisory committee, featuring eight new members

They all have an affinity for agriculture, and they’re all keen to serve the community.

Spallumcheen has unveiled its new agricultural advisory committee, featuring eight new members who will provide comments on new and changing issues in the agricultural industry, sand who will serve as a resource for township council in regards to farm practices.

The committee includes six members with agricultural ties and two public-at-large positions.

The committee consists of dairy farmer Joseph Bifano, beef producer Kevin Curtis, retired food crop/grains/poultry producer David Doran, beef/poultry/swine farmer Steve Meggait, beef producer Gerry Popoff and grain crop enthusiast Brian Upper.

Selected from the public at large are Armstrong Spallumcheen Environmental Trust executive member David Derbowka, and boarding kennel owner/operator Jan Bakker.

“I come from a background in mixed farming and dairy in Holland,” wrote Bakker in her application. “I have a strong sense of community…and I have the time to participate in the agricultural advisory committee.”

The new committee will serve until November 2018.

Tender approved

A Vernon company will handle Spallumcheen’s four major capital road program projects in 2015.

Council unanimously awarded the project tender to Vernon Paving at a cost of $1,022,606.31(excluding applicaable taxes).

“The low tender price from Vernon Paving Ltd. is nearly $133,000 lower than the proposed budget for the 2015 capital road program,” said township public works manager Ed Forslund.

The projects include reclamation and paving of stretches of Lansdowne Road (4700 block to Gulch Road), Grandview Flats Road from the intersection of Otter Lake Road west and Schubert Road from Dodds Road to the Armstrong boundary.

The other main project is the replacement of the Stepney Road bridge.