New inspector moves into Armstrong

The city and Lethbridge-based Outwest Building Inspection Consultants have agreed on a five-year contrac

The City of Armstrong will soon have a new building inspection service.

The city and Lethbridge-based Outwest Building Inspection Consultants have agreed on a five-year contract starting in January 2016.

Outwest Building lnspection is an accredited company with more than 45 years of experience in all aspects of building inspection services.

“Richard Nicolas and Riley Barnfather are certified inspectors who will be providing inspection services to the city,” said Coun. Shirley Fowler.

“They will be working with city staff to start the transition process, and will host an information session at city hall for local builders and developers and residents to meet them.”

City staff is in the process of drafting a new building inspection regulatory bylaw for council to review and adopt prior to the year’s end.

Building stats steady

There were two residential and three commercial building permits issued in Armstrong in August totalling $767,219.

That’s down from five residential units totalling just under $1.2 million from the same month in 2014.

Through the first eight months of 2015, the city issued 49 building permits worth $6.3 million, compared to 24 permits worth $3.2 million over the same time frame a year ago.

Bonfire approved

A family event at an Armstrong school will have some extra heat in December.

Armstrong Elementary School wrote the city to ask permission to have a bonfire on the grounds for a family Christmas carol night behind the school during the week of Dec. 14.

“We will have a bonfire and serve hot chocolate,” said principal Denise Brown.

“We will have some decorations of lights as well.”

It will be the second of three such family events throughout the year at the school.

Council unanimously approved the request.

The event has the blessing of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Fire Department, which will be on hand during festivities.

Shaking it out

Armstrong has registered to take part in the world’s largest “drop, cover, hold on” earthquake drill.

Shake Out B.C. will take place at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 15. To take part in the event, go to and click on “Register here.”

More than a half-million people are expected to participate in B.C.