Park plays with potential funds

Potential grant funding has come available that could help with Armstrong's Huculak Park.

Potential grant funding has come available that could help the City of Armstrong pay for two phases of its Huculak Park creation.

Western Diversification Canada has received an additional $46 million in funding through the 2016 federal budget to allow a second intake of grant applications for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

“The federal government would like to see projects that will create a lasting legacy for the community,” said Armstrong chief financial officer Terry Martens.

Maximum funding is 50 per cent of total eligible costs for a project and successful projects must be completed no later than March 31, 2018.

The city’s 2016 budget contains a provision to build phase 1 of Huculak Park with an estimated cost of $80,000 with funding coming from short-term borrowing.

“There is an opportunity with the timeline to combine phases 1 and 2 of the park construction  into one project spanning 2016 and 2017 and apply for funding,” said Martens, adding cost details would need to be obtained for phase 2 in order to apply for the grant.

Council voted unanimously to submit a grant application though Coun. Sully O’Sullivan was absent from the vote.

Stage 2 conservation reduced

The city implemented stage 2 water conservation measures April 27 due to increased turbidity in the Fortune Creek source.

The measures were lifted back to stage 1 effective May 19.

“The water quality has improved considerably and we’re currently back on-line at Fortune Creek,” said Coun. Steven Drapala, chairperson of the city’s public works committee.

Keep culverts clear

Public works is reminding city residents to ensure all catch basin drains and culverts on or near their properties are kept clear of debris at all times.

The intensity of spring and summer storms can cause drainage and flooding issues.

“It’s very common for drains to become plugged causing drainage and flooding during storm events,” said public works manager Tim Perepolkin.

Sandbags and sand are available 24/7 for residents from the lot adjacent to the public works yard on Patterson Avenue.