Pipe producer builds office in Spall

Spallumcheen's Atlantic Industries expands

A Spallumcheen manufacturer has been given the green light to expand.

Township council has approved a development permit for Atlantic Industries so it can construct an 1,800-square-foot office at its Crozier Road site.

“There’s been a bit of growth and our current establishment is in need of an upgrade,” said Jason  Sherwood, vice-president of the company which makes corrugated pipe products.

As part of the permit, Atlantic Industries must ensure its activities aren’t negatively impacting the aquifer in the area.

“We have to protect the aquifer. That’s the cost of doing business,” said Coun. Dave Brew.

However, Coun. Ralph Leyenhorst doesn’t believe there is a risk to water quality.

“They are welding on concrete so it’s a non-issue,” he said.

Salmon River works proceed

Major improvements to a Spallumcheen road are moving ahead.

Council has awarded a $1.1 million contract to Okanagan Aggregates for upgrades to Salmon River Road this year.

“We’re very lucky to come in under budget,” said Coun. Dave Brew, adding that the original estimate for the project was $1.4 million.

However, there are some financial challenges because a provincial grant did not materialize as anticipated.

“That could lead us into a shortfall of about $73,000,” said Ed Forslund, public works manager.

Any funds needed to cover a shortfall will come from the township’s 2011 road rehabilitation budget.

Most taxes paid on time

Spallumcheen has collected most of its 2011 property taxes.

Figures show that 94.06 per cent of property owners had paid their taxes by the July 4 deadline.

“It’s not a record-setter but it’s higher than I expected on June 30,” said Brian Freeman-Marsh, chief financial officer.

On June 30, the last day before the Canada Day long weekend, only 79.43 per cent of total taxes had been received.

Many of the taxes were paid at financial institutions or through online banking.

“We were never incredibly busy at the (municipal office) counter,” said Freeman-Marsh.

“There was never a lineup out the door.”

There are possibly 24 properties up for tax sale this year, including 12 mobile homes.