PVSS band performs

Council approves students taking part in Christmas festivities as a fundraiser

Pleasant Valley Secondary School band students will take their music to the streets of Armstrong.

The students have asked permission from Armstrong council to participate in small groups as buskers during the annual Christmas Light-Up.

That, along with bottle drives the students will do between now and next spring, will help them raise money to attend the Cantando Music Festival April 14 to 17 in Edmonton.

“Our band students will either have name tags with the school name on them, or our PVSS band shirts,” wrote PVSS music director Brenden Majerech.

“We will also have small banners informing the public as to what we’re up to for that venue/day.”

The musicians did the same thing last year to allow them to raise money to attend a music festival in Whistler.

Council unanimously gave its approval.

Mission request granted

Even though they normally do not give money to other jurisdictions, Armstrong council gave unanimous approval to donate funds to Vernon’s Upper Room Mission.

The request to waive $9,200 in fees for a water line upgrade at the mission was made through the Regional District of North Okanagan.

“Armstrong’s portion of that total is $402,” said Coun. Shirley Fowler.

After some discussion, council agreed to the $402 and ordered it to come out of the city’s emerging issues fund.

Fall clean up

Armstrong’s public works department will pick up bagged leaves, grass and garden refuse from all residential areas in the city starting Nov. 5.

“All bags must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on Nov. 5 and be easily accessible,” said Coun. John Trainor.

Materials must be in transparent plastic bags only, and the city’s fall composting program does not include pick up of branches or tree trimmings.

The bags can’t exceed 50 pounds in weight.

“This program provides residents with an alternative for disposal of home yard and garden compostable waste,” said Trainor.

Open burning is not permitted in the City of Armstrong.

Schedule and

office closures

Armstrong council unanimously voted to cancel its second regularly scheduled meeting of Decembers as it falls on Dec. 24.

Council will meet once in December on Dec. 10.

City offices will also be closed from Dec. 24 through to Jan. 1 inclusive, for the Christmas break.

Offices will re-open to the public Jan. 2, 2013.