Road paving gets approval

Council will spend $180,000 to pave Kalamalka Road from Howe to Giles drives.

A busy route in Coldstream is getting a facelift.

Council decided during a committee of the whole meeting Tuesday to spend $180,000 to pave Kalamalka Road from Howe to Giles drives.

“It’s looking pretty sad,” said Coun. Doug Dirk of its current condition.

The money will come from surplus funds left from capital projects earmarked for 2015.

However, while he supports the paving, Coun. Richard Enns says the district should look at addressing rapid snow melt and flooding, which has occurred in this neighbourhood three times since 2010.

“If there is an opportunity to do something, this might be the right time to do it,” he said.

“I hope we can mitigate storm issues, whether it’s ditching or a culvert here and a culvert there.”

Concern, though, came from Coun. Glen Taylor, who says the paving needs to occur this year, while  planning for drainage will require a thorough process.

“I’d hate to see this project go ahead if we’re waiting for storm reports,” said Taylor.

It’s not known when the paving will proceed.

Along with Kalamalka Road from Howe to Giles drives, the district will spend $20,000 to pave the south end of the Creekside Park parking lot.