Road projects rolling ahead

Spallumcheen briefs: Grants granted, gazebo going up, Chamber added to committee

The Township of Spallumcheen’s 2015 capital road plan projects and Stepney Bridge replacement are going out to tender.

The total estimated cost of the projects is nearly $1.7 million.

The projects include full-depth reclamation and paving of 1.4 kms of Lansdowne Road, from the 4700 block to Gulch Road (estimated cost: $367,500); 1.2 kms of Grandview Flats Roads from the intersection of Otter Lake Road west ($315,000) and 1.8 kms of Schubert Road from Dodds Road to the Armstrong boundary ($472,500).

Replacing Stepney Bridge is anticipated to cost $525,000.

“Based on past history, early tendering has resulted in cost savings to the township,” said public works manager Ed Forslund. “If costs come in higher than anticipated, the road capital program can be scaled back to meet the budget.”

Funding sources for the project are taxation, community works funding and surplus.

Grants granted

Six organizations within and with ties to the township have approved grants-in-aid courtesy of council.

Receiving grants-in-aid are O’Keefe Ranch ($6,000); Caravan Farm Theatre and Armstrong Lions Club ($2,500 each); Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum ($2,000); Okanagan Boys and Girls Club ($1,500); and Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department Recreation Fund ($750).

The museum and arts society, and Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce will receive fees for services, including $9,750 for the museum and art gallery, and $8,000 for the chamber.

Gazebo going ahead

The Armstrong Lions Club has been given official approval to proceed with its plan to construct a gazebo in Armstrong’s Memorial Park.

Township council gave its blessing and $2,500 toward the project, as did the City of Armstrong.

The Lions Club budget for the project is $48,086.

Chamber added to committee

The township’s agricultural advisory committee will have another member.

Council voted unanimously for a representative of the chamber of commerce join the committee as a non-voting member.

“Our chamber is supportive of helping smaller farmers with marketing and creating ways to get their products out to market,” said Coun. Joe Van Tienhoven. “There are a lot of good ideas coming from other areas and other chambers who work closely with their agriculture committees.

“I think it would be good perspective for our agriculture committee to have that side represented.”