Township helps out mission

The Township of Spallumcheen is stepping up for Vernon’s Upper Room Mission.

The Township of Spallumcheen is stepping up for Vernon’s Upper Room Mission.

As per a request from the Regional District of North Okanagan to waive a $9,200 fee for the mission to upgrade a water line, Spallumcheen council voted unanimously to pay its portion of the fee, $545.

“The Upper Room Mission supports lots of residents in the North Okanagan, I don’t think it’s just people from Vernon that go there,” said Coun. Christine Fraser. “They’ve never asked for a donation before. I think it’s important we support them.”

While voting in favour of the motion, Coun. Andrew Casson expressed the township take heed for such future requests.

“Caution needs to be taken when we support things outside our municipality,” said Casson.

The money will come in the form of a grant in aid. Spallumcheen’s policy for grants in aid allows donations of more than the recommended $500.

Christmas closure

The Township of Spallumcheen office will close over the Christmas break.

“In the past, what we generally do is follow the same protocol as the regional district,” explained deputy corporate officer Cindy Graves.

The office will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1, reopening Jan. 2, 2013.

Meeting schedule set

The 2013 regular monthly Spallumcheen council meeting schedule has been adopted.

There will be three months – January, July and August – where there will only be one meeting.

“With the office closure (over Christmas), we propose the first meeting in January be cancelled because of the turnaround to get an agenda presented,” said Brian Freeman-Marsh, the township’s acting administrator.

The regular meeting in January will be Monday, Jan. 14.

There’s one meeting in the summer months on July 15 and Aug. 12.

Every other month will have two meetings on the first and third Monday with the exceptions of April and September, when the first meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of the month due to statutory holidays.