Vandals targeted at Lavington park

Security cameras installed, NONA seeks support, Housing stats slow in Coldstream

Vandals are being targeted in Lavington.

A history of vandalism at Jeffers Park has prompted the Lavington Community Association to take action.

Security cameras are being installed at the park and at the Lavington fire hall in hopes of deterring vandals and catching those who commit in the act.

“The issue has been ongoing vandalism and destruction of property out there,” said Michael Baker,  Coldstream’s director of infrastructure services, who recently met with the association.

“They were looking to have something in place before the fall as most of the vandalism is occurring in the winter when the rink was being used.”

NONA needs

support

A vital lifeline for the growing number of North Okanagan individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has outgrown its space.

The North Okanagan Neurological Association Child Development Centre hopes to construct a new facility, called the Clubhouse. But funds first need to be raised for the $1.6 million Clubhouse, with hopes of opening the new building in the spring of 2016.

“Due to this increasing demand, NONA has outgrown its existing space, an older crowded home in a residential section of the city,” the association states. “A purpose-built facility is now being planned thanks to the recent availability of a property in closer proximity to NONA’s existing Treehouse building and staff.”

NONA has been providing service to children and families in the North Okanagan for 40 years.

Of the 700 children served each year, 73 per cent are from the Vernon and Coldstream areas.

“Now they need our community’s help,” said Mayor Jim Garlick, in a letter of support for the project.

Housing stats slow

in community

Coldstream’s home construction is stalling.

The number of housing units to date in 2015 is down from last year. Staff say the lull is mainly due to there not being any multi-family permits  although total permits issued is up by five.

“Total construction value for the year is down $4.5 million from the same period last year,” said Bob Bibby, the district’s building official.

For September, a total of 12 permits were issued with a total construction value of $576,700.

The same month last year also saw 12 permits but with a construction value of $1.9 million.