Wall replacement gets the nod

Spallumcheen will spend $23,600 to repair a failing retaining wall near 1455 Otter Lake Road.

Action is being taken to ensure the integrity of a Spallumcheen road.

Council has approved spending $23,600 so Landmark Solutions can make permanent repairs to a failing retaining wall near 1455 Otter Lake Road.

“A neighbour noticed the bottom of the wall was  slipping out,” said Corey Paiement, the township’s chief administrative officer.

In December, a consultant, Fletcher Paine and Associates, reported that the slope is not stable but the roadway is safe for public use in the short-term.

“Fletcher Paine and Associates recommended a plan to drive steel sheet pilings in front of the failed area of the wall to provide permanent structural support,” said Ed Forslund, public works manager, in a report to council.

“Staff and Landmark Solutions agreed that this would be the most practical and economic solution.”

The total project cost is $26,000, with $2,400 covering the township’s costs for traffic control, gravel trucks and backfill.

Work is expected to begin in March.

A sign of the times

Motorists will be reminded of the significance of safety and agriculture in Spallumcheen.

The township is proposing to install farm equipment warning and share the road signs at 29 locations at a cost of $193 per sign.

“The intent is to educate drivers and improve safety regarding the community’s farm industry and farm traffic,” said Ed Forslund, public works manager, in a report to council.

Among the possible locations for the signs are St. Anne’s Road at Highway 97, Back Enderby Road north of Baker Road, Salmon River Road at the Armstrong boundary, Lansdowne Road at Highway 97A and Powerhouse Road at Highway 97A.

The project will proceed if $6,000 in funding is received from the Municipal Insurance Association.

Fire structure approved

A new governance model is moving ahead for the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Fire Department.

Spallumcheen council has adopted the inter-municipal fire services bylaw.

“We now have a fire commission and it will work like the parks and recreation commission,” said Mayor Janice Brown.

Appointments to the commission include Spallumcheen Councillors Joe Van Tienhoven and Todd York and Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper and Coun. Paul Britton.

The terms of the bylaw confirm the role of the fire chief and the department and highlight budgeting, cost allocation and financial matters.