Yard waste collected in Armstrong

Armstong’s public works department will be happy to take residents’ leaves, grass and garden refuse away

Armstong’s public works department will be happy to take residents’ leaves, grass and garden refuse away.

The department will begin pick up of bagged compostable material from all residential areas of the city on Monday, Nov. 4.

“Material must be in transparent plastic bags only,” said Coun. John Trainor, chairperson of the city’s public works committee. “All bags must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, and be easily accessible.

“The pick-up schedule will vary.”

There will be no alley pickups, and bags must not exceed 50 pounds in weight.

Branches, tree trimmings or any other items left at the curbside will not be picked up.

“This program provides residents with an alternative for disposal of home yard and garden compostable waste,” said Trainor.

For those who miss the city pick-up, there is free tipping for compostable yard and garden waste at the regional landfill from Oct. 15 to Nov. 30.

Open burning is not permitted in the City of Armstrong.

Bloom conference donation

Council voted unanimously to donate $250 to the B.C. Communities in Bloom conference and reunion.

The provincial organization is celebrating its 10th conference and awards weekend.

“We were part of five of those 10 years,” said city administrator Patti Ferguson, who added the donation was put into the 2013 budget.

The B.C. Communities in Bloom conference runs Oct. 4 and 5 at Sun Rivers Resort Community in Kamloops.

Lease deals approved

Three main community organizations have had their lease agreements with the city renewed.

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce has a lease deal with the city for its office space and visitor centre on Bridge Street, as well as for the land on Smith Drive where the caboose is located.

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Arts Society has a lease with the city for the museum building.

All three deals expire Dec. 31.

“None of the agreements are subject to the payment of rent,” said Terry Martens, the city’s chief financial officer, in a report to council.

The city also provides permissive tax exemptions for all three locations.