Armstrong is getting some help from UBCO students on its landscape design.

Armstrong is getting some help from UBCO students on its landscape design.

Armstrong takes part in UBCO project

Students will help the City of Armstrong with its current landscape design project.

University of B.C. Okanagan students will help the City of Armstrong with its current landscape design project.

Staff met with professor David Jenkins  to talk about the city participating in UBCO’s Capstone Project, a complimentary service provided to small business and non-profit organizations through fourth-year management students.

“Several project ideas were discussed,” said city administrator Melinda Stickney. “With the landscape design project still in the early stages, it was agreed that there was an excellent opportunity for a project to be completed associated to that work.”

UBCO professors will appoint four students to the project, and work will begin Jan. 8.

Making fire

Armstrong council has unanimously approved a burn permit to Armstrong Elementary School.

It will allow for campfires at the west end of the IPE grounds, subject to approval from the fire chief and parks and recreation commission.

The request came from a Grade 3 teacher who hopes to educate students on the traditional and modern ways of making fires.

“The provincial curriculum has changed and there is now a huge aboriginal component,” said Coun. Paul Britton, trades director at Pleasant Valley Secondary School.

Emergency program

Armstrong council has given three readings to its revised emergency bylaw program.

The current intermunicipal agreement with the City of Vernon expires at the end of December. Throughout the year, the partners have begun planning activities to deliver emergency program services independent of each other while seeking chances to collaborate and cooperate.

The new bylaw, if adopted, will see Armstrong prepare local emergency plans and maintain an emergency management organization.

Fire training centre budget

Armstrong has approved the proposed 2017 fire training centre budget and five-year forecast, as well the 2017 cost sharing breakdown recommended by the fire training centre policy board.

Total estimated costs are $228,810 including $60,000 for capital improvements to the burn building. Operational costs are expected to be 55 per cent funded from user fees, with the remaining funding coming from partnering municipalities and the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Armstrong share is $3,945, which is a four per cent reduction from 2016.

 

Vernon Morning Star