Community Comment: Salmo council replenished, grants bolster village

"Construction of the new playground is scheduled to be completed this fall."

With the rains of early September all of us have some relief from the forest fires and smoke.

Our Salmo Fire Department had volunteered and was authorized to travel to assist with the Stickpin Fire that threatened our neighbors in Grand Forks.

Thankfully they were not needed but it’s just another example of neighbors helping neighbors and communities that unite when in peril.

We thank all the women and men who worked so hard over the summer to keep us safe.

As of September 8t Salmo will once again have a full complement of Council members.  We all welcome Councillor Diana Lockwood and Councillor Jonathon Heatlie.  Both long-time residents of Salmo, they bring much experience to their new roles and we all look forward to working with them.

The last article from Salmo noted we were waiting to hear if we had obtained a significant grant for replacing much needed playground equipment in our central park.

The grant, which includes campground and ball field improvements among others, has now been approved by the Columbia Basin Trust, together with grants from the Regional District of Central Kootenay and Western Financial Group.

We are grateful to these supporters.

None of this would have been possible without the assistance of our Chamber of Commerce who worked hard to organize various committees to revitalize our parks.

Particular thanks to Heather Street and Jacquie Huser who spent many hours coordinating these groups and bringing forward park plans to Council.

Construction of the new playground is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Our CAO Diane Kalen-Sukra has begun preparing Council for the strategic planning and budgeting process, which we intend to complete earlier this year than in any other.

This process will also help to integrate our new Councillors and measure the progress we have made over the past nine months.

This progress includes moving forward on numerous civic works initiatives — including road paving, line painting, parks and cemetery maintenance improvements; meeting our statutory requirements around records management, professionalized operations and financial reporting, to name just a few.

To make this progress possible, our CAO has secured grant funding in the past six months equivalent to approximately  one quarter of annual general government expenditures. This does not include over $100,000 in pending applications which we expect to learn about before year-end.

We have also increased Council grant-in-aid contributions to our community volunteer groups which are the life blood of the Village. These have helped sports teams, the arts community, outdoor recreation groups and youth groups among others in delivering valuable services to our residents.

We are particularly proud of the work of the Salmo Lions Club which has successfully undertaken the maintenance of Railway Garden Park along the highway and made it an attractive location for visitors and residents alike.

This initiative is something we would like to build on. It not only beautifies the way along the highway, it is also emblematic of the volunteer-spirit of our community while encouraging visitors to stop and spend time in our charming Village.

Together with the behind the scenes foundation-building work such as putting in place proper administrative and financial controls and retaining and promoting dedicated staff, Salmo’s future is very bright.

Stephen White is the Mayor of Salmo

Community Comment is an opportunity for elected officials from our local municipalities to update citizens in the region on the events, plans and progress in their respective communities. Every Friday, the Trail Times will present, on a rotating basis, a submission from councils, school trustees or regional district directors.

Just Posted

Police seek witnesses to fatal weekend accident

Tow truck driver was struck by vehicle while responding to an accident

Pedestrian killed on Highway 22 Saturday evening

Police say 51-year-old man died after being hit by car

UPDATE: DriveBC says highway re-opened after accident

Highway 22 closed for seven hours on Saturday

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Métis Flag flies in Trail on Louis Riel Day

Area students, officials and public attend flag raising at Trail City Hall

1st Indigenous woman to start Canadian airline looks to B.C.’s remote regions

Teara Fraser is the first Indigenous woman in Canada to start her own airline, called Iskwew Air

Canadian Armed Forces to change approach to sexual assault investigations

New program aimed at a more open and transparent process, will consult with civilians, health and law professionals

UPDATE: Death of 38-year-old Fernie man at B.C. coal mine under investigation

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning

Breathing polluted air during pregnancy may increase odds of baby having autism: SFU study

Study looked at nearly all births in Metro Vancouver between 2004 and 2009

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Bankruptcies in British Columbia on the rise

Consumer bankruptcies climbed by 6. 1 per cent in August 2018 from the same month last year.

World Toilet Day floats some serious health issues

Needs More Spikes blog finds 136 people are currently peeing in Vancouver Island city

Calgary Stampeders back to Grey Cup with 22-14 win over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Calgary was favoured to win the 2017 and 2016 Grey Cups, but lost to the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks respectively.

‘A giant step forward’: new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond to enter circulation

A new $10 banknote featuring Viola Desmond’s portrait will go into circulation, just over 72 years after she was ousted from the whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.

Most Read