Community Comment: Community enhancements continue in Area A

"We will be starting work next year on caulking the pool basin, installing a new condensing boiler unit and new covers for the pool."

Summer has come and gone and now we enjoy the fall!

We had a successful summer at the Warfield Community Pool and we are extremely excited that our application was accepted for the Canada 150 Grant along with a second grant from Columbia Basin Trust.

With this grant money, we will be starting work next year on caulking the pool basin, installing a new condensing boiler unit and new covers for the pool.

In 2017, we will then do the expansion joint repairs on the pool decking along with installing permanent shade structures and picnic tables.  This will all make a huge impact on our community pool and we are certainly looking forward to the changes to come.

Last weekend we held the Warfield Spaghetti dinner at our community hall.  It was a well attended event with 107 people coming out to enjoy a great dinner prepared by the Colombo.

We would like to thank the Warfield Fire Department for coming out and serving the spaghetti and helping with clean up along with the Trail/Warfield Brownie Group.

It’s great to see so much community spirit and involvement!

Mayor Ted Pahl along with Councillors Brett Rakuson, Shane Ferraro and Diane Langman all attended UBCM last week while Councillor Tom Milne attended the AGM for the Municipal Insurance Association.

As new members to council, this was a great learning experience.

We attended courses such as Are Your Water Systems At Risk, Public Engagement, Bylaw Enforcement, Liability and Risks for Elected Officials, Emergency Preparedness, Paramedic Retention in Rural BC, etc.

We have taken away a lot of information to work with and incorporate into our Village.

It was interesting to connect with and listen to other communities throughout the province, both small and large, who are all struggling with similar issues such as aging infrastructure.

At the end of our conference, we heard from Christy Clark who revealed a new grant that is going to be for small communities under 25,000 which we will apply for next year!

The Recreation Commission AGM was held on Sept. 30.

At this, we are hoping to get more volunteers out to help with activities in the Village.

This will be a planning session for the events over the course of the next year and to see if perhaps someone has an idea that they would like to try whether it is an event, a course, a sport, etc.  We would love to hear any and all ideas.

The Recreation Commission is in charge of putting on events such as Halloween at the Hall, Breakfast with Santa, Movie nights, craft fairs, etc.

We really need help not only with planning out events but with set up and take down.

If you are able to help out or are interested in joining the Warfield Recreation Commission, please contact Diane Langman at diane.langman@warfield.ca or call 250-368-8202.

The Village’s website is in its final stage of development as well before it will be unveiled to the public.

We are looking forward to bringing Warfield into the present and have more of a social media presence.

Stay tuned for further development on this.

In the meantime, Mayor and Council all have their own Village email addresses if you want or need to contact them.

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.