Community Comment from Mayor Ted Pahl.

Community Comment from Mayor Ted Pahl.

Pool and playground ready for summer says Warfield mayor

Warfield Mayor Ted Pahl updates citizens in the region on events, plans and progress in the village.

Greetings from the Village of Warfield.

Spring is in the air and that means we are back to work on community projects and infrastructure improvements. We recently held our annual Warfield Days with many events and fun for adults and kids alike.

Warfield Days always starts off with a pancake breakfast which was well attended again this year. Breakfast was followed up this year by the kid’s bike parade where local children decorate their bikes and ride from Webster school up to the community hall; led by our resident bag-piper Gord Titsworth. It was great to see so many kids out with bikes and scooters all decked out for the parade. After the parade we had the Maple Leaf band and the after school band program come up and play for a crowd at the community hall.

It was then my pleasure to host a ceremony to honor two previous mayors who have made numerous contributions to our community over the years. Street signs were made to name the sidewalk lanes in the community park to reflect our gratitude to Jim Nelson and Bill Trewhella for their combined years of service.

The rest of the afternoon there were games and entertainment for the kids, followed by a steak dinner at the hall. Events like these cannot happen without the tireless efforts of our recreation commission and the assistance of scores of volunteers; thank you so much to all who helped make this day possible.

On the infrastructure and project front several projects are underway or completed.

Beaver bend has a new storm sewer to divert water and make it possible for our pump track to get underway. Construction has begun with a projected completion date of June 30th to have the track open for riders.

Summer recreation is just around the corner and kicking off the season the Warfield pool is open for business.

The centennial grant that Warfield received from the federal government as well as grants from CBT and the Kootenay Savings Foundation made it possible to do some much needed upgrades to the pool including a new boiler system making the pool a lot warmer for this year’s opening.

Local schools have had swim lessons underway and kids from around the community have been flocking to the pool. Information on Public swimming lessons for the summer will be available soon.

The summer playground program is kicking off again this summer at the community hall from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays in July; information is available through the office or on our website.

Lastly Warfield received a grant in 2015 to get underway with building a OCP or official community plan. We have engaged a consulting company to lead us through the process of building this and this September we will be looking for public input into the building of this plan.

Ted Pahl is the Mayor of the Village of Warfield.

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.