The Roots and Blues Festival has asked the city to support a $136,000 project to bring a 600-volt electrical service to the south portion of the Salmon Arm fairgrounds to benefit the different events held there. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

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City council has several community requests with financial implications to consider come budget time.

At a recent public budget meeting, Salmon Arm’s mayor and council received presentations from several community groups and individuals seeking support for different projects or city-related works.

Among the larger financial requests was one for $136,325 from the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society and the Roots and Blues Festival to install a 600-volt service at the south fairground property and distribute hydro to five service kiosks.

Supported by the Salmon Arm and Shuswap Lake Agricultural Association, the project, intended to be completed in two phases, will enable festival and other event organizers who use the property to decrease dependency on fuel sources and remove the requirement to rent generators.

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“The value-added benefit to the community is the enhanced power infrastructure will help increase the property’s competitiveness to attract other large and small events to rent the property,” writes Roots and Blues executive director David Gonella in a letter to council.

Askew’s Foods is seeking the city’s support with a renovation of the downtown Salmon Arm location. (See story above for specific details).

The Salmon Arm Snowblazers Club asked that the city consider providing financial support towards the purchase of a used Snowcat, valued at $60,000, for the grooming of snowmobile trails on the Fly Hills.

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“The goal of the club is to expand our sledding industry and winter tourism market to help develop Salmon Arm and outlying areas in becoming popular, year-round destination communities,” writes Snowblazers director Sandy Milne.

Council also received a couple of small financial requests from Downtown Salmon Arm, one for a $1,720 exemption on a bill the organization receives from the city for Christmas lighting, and $500 to support a community clean-up day.

Infrastructure and service-related requests include one for handicap doors at the SASCU Recreation and Shaw centres, and a safety ladder on the children’s pool; a request for proper sidewalk letdown at 1870 Okanagan Ave. SE; a request for public transit expansion; and a request for a more long-term fix to one of the wharfs at the Salmon Arm Marine Park, which is utilized by local dragon boat groups.


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