City sees progress on development, economy

Happy New Year. Now that the election and holidays are over I will once again be writing my monthly column

Nancy Cooper

Nancy Cooper

Happy New Year. Now that the election and holidays are over I will once again be writing my monthly column.  If there is an item of interest you would like me to comment on in this column, please call me at city hall or send an email to ncooper@salmonarm.ca.

2015 will be a busy year for the City of Salmon Arm as large construction projects are in progress and the School District #83 and CSRD offices, are completed. In addition, the building department statistics indicate single family homes already on their list for 2015 with some larger projects expected to move forward.

The city will complete the Airport Master Plan so decisions on proceeding with airport improvements can be made. In addition, a Parks Area Plan for Canoe Beach, Canoe rental lots and the old Clare’s Cove Marina will begin.

Coming up this spring we expect a public open house with the Ministry of Transportation regarding planning for the four-laning of the Trans-Canada Highway and construction of a new Salmon River Bridge. Please watch our local papers for information.

Council is in the process of securing funds for improvements to Blackburn Park. If secured, you will see the very large dirt pile transformed into a championship soccer field and the much- awaited life trail system built.

This a year of change for the Shuswap Watershed Council, formerly known as SLIPP – Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process, as work on next steps and program funding are discussed.

Lastly, the Launch-a-Preneur program is coming up again. This is a remarkable program for anyone thinking of starting a new business.

You will receive advice and help from Okanagan College, Community Futures Shuswap, our Economic Development Society and local business professionals. Call 250-833-6080 for information.

– Nancy Cooper, Mayor of Salmon Arm