Salmon Arm council

In 2017, when Vernon hosted the 55+ BC Games, the flag is handed over to the Kimberly Cranbrook 2018 55+ Games at the closing ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 16. (File photo)

Salmon Arm making a bid to host the 2024 55+BC Games

Last Games were held in 2019, COVID-19 forced cancellations in 2020 and 2021

 

Taxpayers in Salmon Arm will be paying a four per cent increase in taxes in 2022 due mainly to increases in the policing budget. (File photo)

Taxpayers in Salmon Arm to pay 4% hike mainly due to policing costs

One new officer for city, plus taxpayers to shoulder impact of wage raise in Canada-wide contract

 

Some Canoe residents are not happy with the new four-way stop installed at the intersection of 50th Street and 70th Avenue NE, citing concerns about difficulties navigating the nearby hill when it’s icy. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Ill-conceived idea’: New four-way stop in Canoe gets the red light from residents

Resident brings petition to council with concerns about navigating hill during icy conditions

 

Salmon Arm council has been busy trying to reduce the tax increase that is projected in the city’s preliminary budget for 2022. (File photo)

Police costs in 2022 make up big chunk of proposed Salmon Arm tax increase

City council deliberates over where reduction of four per cent overall jump can be made

Salmon Arm council has been busy trying to reduce the tax increase that is projected in the city’s preliminary budget for 2022. (File photo)
Because mail delivery may be delayed by flood-damaged highways, Salmon Arm council has waived the 10 per cent penalty on late September-October metered utility bill payments. (File photo)

Salmon Arm waives penalty for late payment of metered utility bills due to mail delays

Canada Post has announced mail delivery may be slow due to highway closures

Because mail delivery may be delayed by flood-damaged highways, Salmon Arm council has waived the 10 per cent penalty on late September-October metered utility bill payments. (File photo)
A rainbow graces the sky above Blackburn Park during a soccer game in 2019. Shuswap Youth Soccer Association has proposed synthetic turf surfaces for the southwest corner of Blackburn Park. (File photo)

Soccer association proposes synthetic turf surfaces at Blackburn Park

City council takes time to clarify details of proposals

A rainbow graces the sky above Blackburn Park during a soccer game in 2019. Shuswap Youth Soccer Association has proposed synthetic turf surfaces for the southwest corner of Blackburn Park. (File photo)
View above Merritt of flooding on Nov. 15, 2021. (Facebook)

City of Salmon Arm adds pool passes to supplies for evacuees

Mayor expresses appreciation for Salmon Arm’s reception centre staff and volunteers

View above Merritt of flooding on Nov. 15, 2021. (Facebook)
Salmon Arm council adopted a mandatory vaccination policy on Nov. 15, to come into effect Jan. 3 (File photo)

Salmon Arm council adopts mandatory vaccine policy for staff, elected officials

Policy in effect Jan. 3, staff to investigate inclusion of independent contractors in the policy

Salmon Arm council adopted a mandatory vaccination policy on Nov. 15, to come into effect Jan. 3 (File photo)
The City of Salmon Arm is working with BC Transit to extend hours of Shuswap Transit routes as well as add Sunday service in the new year. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)

Sunday service, extended hours for Shuswap Transit expected in 2022

City of Salmon Arm in talks with BC Transit to expand local service

The City of Salmon Arm is working with BC Transit to extend hours of Shuswap Transit routes as well as add Sunday service in the new year. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm’s Greenways Liaison Committee considers the creation of a trails and parks guide specific to Salmon Arm. (File photo)

Trail and parks guide with focus on Salmon Arm pondered

Greenways Liaison Committee discusses collaboration to create more city-specific information

Salmon Arm’s Greenways Liaison Committee considers the creation of a trails and parks guide specific to Salmon Arm. (File photo)
The City of Salmon Arm has received an application to rezone a 2.17-acre lot at 2621 17th St. SE from R1, single family residential zone, to R8, residential suite zone, to accommodate construction of a detached suite. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Carriage house planned for unique lot in Salmon Arm’s Appleyard subdivision

City planning report for rezoning application notes parcel has irregular shape and shared driveway

The City of Salmon Arm has received an application to rezone a 2.17-acre lot at 2621 17th St. SE from R1, single family residential zone, to R8, residential suite zone, to accommodate construction of a detached suite. (City of Salmon Arm image)
Dancers enjoy a barn dance in Alaska in 2019. In Salmon Arm, after delays connected to the pandemic, a two-night Winter Festival Barn Dance is set for Nov. 26 and 27 at the fairgrounds, subject to provincial health orders. (Michael Penn-Black Press)

Winter Festival Barn Dance in Salmon Arm set for two nights at end of November

Dance to be held in Cow Barn at fairgrounds, live music and DJ, subject to provincial health orders

Dancers enjoy a barn dance in Alaska in 2019. In Salmon Arm, after delays connected to the pandemic, a two-night Winter Festival Barn Dance is set for Nov. 26 and 27 at the fairgrounds, subject to provincial health orders. (Michael Penn-Black Press)
A city map shows proposed changes to facilitate Auto Road Connector which include closing steep, winding Shoemaker Hill on 10th Avenue SE and connecting Auto Road to 14th Avenue SE. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Design for Auto Road Connector in Salmon Arm to include closing Shoemaker Hill

City hasn’t acquired all land needed yet, detailed design to help with financial planning

A city map shows proposed changes to facilitate Auto Road Connector which include closing steep, winding Shoemaker Hill on 10th Avenue SE and connecting Auto Road to 14th Avenue SE. (City of Salmon Arm image)
Salmon Arm Council received a letter and petition Oct. 12 with about 50 signatures asking for the city to paint a crosswalk orange in recognition of National Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Contributed)

First Nations consultation the first step in request for orange crosswalk in Salmon Arm

Petition asks for Orange Crosswalk for Truth and Reconciliation to honour children, instill healing

Salmon Arm Council received a letter and petition Oct. 12 with about 50 signatures asking for the city to paint a crosswalk orange in recognition of National Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Contributed)
The Ross Street Plaza and its mosaic backdrop has been a popular place for entertainers and speakers to gather. During the winter of 2020, the City of Salmon Arm fenced off the plaza to prevent people from camping there. This winter, Downtown Salmon Arm has instead proposed a large snowflake light installation be put up to brighten the area as well as discouraging campers. (File photo)

New light installation in downtown Salmon Arm might deter campers

Downtown Salmon Arm, city council hopeful lighting will discourage campers at Ross Street Plaza

The Ross Street Plaza and its mosaic backdrop has been a popular place for entertainers and speakers to gather. During the winter of 2020, the City of Salmon Arm fenced off the plaza to prevent people from camping there. This winter, Downtown Salmon Arm has instead proposed a large snowflake light installation be put up to brighten the area as well as discouraging campers. (File photo)
City council gave preliminary approval at the city’s Oct. 18 planning meeting for a rezoning at 1450 13th Ave. SE to allow secondary suites on a large lot in the Hillcrest neighbourhood. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Secondary suite rezoning may precede future subdivision in Salmon Arm

Room on large lot in Hillcrest neighbourhood for more than one home if wanted

City council gave preliminary approval at the city’s Oct. 18 planning meeting for a rezoning at 1450 13th Ave. SE to allow secondary suites on a large lot in the Hillcrest neighbourhood. (City of Salmon Arm image)
This conceptual rendering shows 60 units of student housing at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College with construction expected to begin in 2022 and be completed by 2024. (Okanagan College image)

Student housing at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus moving forward

Construction of 60-bed dormitory expected to begin in 2022, zoning amendment required

This conceptual rendering shows 60 units of student housing at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College with construction expected to begin in 2022 and be completed by 2024. (Okanagan College image)
Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (File photo)
Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Ban on single-use plastic checkout bags to return to Salmon Arm

After several twists and turns, bylaw will be passed in January 2022, in full effect by July 2022

Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (File photo)
Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
On-street patios won’t be staying up year-round due to the City of Salmon Arm’s snow removal needs. (File photo)

City doesn’t support on-street patios in Salmon Arm in winter

Patios permitted to stay till end of October but then snow creates problems

On-street patios won’t be staying up year-round due to the City of Salmon Arm’s snow removal needs. (File photo)
Council chambers at Salmon Arm City Hall is returning to limited in-person meetings beginning with the city’s development and planning services meeting on Oct. 12, 2021. (File photo)

Salmon Arm council meetings return to face-to-face format

Planning meeting Oct. 12 will be first to go in-person, people can still attend virtually

Council chambers at Salmon Arm City Hall is returning to limited in-person meetings beginning with the city’s development and planning services meeting on Oct. 12, 2021. (File photo)