A Spallumcheen councillor says he will continue to gauge the interest in an idea to amalgamate Armstrong and Spallumcheen.
Ed Hanoski was looking to get the issue on the ballot for this fall’s elections, but failed to get a seconder to his motion after a debate involving the four council members present at Spall council Tuesday.
“They felt that it was, you know, nobody in the community was asking them, so they said they didn’t want to bring something up that the people weren’t asking about. Yet I got a call this morning from a fellow who said ‘I think that should be entertained,’ and he’s a person who lives in Armstrong,” Hanoski tells Beach radio News.
Hanoski feels amalgamation makes sense, saying the communities are inter-related in so many areas, and that will only increase as time goes on as Armstrong needs water and land.
“As time goes on, it’s going to be a little bit tough because Armstrong is running out of water. Armstrong has got problems, and they need us to supplement each time.”
Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper doesn’t feel its supported at this time.
“I would rather focus on working with Spallumcheen and getting everything that both communities need, versus amalgamation.”
Pieper says the issue seems to come up every 20 years or so, but he doesn’t see any enthusiasm from his council to pursue it at this point.
“I haven’t heard from one taxpayer that it’s on their agenda, so it’s not really on mine,” Pieper tells Beach Radio News.
Here’s Hanoski’s notice of motion (click to enlarge):