Elizabeth Pawliuk was dressed in pink for City council’s meeting Tuesday so she and her mother Tanya could talk about how they help girls in other countries get access to school.
They will make pink lemonade and pink treats for sale at the Kamloops YM-YWCA on Oct. 11 to raise money for those girls.
That’s also International Day of the Girl Child, a United Nations initiative to recognize girls’ rights and challenges they face in getting an education.
Tanya Pawliuk is also co-ordinator for the Y’s Power of Being a Girl program; she said her elementary-school daughter is a co-ordinator in training.
Treats to support girls in school are on sale at the Y between 3 and 5 p.m.
Highland Drive project to keep critters in mind
Juniper Ridge resident Tony Brumell asked council Tuesday to make sure some there are holes in some of the no-post concrete barricades going in between the main road lanes and the multi-use path on Highland Drive.
He’s noticed about every fifth no-post along the East Trans-Canada Highway has those holes.
“They allow the small animals, critters, who have made it across the highway without being turned into something else to escape through the no-post,” he said.
“I'm concerned small animals, young animals, may get trapped on the road side.”
He also noticed a storm sewer grate set into the poured concrete curbs at the top of the road have wide gaps between the grates. He asked that the City install grates with smaller holes, so wild creatures don’t run in there to hide and end up in the storm sewer.
City utilities director Tracy Kyle assured Brumell the barriers will have holes and the final grates to be installed won’t pose a risk to small animals.
“Those are not the final grates going in, from what I understand,” she said.
“I'm glad to hear that,” Brumell replied.
Valleyview retaining wall being replaced
It wasn’t built to handle the amount of water that washes through the silty bluffs of Valleyview.
A garden-variety retaining wall has washed out behind Valleyview arena after about eight or 10 years, said City parks, culture and recreation director Byron McCorkell.
It’s now being replaced, re-using many of the same blocks, but with a deeper drainage trench to deal with the watery runoff, he said Tuesday.
Council approved a budget of $20,000 for the project, and McCorkell said that’s the maximum it will cost.
City senior managers racking up the years
The City’s finance director Sally Edwards has marked 15 years in the job, Mayor Peter Milobar said Tuesday.
Edwards came to the City from Quesnel in May 1998.
He also noted two others for their length of stay: administrator David Trawin and corporate and community affairs director David Duckworth.
The two Davids arrived in September 2003.
Duckworth came from Okanagan Falls, while Trawin moved from Terrace.
Councillors expect travel to add up
Two City councillors gave warning Tuesday that their travel expenses for the year are likely to surpass the $5,000 allotment used as a guideline.
Marg Spina, who is president of the Southern Interior Local Government Association, and Nancy Bepple, who sits on Federation of Canadian Municipalities committees, said their travel is likely to exceed that guideline.
“It's part of doing business and making sure we get Kamloops out there,” said Spina.
Mayor Peter Milobar noted council’s total travel budget of $50,000 still won’t be exceeded.