Stephenville Square is receiving a facelift.

Stephenville Square to receive facelift

CIty Council votes on new lighting for Stephenville Square and moves forward with plans for a meeting to be held at Stanley Humphries.

New lights for Stephenville Square

As part of its community enhancement program and budget, Castlegar city council has begun a project to clean up and enhance Stephenville Square on Columbia Ave. in downtown Castlegar. Originally a focal piece during the downtown revitalization’s original construction, the square had started to become a bit of an eyesore in recent times with overgrown landscaping and an overall sense of untidiness.

Civic works crews have already completed cleaning up the grounds and adding new mulch to the landscaping. The next step will be purchasing and installing new lighting at the square. The lighting will include canopy LED lights, enhanced tree lighting and shrub lighting. The lights will be white LED and can be left on throughout the year. The hope is that by cleaning up the area and better lighting the square, that the area will become more attractive and used by the public year round.

Date set for high school city council meeting

Council is moving ahead with a plan to hold a city council meeting at Stanley Humphries Secondary school in order to foster engagement by youth in city affairs and promote education as to the processes involved in running the city. Council has been working on this project for many months and has met with the school principal and set a date for the meeting as January 18, 2016. Council will be encouraging a group of students to attend committee meetings prior to the council meeting so they can be fully engaged in the process.