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Sicamous to get ‘modified evaluation’ in this year’s Communities in Bloom

The district will be participating in 3 categoies; heritage, environment, floral
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Sicamous will be having a modified evaluation and be judged on three categories for this year’s Communities in Bloom program – heritage, environment and floral. (File photo)

After originally withdrawing Sicamous from being judged in this year’s Communities in Bloom (CiB) contest, organizer Deb Heap updated council with a new plan for limited participation.

At the Jan. 24 committee of the whole meeting, Heap explained that rather than having a full evaluation of the community, Sicamous can choose three categories to be judged on in a modified evaluation.

For those divisions, she recommended: heritage, because of the work the committee has been doing; environmental, for upgrades the district has done – biomass, LED lighting, charging stations and more; and floral, “because of what they bring to the table.”

Heap explained because Sicamous will be having a modified evaluation, judges will only be in town for a day, as opposed to two full days for a complete appraisal.

She added there are a few things to take into consideration, such as some staff time and the community’s CiB rating.

“Because it’s a reduced evaluation, we would not get the bloom rating, so it wouldn’t sustain our 5-Bloom rating,” said Heap.

But she pointed Sicamous can still earn recognition for the three categories. “I personally think the judges’ feedback could be very useful…I think measuring progress is always a really good idea, and they measure progress.”

Though Heap acknowledged “changing direction slightly” in this year’s CiB plans, the annual Community Clean Up has not changed, still set this year for Saturday, April 27.