Masset council has voted to donate its community hall to the Old Massett youth program for a youth gathering welcoming dinner Aug. 18.
Councillors made the decision Monday night, after reading a letter from youth worker Harmony Williams.
Ms Williams said the youth had been planning to hold the welcoming dinner at the Old Massett hall, but it has been closed due to an infestation of bats.
“The problem is they are a protected species so at this time we are unsure if the problem can be dealt with by Aug. 18,” she wrote.
Ms Williams is expecting 500 guests to attend the dinner. Approximately 200 guests are coming from off-island, and they will be sleeping overnight in the Masset community hall after the dinner.
Masset council also voted to allow the youth group to use the village’s roller rink for a sunrise dance starting Sunday night (Aug. 21) and ending at 5 am Monday morning.
Council members said they were reassured by Sgt. Jim Vardy, who told them he fully supports the youth gathering and will be making sure that there is a police presence throughout the weekend.
In other Masset news:
o Council decided to hold a public hearing Aug. 29 at 7 pm to deal with a liquor licence application from Players Lounge (above the Seabreeze restaurant).
o Almost every berth in the new marina has been leased and calls are still coming in from people who want berths, administrator Trevor Jarvis said. Council members said chief financial officer Kim Mushynsky deserved special thanks for her role in the project.
“It wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for Kim’s work and dedication,” said mayor Barry Pages.
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