The Port Clements recreation commission is in danger of disappearing unless some fresh volunteers come forward immediately, councillor Gerry Johnson warned Monday night (Oct. 18).
Mr. Johnson, a longtime member of the rec commission, said the group is down to five members who have been contributing all the energy they can.
“We’re burnt out and fried,” he told his fellow council members. “We just can’t do it.”
The consensus at the last meeting was that new members must come forward or the commission will collapse, he said.
The rec commission organizes fun community events like the annual Canada Days celebration and brings movies to town. The commission receives a chunk of money from the village council every year to spend however it likes, Mr. Johnson said. And it will play an important role in the future, if it still exists, as the town builds its new multi-purpose complex, he added.
The next rec commission meeting is Nov. 3. If you’re interested, come out then, or get in touch with Mr. Johnson or chair Bev Lore. Mr. Johnson said the commission will pay babysitting fees, so don’t let that hold you back.
In other Port news:
Â• Councillor Lisa Gyorgy offered to organize the Remembrance Day ceremony again this year.
Â• Council agreed to let the Port school use the community hall kitchen free of charge once a month to prepare international lunches, as long as the kitchen is kept clean and as long as no one else wants to rent it.
Â• According to a submission prepared by clerk Dana Schmidt, Port spent $18,000 on remuneration for council members in 2003, with $6,100 going to councillor Gerry Johnson, $3,700 to Lisa Gyorgy, $3,500 to mayor Dale Lore, $2,600 to Jukka Efraimsson and $2,100 to Paul Waring. Council members’ expenses totalled just over $24,000, with $10,000 of that going to cover Ms Gyorgy’s expenses, $6,000 to Mr. Lore, $4,600 to Mr. Johnson, $1,800 to Mr. Efraimsson and $1,600 to Mr. Waring.
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