–SPN Council Takeaways.
This meeting was a massive one, and ended just before 10:45 p.m. As a result, the SPN Takeaways will be broken down into various items, and published over the next few days.
Regarding Grants: The following grants, amounting to $26,250, were approved on Monday night’s Council Meeting. Where the “ask” was different than the “approved” amount, the final approved number appears below in Bold.
- $7,000 to Sooke Christmas bureau: Carried
- Up to $15,000 seasonal item as a line item: Carried
- $4,100 to Sooke Food Bank: Carried
- $3,600 to Team JDF, Logins amended, providing passes are not accessible through social planning council: carried
- Sooke Community choir $1050 : carried
- $6,250 Sooke Harbour Players. Reay moved the motion that SHP be provided with $3,500. Carried.
- $5,000 for Bluegrass Festival: Pearson thinks it’s a high ask. Reay thinks they should be doing it on their own, that they’ve had a long history of funding from the District. Reay wants to see opportunities for new ideas. Logins thinks the Bluegrass festival is one of the anchor festivals in Sooke, and would like to see with an assist to rent this year’s tent for $2,000. Parkinson sees the Festival as an economic driver for Sooke, and should be supported by Council. Reay and Pearson opposed, motion carried.
- $5,000 to Sooke Food Bank: Carried.
Excess funds required would come from Council Contingency.
Councillor Reay didn’t want arts programs to keep coming to Council for funds. They need to become self-sustaining. She’s OK to commit tax payers to start programs, with seed money, but she didn’t want to promote an ongoing reliance on Council for funding. New projects, like the Harmony Project, also need seed money. So, at some point these organizations need to become self reliant.