At the May 28, 2018 Regular Council Meeting, elected officials voted unanimously to support the Sooke Seniors Project.
The request, passed by Council, included that council commit in principle the entire already-existing reserve fund for the Sooke Seniors’ Drop in Centre (an amount of $252,577.53), and that Council commit in principle a portion of Lot A for the Seniors facility.
This commitment would enable the Sooke Seniors group to conduct a feasibility study, and to secure $50,000 in grant funding from BC Housing.
“If we miss this moment we may never get the opportunity again,” wrote Roy Brown, the Chair of the Age-Friendly Committee in a letter to Council. “We are looking at a 24 unit to 36-unit affordable seniors housing project above the Centre – approved in principle by BC Housing.”
The Seniors group has indicated the facility would be available for shared use with local youth.
Also as a part of this discussion, Council agreed to meet as a Committee of the Whole to discuss the vision for Lot A. Councillor Logins has long been asking Council to conduct this type of planning. While no motions can be passed at the Committee of the Whole (a less formal type of meeting), they can make recommendations which are then considered at a future Regular Council Meeting.
“It might be worth mentioning,” writes Brown in the closing of his letter, “the years of volunteer time and cash raised from Sooke seniors’ group’s own sources [is $55,000].
By this vote, the Sooke Seniors group has achieved agreement in principle. To actually transfer the earmarked funds, a bylaw amendment would have to come before Council.
From the May 28 2018 meeting
- Delegation: Lewers’ family asks the District to stand by their bylaws
- Senior Centre gets support in principle from District of Sooke
- Third reading to rezone ViewPointe Estates fails
Attendance: Mayor Maja Tait, and Councillors Ebony Logins, Brenda Parkinson, Bev Berger, Kevin Pearson,
Kerrie Reay, Rick Kasper