The following comes from the Sooke Soccer Club’s Facebook page, and is published here on request. In addition to welcoming the elected mayor back and witnessing the reading of a motion that modifies how the public can access Council, today’s meeting may be well attended by the public.
Below is a letter from JDF REGIONAL DIRECTOR MIKE HICKS…we need your support at District of Sooke meeting Monday April 11th. We are gathering in parking lot at 630pm. Meeting at 7pm. We are well on our way to getting a turf field so come out and represent Sooke SC!
Dear Mayor and Council,
I understand that Herb Haldane is presenting, on behalf of the community association a request for the District of Sooke to provide some funding towards an all weather field. I was hoping to clarify the commitment the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area has made towards this possible partnership.
On Oct. 8, 2014 the following motion was passed at the CRD Board:
That a contribution of $300,000 to the Sooke and Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Service from the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area portion of the CRD’s Federal Gas Tax Community Works Fund (CWF) be authorized toward development of an artificial playing field by the end of 2018, subject to confirmation of the project and funding by the District of Sooke; and, in the event the District of Sooke chooses not to participate in the development of the playing field, that funds from the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area portion of the CWF not be contributed.
The $ 300,000 is a huge commitment ( 20% of our 10 year Gas Tax Fund) from the Juan de Fuca and I had hoped that the District would match in our usual formula ( 1/3 JDF/2/3 Sooke) with an additional $ 700,000. Our combined million dollar commitment should put the field within reach with additional support from grants, the School District and recreational clubs.
I appreciate the difficulty in prioritizing your expenditures, but if you decide to join this venture, the Juan de Fuca will be proud to partner with our Sooke neighbors and build this field of dreams for our youth.
Juan de Fuca Electoral Area