At Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Sooke Council moved to recommend four community service agreements for ratification at the next Regular Council meeting, to be held on November 14, 2017.
Up for renewal will be the following:
Sooke Community Association
Mr. Karl Linell, President of the Sooke Community Association, asked for $28,000 plus a 2% annual increase for the next five years. He noted the money they are applying for is strictly for the Community Hall. They currently run around 14 fridges including for Meals on Wheels, Food Bank. In the submitted report, it was noted that the costs the SCA about $5,000 a month to operate the hall. This does not include cleaning supplies, paper goods, light bulbs or the cost of replacing cleaning equipment. He did note that Community Hall rentals were down, as they had lost “quite a few weddings” to the hotel.
The Community Association provides space in the Community Hall to a number of local groups either free or at a reduced charge, including Meal on Wheels, the Sooke Food Bank, Lions, Salmon Enhancement, Senior’s Bridge and Bus club, and a variety of local sports groups.
They do not charge for electricity, heat, hot and cold water and gas for kitchen stove, with 14 fridges or freezers in use continually at hall.
Sooke Regional Historical Society
Al Bedows and Lee Boyko presented. In 2017, they received $21,225 from the District, and before that it was $20,400. They asked for increases on their grant by 2% plus an additional $2,000 to set the contribution to $23,650 for the 2018 year. In 2019 they asked for a 2% plus an additional $2000 for a total of $26,123. The additional $2,000 each year for the next two years is to cover the increase for minimum wage. Thereafter, the increase would be 2% per year, for the remaining three years. It was noted that the Evening Market was growing every year, and that in turn increased the number of visitors to the Sooke Region Museum and gift store.
These funds to towards the operation of the Visitor Information Centre, located at 2070 Phillips Road and sharing the facility with the Sooke Region Museum. This centre has been there for 40 years, and
Sooke Region Tourism Association
Ryan Chamberlain and Lee Boyko presented. They currently receive $23,000 per year from Sooke, and asked to see that continued for the next five years.
Their mission is “to tell visitors about the wonders of our region and to help locals to share it.”
Their core functions are the “flat map production and distribution” (this may be reference to the Circle Route map), Lure Leaflet distribution as a part of the Sidney Sooke Partnership, the Visitor Guide, and Website Maintenance.
Sooke Region Communities Health Network
In the past, they have received $17,500.00. They were asking for $22,500, to help them secure a “home” base. They are at risk of losing their space in CASA because they are in there part-time. They want to secure that space full time. They also want to increase the coordinator’s hours so they can look for more funding and more liaisons.
The Sooke Region Communities Health Network is a partnership of residents, service providers, and local governments. SRCHN still relies on the benefits of funding to support and continue its work, and charitable status, improving its ability to achieve sustainability in structure and membership.
Current SRCHN Committees include the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre, the Steering Committee and the Age-Friendly Committee.
Committees of the Whole cannot make motions, but they can recommend motions go before the next regular council meeting. These recommendations were all unanimously approved by Council, and they will next go before Regular Council for motions to approve. Given that four of the elected officials attended tonight’s meeting, if at the very least all four show up at the next regular council meeting and support their recommendations from this evening, they will achieve the majority to pass the motions.
Present were Mayor Maja Tait, and Councillors Ebony Logins, Brenda Parkinson and Kevin Pearson; absent were Rick Kasper, Bev Berger, and Kerrie Reay.