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March 12 Regular Council Meeting: Tentative date set for District’s grant review
Attendance: Mayor Maja Tait, Councillors Brenda Parkinson,
Bev Berger, Ebony Logins, Kerrie Reay, Rick Kasper, Kevin Pearson
Community Grants, awarded once a year by the District, may finally be considered at a meeting tentatively set for April 16.
The deadline for applications was January 15. Council deliberations were initially set for February 5, but because quorum could not be achieved, that meeting was cancelled.
According to staff, there is about $100,000 in the Community Grants account. Applications currently amount to between $60,000 and $70,000.
Councillors Ebony Logins and Kerrie Reay felt that Council should not consider late applications. Logins, in a quite an empassioned speech, noted that a deadline is deadline, and other Councils can take up to three or four months to deliberate so Sooke wasn’t doing that bad comparatively speaking. Considering late applications would be incredibly disrespectful to those organizations who had taken the time and done the planning to meet the established deadline.
Since there would be funds remaining, one suggestion from staff was to consider the late applications only after the complying applicant’s had been considered. This ran into a matter of “fairness,” as some Councillors felt that this ad hoc policy would need to be advertised, so that other “lates” have an equal kick at the funding can.
Some discussion was dedicated to considering a second intake. Council used to have two different intakes for “Category A” and “Category B” grant applications. The system was changed recently, streamlined down to one intake. It’s been changed recently, said Mayor Maja Tait at the end of the conversation, and it’s been changed for the worse.
Councillor Logins did note that the current timeline does not work for all organizations.
Also discussed at the March 12 2018 meeting
- Demamiel crossing targeted for completion this fall
- A free Cirque-de-Soleil styled nighttime performance may come to Sooke this summer
- Public Hearing allows for manufactured homes on all RU-zoned lots in Sooke
- Community clean-up effort nets $5,500 from the District of Sooke
- Tentative date set for District’s grant review
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