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Powell River Politicians Support Regional Recreation Discussion GroupCity of Powell River
POWELL RIVER - Powell River region’s three local governments have agreed to form a small working group to examine the ramifications of the recent study on regional recreation.
At the C3 (community to community to community) meeting between the Tla’amin Nation, Powell River Regional District and City of Powell River, held Wednesday, March 1, representatives of the three governments agreed to establish a smaller committee to make recommendations about the Expanded Regional Recreation Initiative Study (ERRIS).
At 120 pages in length, the ERRIS document presented 160 recommendations, coming from a year-long study into the prospect of making recreation more of a regional function. There was considerable discussion at the C3 meeting centred around the Powell River Recreation Complex and how residents outside of the city might become financially participatory in its operation.
Tla’amin Hegus Clint Williams told the meeting that Tla’amin residents consistently use city recreational services and that he was supportive in principle of “chipping in our share of expenses” if contribution was fair and equitable. Williams said it would be similar to the negotiation held regarding Tla’amin’s participation in the Powell River Public Library.
Mayor Dave Formosa said that up until eight years ago there had been an inequity, where regional residents were paying a surcharge to access the recreation complex, to compensate for the fact there was no regional taxation being collected for the operation of the facility. He said, however, that the current level of expenses for recreation is not affordable for the city alone.
“The time for the city bearing the cost for something we all use has got to come to an end,” he said. “If you [the regional district] go to referendum or have some accurate way of measuring the opinion of your people, that’s all we ask.”
Throughout the meeting there was a diversity of viewpoint expressed by the 17 elected officials present and a consensus formed about pursuing more discussions on this important matter.
Patrick Brabazon, the regional district board chair and chair of Wednesday’s C3 meeting, said several people had suggesting forming a smaller working group, and that the C3 meeting itself was not a decision-making body.
“The mandate has to come from Tla’amin, the City and the Regional District Board and then they could go forward and do their good work,” Brabazon said. “There’s a strong indication from this group to get a smaller group to get down to the nitty gritty.”
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Mac Fraser, Chief Administrative Officer