The Parksville Community Centre. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville officials have long had concerns regarding cost of operating city’s community centre

Financial issues date back to 2015

Parksville city council said concerns about finances for the Parksville Community Centre date back to 2015.

A public release issued on Wednesday, Dec. 9 reiterated council intends to work with the Boys and Girls Club of Vancouver Island and provide them with a facility space. The Parksville Community Centre Society (PCCS) agreement will not be renewed when it expires on Dec. 31.

“Further to city news releases on Oct. 20 and Dec. 1, at the Dec. 7 meeting, Parksville council agreed to rise and report to provide to the public, previously confidential information related to the Parksville Community Centre. Some items remain confidential in accordance with Section 90 of the Community Charter. As the public is aware, since 2015, previous Parksville councils were concerned about the ongoing costs to operate the facility,” read the release.

”Council believes this information will demonstrate to the public that extensive consideration and debate about the PCCS has occurred by this council and previous councils,” said Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne in the release.

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An included document with the release detailed the council’s resolutions related to the Parksville Community Centre Society since 2015 and provided a timeline and context to decisions.

From the document, the first notation of financial concerns regarding the PCC came in June of 2015.

Later the same year, on Dec. 7, council issued an invitation to the centre’s board of directors to a closed meeting “to be held at a mutually convenient date and time” to discuss the future operation, revenue generation and staffing requirements of the centre. That discussion took place on Dec. 14, 2015.

In September of 2016, council carried the motion to approve $3,000 to cover the cost of a facilitated strategic planning session, to be held on Sept. 10, 2016, with the board of the PCCS and the council of the City of Parksville. Funding for that strategic planning session was provided from accumulated surplus.

The full list and included document to the release can be found at the City of Parksville’s website.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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