During their July 9 meeting, members of Clearwater’s town council rejected a recommendation that the renovation of washrooms and building of a concession stand at Capostinsky Park be put under budget consideration for 2014.
The objective was to have staff to develop a concept and costs so they could be included in the budget, said councillor Jon Kreke.
The facilities are getting old and are well used, but the question is, can the municipality afford new ones, he said.
Ken Kjenstad pointed out that the present concession stand was adequate for the crowds that came out for the provincial softball championships held the previous weekend.
“We’ll never have more than we had on the weekend,” he said. “What is there is adequate for now.”
Sportsplex rates go up
Clearwater council approved increasing the ice/dry floor rental at the North Thompson Sportsplex.
Youth activities will go up two per cent, and the monthly “no charge” hours will be eliminated.
The charges for adult activities are to go up five per cent.
Council also approved reducing the rental season for the Wells Gray Curling Club by one month, with no reduction in the annual rental rate of $13,770.
Bampton Park viewpoint
Town council voted to have staff investigate the feasibility of excavating part of the Bampton Park property to establish a viewing and parking area.
The upper portion of the property, which is located northeast of Dutch Lake beach, would be a good place for a picnic area, councillor Jon Kreke noted.
Material excavated to make the picnic and viewing area could possibly be disposed of in the large hole on the other side of Highway 5.
Power on the UBCM agenda
Council approved directing staff to request a meeting with Premier Christy Clark at the Union of BC Municipalities convention this fall to talk about the need for adequate power for the North Thompson and Robson valleys.
Barry Banford said other communities should be involved in the initiative too. If Clearwater got a chance to talk with the premier, all the time should not be spent talking about one issue, he said.
Chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx said other communities had asked Clearwater to take the lead in asking for the meeting on the question.