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Summerside Coun. Gordie Whitlock
Coun. Gordie Whitlock wants a look at rental fees, discounts, in-kind donations for meeting facilities, rinks
SUMMERSIDE – Summerside Coun. Gordie Whitlock would like the city to take a second look at its policy regarding who gets free or reduced rates to use city facilities.
Whitlock put forward a resolution at Tuesday night's regular council meeting to that effect, directing the request to the city's governance, policy and strategy committee.
Whitlock's resolution asks the committee to "evaluate current rental fee structures, discounts and in-kind donations, associated with city meeting facilities and ice rinks."
"I just want us to have a clear policy so that everybody gets treated fairly, so that one group doesn't get the (Veteren's) Convention Centre for nothing and another group comes in and pays for it. Or, with the Wilmot rec centre and the St. Eleanors rec centre, there's rental fees there, some groups pay, but some groups, because of who they are, special needs or things like that, (don't necessarily pay)," said Whitlock.
He added that there is already a policy regarding the fees to rent city-owned spaces, but that council can, at its discretion, waive those fees.
It would be fairer for everyone if there was a set of hard and fast rules, that council could not contravene, regarding what groups qualified for the waiving of fees, concluded Whitlock.
The motion was passed unanimously, minus one councillor who was not present.