Sunday , 26 September 2021

Town deciding community room’s future for groups

The Town is deciding how the community room at the town office will be used.

Since the building opened, the community room downstairs has been used for internal functions, but the Town is looking to open up usage for community groups who may need the space.

“Now it’s up to the council to determine how do you do use it,” said Mayor Gene Sobolewski on The Morning After.

“We don’t want times to be sterilized by a user gorup that says every Monday, or every Tuesday and Thursday that’s our use. We probably aren’t going to do that. There was some issue of security. I think it was fairly light in terms of the rationale…the biggest one was who’s the biggest target user group and what are the fees going to be.

“The deliberations coming from council was quite diverse, but it seemed to narrow down on to non-profit groups and looking at the aspect of no charge,” he said.

A policy will come back to council to establish how the room can be used, but the Town doesn’t want block usage or compete with other buildings.

“The idea is to try and promote general use. The instant you start having the block users, you tend to have others that may want to come in and may have a need for a room and a meeting, nonprofits, and essentially we don’t want this room competing with others in the community that will rent space and things like that,” said Sobolewski.

“That’s the connundrum that council is going to be going through.”

A grand opening for Town Hall will be held Monday, Sept. 23 with a ribbon cutting at 1pm.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.