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Pemberton council grudgingly hands $3,500 to service society

Councillor fed up that organization did not show for meeting to discuss fund application



The Village of Pemberton handed $3,500 to Sea to Sky Community Services on Tuesday, but not before registering its dissatisfaction with the lack of attendance by the people requesting it.

The Village got a request for $5,000 out of its Community Enhancement Fund at its June 21 council meeting, money that would go to the organization to assist it with the construction costs of installing a children's playground at the Cottonwood Community Centre.

Councillor Ted Craddock was the most vocal of council members noting the fact that no one from Sea to Sky Community Services showed up before council when the request came up.

"This has happened the last three times we've given money out," he said. "If you don't show up, we put it off to the next meeting. I think it's a pretty easy thing, there's no reason somebody couldn't have been here today."

Sea to Sky Community Services estimates the total cost of moving the playground from the old Pemberton Meadows Daycare facility to the new community centre is $13,000. The organization has already raised $1,000 through fundraising initiatives and has applied to the Ministry for Child and Family Development for another $2,000.

The organization applied to council hoping that a $5,000 contribution would be matched by funds from Area C of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.

Lois Wynne, executive director of Sea to Sky Community Services, said the staffer handling the file was out of town this week and claims she was never told she needed to be at the council meeting.

"I feel sick about that," she said. "I would definitely have been there or one of my staff from Pemberton would have been there. Maybe there was a miscommunication, we weren't aware that we should be there and that's just darn bad. I feel bad about that."

Council members generally agreed with Craddock's statement but Sheena Fraser, the Village's manager of administrative services, said it isn't legally necessary for applicants to speak at council before requesting money.

"The application process does not require them to come to make a presentation prior to the project being completed," she told council. "But it does require them to make a presentation after the project's completed, talking about how the money was spent."

The last time Sea to Sky Community Services requested money from the Community Enhancement Fund was in 2008, when it got $1,234.80 to go towards the purchase of bicycles for the Pemberton Meadows Daycare facility.


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