Castlegar City Council Briefs from Aug. 13
Wayne Groutage and Bob Pakula were both presented with certificates of appreciation for their service on the City of Castlegar's Board of Variance.
A group representing the Castlegar Soccer Association gave a presentation to council on Monday. Ralph Lunn and David Grantham said soccer was booming in the area with more than 450 kids playing from ages 4 to 18. Lunn thanked council and public works for their support with soccer and in keeping the fields working well. Future goals for the soccer association include expanding and improving the fields, adding lights, and having a permanent concession at Twin Rivers Park.
"Over the years I've had my son in soccer and he played right through to U18," said Mayor Lawrence Chernoff. "It's great. You need to provide something for the kids in the community. That's what helps any community is to have nice facilities to play. I like that these guys have a vision and it's not all at once. It's really a partnership between the City and minor soccer."
The mayor agrees the area would benefit from improved and expanded recreation facilities. The delegation also talked about hosting soccer tournaments in Castlegar.
"It makes sense," he said. "Tournaments are huge. Kids never come alone. They come with their parents. They love it and they spend money here. It helps build the community. If you have the facilities, people will come. They need a helping hand and I think the City can step up and do
Dan Sahlstrom and Traci Goertzen gave a presentation to council about the New Vision Housing society.
Sahlstrom thanked council for its support and introduced Goertzen as the new research intern for the group.
The society let council know about the success they had in attaining funding through the Teck Service Learning Internship Program, which enabled them to hire a student (Goertzen) and commence the preliminary research needed for the housing need and demand study.
The group said needs assessment would dictate where their focus would be.
Council agreed to send a letter thanking outgoing Castlegar Chamber of Commerce executive director Pam McLeod for her outstanding service to the City.
Council received an invitation to participate in the Kootenay Pride parade in Nelson on Sunday, Sept. 2.
"I think if we have the opportunity to go there and wave the Castlegar banner, then why wouldn't we go there and celebrate the diversity and the people that are out there," said councillor Deb McIntosh. "If we're going to be inclusive, then let's truly be inclusive and get out there and do some fun stuff."
McIntosh also urged her fellow councillors to attend the Pride event at the Element on Nov. 30.
"I think it'd be great if council members showed up to celebrate," she said. "These are our friends, our neighbours, our family. Let everyone know we are an inclusive city and that we appreciate everyone no matter what your thing is. We want to celebrate with you."