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Vauxhall council making call out for recreation board members

Posted on February 6, 2015 by Vauxhall Advance

(*Editor’s note: The Feb. 5 edition of The Advance erroneously referred to Vauxhall council as M.D. council in the front page headline. The Advance apologizes for the error.)

By J.W. Schnarr
Vauxhall Advance
jwschnarr@tabertimes.com

The new incarnation of the Vauxhall Recreation Board will be looking for local residents interested in having some input into the future direction of sports and recreation in Vauxhall when the board gets up and running in the near future.

During their regular meeting on Jan. 19, council discussed the possibilities of a new rec board and appointed Coun. Martin Kondor to represent council on the board.

“You could say, this is going to help decide how we use the facilities, so if you want input, (you should have a member on the board),” said Kondor. He noted Vauxhall schools could also get involved. “If you want input, here’s your chance.”

“If (an organization) had someone from their committee join, it would benefit them,” said Coun. Kim Cawley.

The board would involve at least seven members, including a member from Vauxhall council as well as a member of the Municipal District of Taber council. The remaining board would be made up of members of the local community, including Vauxhall and the surrounding area.

Kondor said it would be a good idea for council to send a letter out inviting the leadership from different minor sports groups in town to submit a member to be part of the board.

Following discussion, Mayor Margaret Plumtree nominated Kondor to represent council on the Recreation Board, and he accepted.
The first order of duty may well be a revision of the current Recreation Board Bylaw, which was passed in 2009 and contains a number of issues which could be detrimental to finding members at large to serve on the board.

The biggest issue, according to Plumtree, is the fact board members are currently appointed for three years, which would have aligned them with the old term system for municipal government.

“If you’re volunteering, that’s a long time to commit,” said Plumtree.

“I know the (Vauxhall Business Society) is looking at a two-year term, so I wonder if that would be appropriate.”
“Three years is illogical,” said Deputy Mayor Richard Phillips.

“Maybe that wasn’t successful when they started it,” said Cris Burns, chief administrative officer.

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