Damascus Hall, arena requests

Two local recreation centres were on the minds of councillors in Wellington North Township on Monday night.

Council noted in the rec­reation com­mittee minutes that “approximately eight mem­bers of the Damascus Hall committee attended that meeting to dis­cuss work that needed done.”

Included in the request was stonework, the roof over the kitchen, and a picnic shelter in the near future.

At that time, Mayor Mike Broomhead asked recreation coordinator Linda Spahr to contact recreation ministry representative Barb Elias about a grant for the picnic shelter.

Councillor Dan Yake asked about the “approximate” number at the meeting.

“Can’t we get an accurate count?” he quipped.

Councillor Bob Mason, who chairs recreation said the committee, is looking for council direction on the use of the old arena. He noted the local Agri­cultural Society is looking for an answer if it can use the old arena for its home and garden show, run in conjunction with the Fur and Feather Fan­ciers show in April.

He said they also want to know if the current agreement with the township covers use of the new arena.

Mason asked who should respond to them.

“Is the building still going to be under the wing of recreation?”

Mayor Mike Broomhead believes it likely would be under the direction of the build­ing and property committee by then. He noted that as of a previous meeting, council was negotiating a lease on the property.

Councillor Ross Chaulk said he believes that group was not looking until next August.

Mason again said, “They would like an answer as to whether they can have the use of it.”

But, he added “there’s no tables, no chairs, there’s not a lot left in there.”

Broomhead suggested sending the issue to the building and property committee and have it come back with a recommendation.