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General Rules on Fees and Tariffs
Gananoque Council recently received Lindsay Keefe’s email, asking to amend the General Fees and Rates By-law to add an hourly rate for parks and asked staff to bring back a report for Council’s review.
In a letter to the mayor and council, Keefe, a local yoga instructor who relies on hire, asked that an hourly rate be considered with respect to the general park fees and rates regulation.
“I’m a local yoga teacher who relies on rental (of the limited space) available in town to run classes for the community,” Keefe says in her letter to the board.
“Last summer I was new in town and wanted to teach in the parks. I did this on a voluntary basis as my income from a one hour community yoga class will not cover the cost of the daily rental fee. However, it takes a lot of time and resources (education, training, insurance, planning, organization, etc.) to teach yoga and it is unreasonable to give my time/resources on a weekly/voluntary basis just to use the space of the park. I would like to be able to earn a reasonable amount to offer my skills/services to the community (which will be my summer job) and an hourly rental rate would make this possible. Last year I was able to connect with members of the local community and tourists during the summer. I think it boosts the morale of the town to participate and see other people using the park space for healthy, community-oriented activities and it encourages other small business owners to get more involved in the community.
City Council has unanimously approved a 2022 Community Grant to the GanaRock Way Committee for $5,000.
The GanaRock Way committee has requested $5,000 towards the cost of a LE FestivILES French music concert at Joel Stone Park. The application indicates that a portion of the grant will be used to fund Joel Stone Park rental fees.
The event targets “Quebec closed” tourism and will be free. The organization has received funding through the city’s capital budget in 2021 and 2022. They have also applied for funding from the Tourism Advisory Panel (TAP) and are partnering with the BIA, Chamber of Commerce and to the Thousand Islands Accommodation Partners (TIAP).
The 2022 community grant budget is $40,000 ($15,000 from casino revenue and $25,000 from tax levy). The 2022 scholarships so far total $13,000.
Now that the request is approved, the total spent for the year would be $18,000. The remaining budget for 2022 would be $22,000.
(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works for the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)
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