Community Hall applying for $40,000

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, November 28 2017

The Gabriola Island Community Hall Association (GICHA) will be applying for $40,000 in Community Works funds from the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN).

That according to Joyce Babula, GICHA President, during the Annual General Meeting of GICHA.

Howard Houle, RDN Director for Gabriola, Mudge and DeCourcy islands, had recommended that GICHA apply for the Community Works funds as an alternative to the GICHA Board’s pursuit to gain $40,000 per year through the tax roll.

Babula confirmed after the meeting that the Board would be applying for the funds.

“We will continue to apply for money wherever we can.  

“Community Works funds is one avenue and we need to make a decision about which project is the priority.

“There are numerous pressing projects like a generator, new flat roof, storage room, but all this needs discussion with our new Board on Dec. 11.”

Babula said the Board intends to continue “to pursue ongoing funding via taxation but again, we need a discussion with the new Board. Nothing to report at the moment except that we are in discussions.”

According to Treasurer Richard Strachan’s report at the AGM, the Community Hall rental income was up $2,200 this past year, mostly due to an increase in the rental rate.

The annual Salmon Barbeque made an additional $1,400 this year compared to 2016. In all, the Community Hall ended the year with a surplus of $5,030, compared to a deficit of $3,793 the previous year.

Houle said the RDN is not looking at putting the hall on the tax rolls.

“At the September 22 meeting with RDN staff, the Community Hall representatives were told that there was no way to put the Community Hall on the tax rolls as the hall provides no fundable service. A service needs to be administered by a service bylaw and a department. 

“GERTIE is administered from the transit department. 

“The Gabriola Recreation Society is administered by the recreation department. 

“There is no department of community halls as no community hall in the Regional District is on the tax rolls and therefore no staff to administer the service.”