TRURO – It took two motions to decide, but the Town of Truro will not be giving or loaning thousands of dollars to the Rath Eastlink Community Centre for help with its grand opening.
The grand opening celebration, which will include a VIP and community welcome reception and an April Wine concert, takes place on Sept. 28. The town and Colchester County council were asked for $5,000 each to go toward the day, including the VIP reception.
Not everyone on town council agreed how to proceed.
“It’s an expensive day,” said deputy mayor Greg MacArthur, adding “any money not spent goes back into the town.”
Coun. Brian Kinsman said, “I don’t have an issue (giving the money) as long as it’s for the cost of the open house. We are co-owners” of the centre.
Coun. Tom Chisholm objected to giving the money.
“This is not the time to spend $5,000,” on such an initiative, he said.
“I want to see financial statements that the centre is running as it should be in the first year,” added Coun. Raymond Tynes.
Ultimately, council voted on the topic, with only Cheryl Fritz, Greg MacArthur and Brian Kinsman supporting the donation.
Another motion was brought to the table: to loan the centre the $5,000 with a guarantee of getting the money back by the end of next month. Only Kinsman and MacArthur supported that motion.
“I have a problem loaning money to a place already in debt (with) no way to pay it back,” said Chisholm.
Fritz said she was “not in favour of lending … we should give the money. This a community centre that took years to build. Now is the time to help (it) shine for its grand opening.”
Colchester County council had previously referred further discussion to this week’s committee meeting.