Extra cash for Lumby recreation

Village will put $10,000 into parks and recreation when funds available from community forest

Lumby politicians want to ensure critical community infrastructure is around for years to come.

Council voted Monday to pump $10,000 into the White Valley parks, recreation and culture function during those years when the community forest is harvesting and generating revenue for the village.

“We hope it will be every year but Lumby will need to have the money to give,” said Mayor Kevin Acton, adding that harvesting timber depends on a number of factors, including market conditions.

The White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee is a regional district function and it is responsible for a number of facilities including Pat Duke Memorial Arena and the community centre.

“Most of the structures are aging and they are in our community, and we want to give them a little bump,” said Acton of council’s decision to increase funding.

The village had requisitioned $646,906 for parks and recreation in the 2015 budget.

“The $10,000 unrestricted grant is over and above what is required by the Regional District of North Okanagan,” said  Jeremy Sundin, Lumby’s director of finance.