They came bearing money and Sylvan Lake Mayor Sean McIntyre was happy to accept.
The mayors of the summer villages of Jarvis Bay and Norglenwold, presented cheques for $40,000 each to the town at Monday night’s council meeting, towards capital construction costs for the multiplex redevelopment project.
“Seasonal residents in a summer village typically don’t need recreational facilities, since the lake itself is the primary attraction,” said Bob Thomlinson, mayor of Jarvis Bay. “However, both the Summer Village of Jarvis Bay and the Summer Village of Norglenwold have a higher than average number of families and retired couples who live there full time. Our permanent residents want access to local recreation facilities and it’s the responsibility of our municipalities to provide them.”
Carol McMillan, Mayor of the Summer Village of Norglenwold, added, “We are independent municipalities and are responsible for paying for our own services, which we do through a combination of third party contracts and municipal partnerships. Even though recreation facilities typically charge public user fees, we recognize that those fees don’t cover the capital construction costs needed to build them.”
Noting “The Town of Sylvan Lake continues to be a valued municipal partner” which share costs on a variety of municipal services including fire protection, water supply, wastewater disposal and other lake related initiatives, Thomlinson said contributing capital funding to the multiplex project “is the most effective way for us to provide these types of facilities and services to our residents, and it benefits the town as well”.
Jarvis Bay’s permanent population is 203 based on the last official census and Norglenwold’s is 270. The $80,000 contribution from the two communities represents $170 per permanent resident or about $550 per permanent household, they calculated.
“Our two summer villages are fortunate to have a major town, and a good municipal neighbour, directly adjacent to us,” said McMillan. “Our residents support the economy in the town by shopping at local stores and restaurants, so it makes sense that we support the recreation facilities we use as well.”
Joining the two mayors for the presentation was Jarvis Bay councillor Don Gummo. Other councillors from the two summer villages were unavailable.