The District of Port Hardy will be lighting up the skies for Filomi Days.
Instead of giving a cash donation to the Filomi Days committee this year, the District will be paying for the fireworks which have a price tag of about $10,000.
“That’s a really good idea,” said Councillor Pat Corbett-Labatt.
Council was assured the entire amount would be used. “John (Councillor Tidsbury) likes to make things go boom,” joked Mayor Hank Bood.
Council is still waiting on an audited financial statement from the committee, which is required by all groups seeking funds from the District. “There’s some doubt about this last time (2013),” said Bood. “There was a possibility of some of the (District) funds not being dispersed as they should have been,” Bood said.
“We have a fiduciary responsibility to make sure that money is used appropriately,” Bood said. Council postponed making a decision on another request to increase the number of port-a-potties at the event. According to Director of Financial Services Allison McCarrick, the district needs to find out if the Filomi Days committee plans on offsetting some of the cost. “It’s expensive,” McCarrick said, adding the cost to clean three is $50 or more for one day.