PORT McNEILL — Council approved a request from Port McNeill Family Centre for 40 to 50 pool passes, to be used for teen swim sessions Thursday evenings at the pool. Council also approved use of the Old School gymnasium to Port McNeill teen night staff and participants on July 25 and July 29.
The request was submitted by Port McNeill teen night staffer Stephanie Ruskin and Family Centre coordinator Charlotte Johnson at council’s July 4 meeting. The group indicated it would also hold a series of fundraisers for activities during its Friday evening gatherings each week at the Family Centre, but hoped to offer swimming to the teens at the lowest possible cost.
The teen night staff plans a sports day July 25 and wanted the gymnasium available in case of inclement weather. On July 29 the organization will host its annual fundraising dance.
Council accepted a handwritten letter from Oliver Brown thanking the town for presenting him the Port McNeill Citizenship Scholarship during the 2011 North Island Secondary School graduation ceremony.
“This money will be a great help as I start my career in mechanical engineering at Camosun College,” Brown wrote.
“Once again, thank you.”
Trains are OK
Council approved drafting of a letter of support for VIA Rail Canada’s proposed improvements to the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) Railway, which discontinued passenger service between Victoria and Courtenay earlier this year after a safety inspection showed significant infrastructure improvement was necessary to allow passenger traffic on the line.
“Community rail is huge,” said coun. Shirley Ackland, who proposed and will draft the letter for council. “To not repair the rail and use that line is negligent.”