By Don Crosby
For the Confederate
After lengthy negotiations and prodding, Southgate finally has a draft recreation agreement with Wellington North.
“It seems like it’s been a drawn out, dragged out affair,” said Councillor Pat Franks, who is Southgate’s representative on the Wellington North Recreation Committee.
Southgate for years has contracted with Wellington North for use of the sports complex in Mount Forest for use by the residents of the Holstein area. But getting an agreement with Wellington North has never been easy.
Deputy Mayor Norm Jack said trying to get a recreation agreement with Wellington North has been a struggle for more than a decade.
Last year Wellington North didn’t receive payment from Southgate because of a failure to come to an agreement.
“Last year they didn’t get paid because they didn’t have an agreement in place. You snooze you lose,” said Councillor Franks. “Here we are into the eleventh month of this year and we’re still scrambling.”
Under the four year draft agreement, which is retroactive to January of this year, Southgate will pay $21,900 a year for use of the recreation complex. Annual increases are tied to the consumer price index.
The Wellington North recreation director is to provide Southgate with quarterly reports on the ice related activities of the recreation complex. Payment by Southgate is tied to receiving those reports.
Mayor Brian Milne said he’s received assurances from Wellington North Mayor Ray Tout that with a new municipal treasurer things will go smoother.
“Maybe that will help. I don’t know. We’ll wait and see,” said Councillor Franks. She said is looking forward to continuing on as Southgate’s representative on the Wellington North recreation board.