Council to contribute $1,000 to North Peace Community Choir

Two weeks ago it appeared as though the North Peace Community Choir would not be receiving any financial help from the City of Fort St. John for their upcoming trip to Carnegie Hall in New York at the end of November. However after a review of the Council Contingency account, $1,000 will be given to the group for their trip.

The review of the Council Contingency account was completed after a recommendation by Councillor Byron Stewart at the previous City Council meeting on July 27. It was initially recommended at the time that Council not provide funding on the basis it “does not conform with the Discretionary Grant In Aid or Promotional Marketing and Giveaways Council policies’ criteria.”

The account revealed assets of $18,828, and two upcoming events that will bring the balance down to $14,628.

There was concern from City staff about setting precedent, however Mayor Lori Ackerman argued that you don’t set precedent with a contingency fund as it’s based on how Council feels about a particular project.

North Peace Community Choir came forward with a variety of sponsorship packages. The packages were $2,000+, $1,000-$1,999, $500-$999, or $499 and lower.

After considering contributing $500 to the group, it was decided that $1,000 would be a more appropriate figure given the number of locals going to take part in the 50th anniversary Handel’s Messiah performance of Distinguished Concerts International New York.