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Trail issues release regarding BV opting out of recreation agreement

City of Trail
By City of Trail
December 11th, 2013

The Beaver Valley (BV) Recreation, Parks and Trails Committee has informed the City of Trail that BV will not be renewing, renegotiating or extending their Recreation Services Agreement with Trail. Facilities covered by the agreement include the Trail Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Leisure Programming, Field House and Haley Park. As a result of this cancellation, all BV residents (Montrose, Fruitvale and Electoral Area “A”) will be subject to the higher rates under the Trail Resident Program (TRP) effective Jan. 1, 2014.

“The city is very disappointed the committee has decided not to renew the agreement,” said Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs. “We’ve worked hard to build strong relationships with our neighbouring communities. We have viewed Beaver Valley as a partner with respect to our recreation programs and facilities based on their level of financial support. Council will now need to consider this significant loss within the context of the 2014 recreation budget and how this decision will impact services as well as the Trail Resident Program in terms of user rates going forward.”

The five-year agreement was negotiated following the collapse of the Regional Recreation Service when all Greater Trail communities contributed to recreation and culture as part of the regional service. This agreement commenced in 2009 and called for a $200,000 financial contribution by the Beaver Valley. This rate increased each year based on the BC Consumer Price Index. Without BV’s contribution in 2014, the City of Trail will experience an immediate loss in revenue of $209,350. The city has similar agreements with the Village of Warfield and Electoral Area “B”. The Warfield agreement also expires at the end of this year and city and village officials have had positive discussions focussing on renewal.

The Beaver Valley Recreation, Parks and Trails Committee has indicated they intend to run a reimbursement program through the Beaver Valley Recreation Program. In response to this approach Bogs said, “Ultimately, this may reduce the cost to the Beaver Valley Service but it will really challenge the city to rationalize the provision of services and the city’s $3.39 million Recreation Services operating budget that does benefit the entire region. The concern going forward is to continue to provide services to outlying communities who do not want to fairly contribute to these facilities and services that are truly regional in nature. The city will be forced to look at this critically in terms of these service subsidies and how it impacts the city’s budget and taxpayers. From a regional sustainability and governance perspective, this is an unfortunate decision.”

“We are now working on reorganizing our administrative processes for all Beaver Valley residents,” said Trisha Davison, director of Trail Parks & Recreation. “There may be possible processing delays for any Beaver Valley residents who have requested recreation services starting in the new year. We will also be cancelling all BV resident TRP cards effective Jan. 1, 2014. We weren’t anticipating this and considerable resources will now be required to implement the change.”

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