No clear direction is in place for how to provide concession services to Creston and District Community Complex users, Regional District of Central Kootenay directors John Kettle, Garry Jackman and Larry Binks, and Creston Mayor Ron Toyota were told at Monday’s Creston Valley services committee meeting.
RDCK staff outlined three options to the directors: provide concession services in-house using the complex’s staff, once again put out a request for proposals from the private sector and request proposals to operate a concession from facility user groups.
Little interest was shown previously from the private sector, but at that time the requirement was that a concessionaire would have to pay for construction and equipping the facility. A plan is now in place to finish the room and equip it.
“We cannot go into another hockey season without a concession,” Kettle said.
•A report outlining the possible addition of a gymnastics facility to the community complex indicates a construction cost of nearly $2 million. Kettle contends that actual construction costs for a standalone building should be only a third of what the report indicates. He argued that an airplane hangar-like building should suffice.
•Minor renovations and a new access plan for the arena sound booth will be undertaken to improve its use for public address purposes.
•The committee approved a plan to review the way all cemeteries in the area are maintained. Kettle has raised objections to the cost of maintaining the Town of Creston’s cemetery in Erickson and has threatened to withdraw funding for the service. Former RDCK treasurer Barry McLean will provide a review on a contract basis.