Fes­ti­val Hall agmt. ex­tended

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City coun­cil has agreed to ex­tend the cur­rent man­age­ment agree­ment for Fes­ti­val Hall for the next two years.

The Fes­ti­val Hall Con­sor­tium com­prised of the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Pem­broke, the Town of Petawawa and the Town­ship of Lau­ren­tian Val­ley en­tered into a man­age­ment agree­ment re­gard­ing the op­er­a­tion of the

Hall for a pe­riod of three years end­ing June 30, 2018.

The new deal al­lows for two oneyear ex­ten­sions un­der the same terms and con­di­tions as the orig­i­nal agree­ment, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Terry Lapierre ex­plained to coun­cil­lors last week. Each part­ner mu­nic­i­pal­ity cur­rently con­trib­utes $1.25 per capita to­wards the con­tract to man­age Fes­ti­val Hall. This amount will not change as a re­sult of the pro­posed ex­ten­sions.

“It will not have an im­pact on what each mu­nic­i­pal­ity con­trib­utes,” said Lapierre.

Based on the per­for­mance of the con­trac­tor, it is the rec­om­men­da­tion of the ap­pointed mu­nic­i­pal rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the Con­sor­tium that the coun­cil of each part­ner mu­nic­i­pal­ity ap­prove the two one-year ex­ten­sions, Lapierre said. At the end of the ex­ten­sions, a re­quest for pro­pos­als will be ini­ti­ated re­gard­ing the fu­ture man­age­ment of the fa­cil­ity. Coun­cil­lors gen­er­ally praised the ef­forts of Rick Whar­ton, has served as di­rec­tor of Fes­ti­val Hall Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts for the past five years.

“This is a great de­ci­sion that was made,” said Coun. Pat Lafre­niere, chair­woman of the plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee. “The ser­vices be­ing pro­vided to the three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties by Mr. Whar­ton has been ex­cel­lent,”

“Cer­tainly they are bring­ing a lot of shows and keep­ing the hall rented out,” added Coun. Chris­tine Reavie.

While Lau­ren­tian Val­ley has ap­proved the ex­ten­sion, a de­ci­sion still has to come from Petawawa.

Rick Whar­ton

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