North Glen­garry antes up with more sup­port for GSL

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens - News

BY AN­GELA BROWN

Staff North Glen­garry is con­tin­u­ing to sup­port the Glen­garry Soc­cer League by giv­ing the strug­gling or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fice space.

Coun­cil has agreed to the Mu­nic­i­pal Recre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion Com­mit­tee (MRAC) rec­om­men­da­tion to grant the GSL a two-year lease at no charge to have an of­fice at the dome.

“The Glen­garry Soc­cer League is in the midst of re­or­ga­niz­ing,” said Deputy Mayor Jamie Mac­Don­ald. “They had asked for a three-year lease agree­ment at no charge. Their pay-back pe­riod to the town­ship for the $20,000 is two years. So we have de­cided to go with a two-year lease agree­ment at no cost to help them get back on their feet.”

Mr. Mac­Don­ald, who is also a mem­ber of the MRAC, said af­ter the two-year pe­riod, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will charge the GSL $1,500 per year for rent­ing the of­fice.

In De­cem­ber, 2014 the town­ship agreed to lend the GSL $20,000, through MRAC’s cap­i­tal fund, to pay some of the league’s bills.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion had pre­vi­ously bor­rowed $15,000 from a pri­vate firm to pay some of its ex­penses but needed to re­pay that amount by April 1 of this year.

MRAC chair Bob Lin­ney pre­vi­ously said when the GSL’s reg­is­tra­tion fees come in the or­ga­ni­za­tion will be in a bet­ter fi­nan­cial po­si­tion.

The Glen­garry Soc­cer League also had a num­ber of chal­lenges in 2014, in­clud­ing a de­crease in regis­tra­tions.

Mayor Chris McDonell said the town­ship wants to help the GSL have time to bet­ter man­age its books and to be­come more fi­nan­cially sta­ble.

“It’s only for a short time; it’s not for­ever,” adds the mayor.

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