North Glengarry antes up with more support for GSL
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.