Free games welcome
Montague balks at paying for senior games
The games will go on, but not at the expense of eastern P.E.I.’s largest town.
Town council here agreed recently to again host the P.E.I. 55+ Games this summer, but with one proviso.
“This time without it costing us any money,’’ insisted Coun. Jim Bagnall, who said the town got led down the garden path.
Last year, the town provided a “float” of $1,500 as a way to assist the sporting event with the intention that it would be repaid.
“When it was all over the profits made were $2,000 and instead of repaying the town, that money went to Charlottetown,’’ insisted Bagnall. “I’m glad to volunteer again and to host it here, but this can’t be repeated.”
The games are a not for profit organization dedicated to the promotion of active lifestyles by seniors and more than 400 people took part in the 2015 event.
The town allowed the use of its various facilities and held the closing banquet at the curling club.
“There was strong indication from the host committee that they would be willing to assist again since volunteers feel more comfortable with what to do,’’ said the games committee in a letter. “And we have a small budget to assist with administrative support.”
Bagnall insisted the town get a commitment that it would not have to finance any activities before agreeing to host.