A request to the Town of Ponoka by the Ponoka Kinettes to donate labour and services for the Centennial Park Playground project has been denied.
Town councillors turned down the request Tuesday, Jan. 13 during a regular meeting over concerns of liability and staff availability during a busy season.
“That would mean we’d have to have it (services) after hours and on the weekend,” explained CAO Rachel Kunz.
She said providing equipment to volunteers of the project would probably be a liability as the town only insures employees. If staff volunteered and got hurt using town equipment that would also be a liability, as an injury would not be covered by workers’ compensation.
Coun. Carla Prediger suggested the request should have come earlier. “If you’re looking at something that’s labour intensive versus monetary, you’ve got to give us some time.”
Mayor Rick Bonnett agreed. “It could’ve been arranged at budget time.”
The Kinettes and Lions Club are working together to build a new playground at Centennial Park and have already received $25,000 from the town to help with the project.