With the sale of the Kinsmen Community Centre having been formalized, the Ponoka Community Market is looking to the town to help it explore options for another site. File photo

Ponoka Community Market now in need of new space

Council asked to help organizers find where market can re-establish in 2019

A staple on many a Monday night is now on the hunt for a space to set up and it’s calling on town council for help.

During the public forum portion of Ponoka’s town council meeting Feb. 12, Debbie Lamey appeared and spoke as one of the organizers of the Ponoka Community Market.

“We would like to know if we could get into the former library,” she stated, knowing their former site at the Kinsmen Community Centre would soon be sold.

Lamey added the site would be ideal as it would utilize the inside and the parking lot outside, while also having the green space nearby usable by customers in the summer.

Should it be made available, Lamey noted there would still be a need for tables and chairs, so the hope would be to use the ones from the Kinsmen.

Fieldhouse

Resident David McPherson asked what has happening with the town’s field house project, considering the funding appears to be unavailable.

Mayor Rick Bonnett explained the town is still battling with the province, but that administration is working on other avenues going forward as the council is committed to making something happen.

Civic duty

One other individual, Edwin Geuder, stepped up to the microphone in the council chamber to speak during the public forum and further quizzed the town over a few more items regarding the construction and lease of the Civic Centre.

In his address, he suggests that questions he posed to council in his Jan. 8 presentation were “answered, but not answered” by CAO Albert Flootman and that council didn’t directly address them. In addition, he posed questions concerning why the town started its lease payments prior to starting the interior improvements as well as before it occupied the building.

As is the case with subjects brought up during this portion, administration is tasked with coming back with answers for the next regular council meeting.



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