Stace Gander is the new manager for community services with the City of Kenora. After yesterday's committee of the whole, Gander talked about developing a model for the ongoing operations of the new art gallery.
Since he's only been in the position for a few days, Gander added he would also be reviewing information on the twinning of the rec centre arena, before making a recommendation.
Between the museum and the gallery, the city is being asked for about $480,000 in the 2019 operating budget.That's up from the estimate of about $300,000 for just the museum in 2018. The $4.5 million project received funds from the provincial and federal government, as well as private donors. The city is being asked to provide ongoing operating costs.
Supporters of twinning the Thistle Arena ice surface note Dryden and Fort Frances have twinned surfaces, which make it easier for tournaments. Opponents note the cost of the project, the recent upgrades at the Keewatin Memorial Arena, along with the opening of the conference centre at Seven Generations.
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