Bluewater Seeking Funding for Community Recreation Coordinator

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BLUEWATER – The municipality is looking to apply for a grant to support the hiring of a new Community Recreation Coordinator.

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Councilors directed staff to apply for funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund at the April 4 regular council meeting. The fund aims to support communities as they recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a report presented to councillors, the proposed Community Recreation Coordinator would be responsible for planning recreation programs using city parks and facilities, creating a fundraising strategy and developing a volunteer management program for municipal programs.

“It’s extremely encouraging,” the adviser said. Peter Walden. “I think this is a really positive step to coordinate our facilities, to help us market them, to make better use of our facilities and to reduce some of the overall costs. I’m honestly very excited about it.

“Bluewater has to keep pushing this stuff to be Bluewater,” he added.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bluewater’s facilities have experienced a decline in usage. If the grant application is successful, the municipality could receive up to $100,000 per year for two years to pay for the proposed position that will address some of the issues created by the pandemic, such as decreased usage.

Although the motion to obtain a grant for the position passed unanimously, some councilors had doubts as to whether the position could remain beyond the proposed two-year term.

“I support the two-year term to get things done, but a full-time position I don’t think I could see happening,” Coun said. Scott Harris.

“The goal is that this person is not rehired,” said Mayor Paul Klopp. “They have a mandate, and that’s their job.”

Walden said he would like to see councilors keep an open mind about the position going forward if it turns out to have been a benefit to the municipality.

“If we’re doing extremely well, we have to keep an open mind,” he said.