Lloydminster City Council has approved the Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant policy.
The policy was brought up at a meeting on July 27, when they asked if it was feasible to have the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Advisory Committee make the recommendations on the Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program allocations.
An advisory committee was initially struck by FCSS to deal with money the city received from the Government of Alberta, but of course being a border city, they receiving funding from Saskatchewan as well.
“What we proposed is that same group that was struck last year, and approved by city council, will also administer the Saskatchewan lottery funding money,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
He noted there was no need to create the same committee two times over.
“We don’t need two committees. We have one committee of individuals across the city, we have a department at the city that deals with it, so it was just bringing it all together under one,” explained Aalbers.
The Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program is a partnership among Sask Sport Inc., SaskCulture Inc., and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association. The goal of the program is to get people involved in sport, culture and recreation activities by enabling communities to address the needs of local residents.
Coun. Jonathan Torresan voiced how he thought it was a good idea giving the community a say through the advisory committee on what the money goes towards.
“We think it’s a good way for the community to get a say in where these things are going, rather than having some arm of city management making the decisions,” he said.
However, there was a discussion brought up by Coun. Ken Baker on the wording in the policy that pertained to penalties.
The document states “Any member of administration found to be in violation of this policy may be subjected to a disciplinary action. Such action may be dependent upon the nature of the breach of this policy; discipline may range from a written warning to dismissal with cause.”
After discussion, Baker said maybe he was misunderstanding what administration had meant.
His main concern was offending volunteers – the FCSS advisory committee is operated by volunteers - with the wording of penalty in the policy.
“It’s hard to get volunteers, and I wanted to make sure that we weren’t imposing conditions on volunteers that would scare them away. As we all know volunteers are hard to get and we appreciate their time, not only helping city council, but helping everywhere in the city,” he said.