The District of Kitimat Leisure Services Department plans to raise their fees again, starting September 1.
As Covid-19 put a halt on all fee increases in the leisure services department for 2020 and most of 2021, the leisure services department recommended to council that they start adjusting the fees again as things start going back to normal.
That said, though the council gave the department permission to bring forward those changes to be part of a bylaw, a bylaw still needs to be approved by the council, in an open council meeting, before the increases and changes.
As the current monthly memberships for the recreation centres are $83.85 a month for adults and $52.50 a month for students, councillor Lani Gibson asked the leisure department, during a council meeting on May 31, if they could tailor the monthly memberships for people only wanting to use a certain part of the services offered at the recreational centre.
“Has the leisure services department thought of a pool only or gym only membership fee? […] Members of the public have approached me about that and it seems like it could be a good idea seeing as people are looking to strictly use just the gym and they’re not interested in the pool or the rink. And then there are others that are only at the pool for fitness and it might be a way to encourage more people to use our facilities, instead of them using private gyms or other options,” Gibson recommended to the director of leisure services, Martin Gould.
Gould responded to Gibson saying the leisure services advisory commission discussed the idea but determined it would be hard to differentiate who would want what and what fees would be allocated to specific functions within the recreational centres.
“How far do you go down in terms of separating fees. […]For example, if you separated a fee for the pool and for Riverlodge, what happens when the people say, well I don’t want to have my sauna and shower so why am I paying for that service. Or at the pool, what happens if the public comes back and says, I’m not a skater, squash player, or racquetball player so why am I paying for that fee,” Gould said to the council on behalf of the leisure services advisory commission.
The recommended increases and changes the Leisure Services Department plans to make are:
An overall three per cent increase to all District of Kitimat’s Leisure Services Department Fee Schedule, with the exception of shows/concerts, advertising rates, park and camping fees;
That the kiln firing package be limited to two firings per month because the use of the kiln for pottery has dramatically increased and it is heavily booked by some individuals, making it difficult for others to also use the kilns;
That youth spring ice fees of $112.90 match the fall/winter ice rental rates of $81.00 and the adult spring ice fee of $171.40 match the fall/winter ice rental rates of $219.35, as long as the ice has not been removed and requires re-installation, and all other requirements of spring ice rentals have been met;
That the youth summer fees of $219.35 match the fall/winter ice rental rates of $81.00 and the adult summer of $219.35 match the fall/winter ice rental rates of $219.35, as long as all other requirements of summer ice rentals have been met;
That the advertising rates Tamitik Arena boards, score clock/panel, ice resurfacer/panel, above the ice machine bay, lower concession ice exit, in ice advertising, sports fields, and killboards of $172 per year be increased to $240 per year, as the Leisure Services Department has not increased the advertising rates in 10+ years;
That the advertising rates of $103.25 a year for the Kitimat Ice Rink boards be increased to $144 per year;
That campground’s with electrical at Radley Park be increased from $27 per night to $28 per night and campgrounds without electrical at Radley Park be increased from $23 per night to $24 per night, and that fees at Hirsch Creek for campgrounds without electrical be increased from $16 per night to $17 per night;
And that the Leisure Services Department provide tents sized 10 by 10 to be rented at a price of $25 per day/tent and a $250 deposit per tent be added to the fee schedule.