Community Services bylaw to be amended

first_imgThe event moved to the Pomeroy Sports Centre in 2010. Organizers of the Show indicated to Council previously that the City’s benefits-based approach to calculating fees, however, has caused increases and their 2016 full seven day facility rental fees were $48,541.50. A seven-day exclusive rental agreements would qualify for a reduction of 14.29 per cent off of the full facility rental. As an example, for the CKNL Trade Show, this discount would be $6,934.50.As noted further in the report, it’s not uncommon for cities to provide discounts for longer term rentals, or a reduced fee for set-up and tear-down days.The City of Vernon is used as an example, for offering a 50 per cent discount to the normal daily rental fees for days set for set-up and tear-down.The CKNL Trade Show runs this year from April 8 – 10 at the Pomeroy Sports Centre.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Council is expected to adopt changes to a Community Services bylaw at their next meeting on Feb 22, 2016.The amendment calls for the addition of a ruling for week-long events, in the same category as non-prime time rentals and spring and summer ice rentals.This move comes after Council received a report from Administration a year ago, informing them the CKNL Trade Show was asking for a discounted fee for events week-long events. Staff members was directed to the Trade Show’s facility use fees by $8,825.13.- Advertisement -The final amended fee was $37,562.12, plus GST. Following this, staff reviewed the Fees and Charges Bylaw on the feasibility of establishing a weekly discounted fee for longer events.Adding week-long events to the bylaw means events that rent the entire facility, and are seven consecutive days in duration, can receive a discount for one day of rental at the facility for free.The Administrative report states the CKNL Trade Show has generated significant revenue for the City in terms of business licence and rental fees — which is estimated to be more than $300,000 over its 43 year period.Advertisementlast_img