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Kelly Lake community centre in jeopardy, society inactive since December 2014

Regional district took over ownership in 2010

A dormant community centre in Kelly Lake could lose regional district funding unless the group in charge of the hall can recruit new members and hold an annual meeting by the end of May.

The Kelly Lake Community Centre Society has been inactive since its last Annual General Meeting was held in December 2014. That puts the organization in violation of the provincial Society Act, which governs all non-profit societies.  

The building, which is the former Kelly Lake Elementary School, has been funded annually by the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) since 2006. 

In 2010 the regional district took over ownership of the property from the province with the stipulation that it be used for “community recreational purposes.” A five-year agreement for funding was signed in 2015.

The group’s violation of the Society Act offers the regional district a way out of that agreement. 

“Staff have met, emailed and telephoned with the society on numerous occasions throughout 2015 and 2016 to encourage them to hold an annual general meeting and to recruit new members,” a report from the PRRD dated April 7 states. “They have stated that they will… however, they have not yet done so.”

While the society struggles with managing “society business,” the facility itself has been kept in good condition, the PRRD says.

The regional district worries this may not continue, citing concerns about the risk of vandalism or theft if the facility is closed either permanently or for a short period of time.

At its April 14 meeting , the PRRD said it would suspend funding to the society effective immediately unless it was urgently needed and send a letter to the society urging members to meet by the end of May and decide on future plans for the facility.

If they fail to do so, the building could be given back to the province, sold or left vacant.