Fees for private and semi-private lessons at the Ferny Coombe Pool could be going up next year. (District of Kent Community Recreation and Cultural Centre/Facebook)

Kent fees going up for some recreation, office services

Carafes of coffee will cost $15 at the CRCC, while private lessons at the pool will be $27

It will cost a little bit more to get things like a carafe of coffee or a large photocopy from the District of Kent.

On Monday night (Sept. 16) council gave three readings to a bylaw that would change a number of parks and recreation fees, as well as some office administration fees.

These include an updated fee of $32 an hour for additional staff at the Ferny Coombe Pool (for a minimum of two hours) and new fees of $27.05 per half hour for private lessons and $18.73 per half hour for semi-private lessons at the pool.

Swim meet fees were also updated to include maintenance for the set up and take down; this had been included for past swim meets, but hadn’t been officially part of the fee bylaw.

A new charge for the Community Recreation and Cultural Centre was also added — $15 per carafe for coffee service in the centre — as well as a clarification on group camping fees, specifying that it has to be for non-profit or charitable organizations that bring benefit to the district.

Sports fees also saw some changes that had previously been discussed with the Agassiz Two-Pitch League earlier this year.

The tournament rate for local users has been removed, and a $500 deposit per tournament for the two-pitch league was added.

This $500 deposit came from discussions with the District of Kent about fees for the Agassiz Two-Pitch League back in April.

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The league was worried about being charged a higher rate for tournaments, which had increased the costs for the local league.

In April, council decided to keep the hourly rate for local use of sports fields and diamonds, but add a $500 deposit to help cover staff costs in case an excessive amount of garbage was left behind.

In addition to the parks and recreation fees, the District of Kent also approved two changes to its office administration fees.

Those requesting photocopies of documents larger than 11 inches by 17 inches will now have to pay $3 per black and white photocopy and $5 per colour photocopy. (Photocopies under that size remain 50 cents for black and white, and $2 for colour.)

Photocopies of utility statements, for anyone who isn’t the owner, will also cost $5 — the same as a copy of a tax notice or statement.

Pool fees will come into effect for the 2020 season, while all other fees will come into effect when the bylaw is officially adopted.



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