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Tottenham Lions Club seeks rate reduction as fewer members to cover it

Posted April 14, 2014

The Tottenham and District Lions Club is turning to New Tecumseth at its time of need for relief from the annual maintenance fees charged on its meeting room and storage space at the Community Centre.

In a letter dated April 3rd signed by the Lions executive, councillors are reminded that the Tottenham Lions donated their original hall to the former Village in the 1970s, which was incorporated into the arena/community centre development. In exchange the service club was provided meeting and storage space and charged a fee for cleaning etc.

"On an annual basis these fees add to $3,932.40," according to the letter. "When the club had close to forty members this was manageable, but with numbers now below twenty, it has become an embarrassing amount per capita in order to carry on our charitable work."

Among the club's notable projects over the years listed include its purchase of Queen Street property that was used for the library; helped develop the Conservation Area into beach and picnic area, founded the Bluegrass Festival; and supports various organizations and causes.

"Is it possible the Council could see fit to reduce the maintenance fees in order that the Club can continue the local and global charitable projects it has been engaged in since 1969?"

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