Sharon Karn of the Humber Valey Speed Skating Club waits to go into a meeting with some of the Western Sports and Entertainment Board and Pepsi Centre general manager Willie Smith.
CORNER BROOK Representatives of the concerned users of the Pepsi Centre group presented the public petition opposing rate hikes to board members of Western Sports and Entertainment Thursday.
There were eight members of the group at a meeting at the Pepsi Centre that lasted close to an hour. The group again expressed their concerns about the 10 per cent rental fee increase they will be subjected to in September. It was also another opportunity to relay their displeasure about maintenance and service they receive at the facility.
Allan Kendall, chair of the board, and two other members, along with general manager Willie Smith, listened to those concerns, and expressed their desire to continue the public engagement that has transpired in recent weeks. The board and staff are concentrating on establishing a new culture at the facility, and are looking to collaborate with the community on new ideas and building better partnerships.
The petition had 857 signatures — 540 on paper and 317 online at www.petitionsite.com.
The group has asked the board to reconsider the increase this year, and find other sources of revenue or savings within its budget.