City of Powell River councillors voted to assist with publication of Powell River Community Foundation’s Vital Signs report.
At the September 1 meeting of city council, councillors voted to become a $2,000 gold sponsor of the report, which, according to the foundation, is a comprehensive report on the well-being of the community.
“It identifies trends and issues related to quality of life, sense of belonging, and residents’ experiences in Powell River and qathet region as a place to live, learn, work and grow,” correspondence from the community foundation to councillors stated.
Councillor Maggie Hathaway said it is a valuable document.
“In several of my different jobs in the past, I’ve referred to and used it, as well as at the council table,” said Hathaway. “I fully support their request.”
Mayor Dave Formosa offered a big thank-you to the foundation, which supports and helps finance the report.
Councillor Rob Southcott said he agreed with Hathaway’s comments.
“Before I was ever on council, I was using the Vital Signs report,” said Southcott. “It was one of the most reliable, most comprehensive and varied reports, specifically targeting our community. For this modest sum, we are getting so much.”
Formosa said even if the document is not 100 per cent accurate in every way, because there are things in it up for debate, it is a “damn good tool” in this community.
Money for the sponsorship will come from the mayor and council miscellaneous expenses account.
At the August 16 committee of the whole meeting, councillors reviewed correspondence from the community foundation, soliciting the donation.