Special Olympics BC – Powell River chapter will again be sponsoring its annual Christmas tree mulch in January.
At the December 5 city committee of the whole meeting, councillors reviewed correspondence from Special Olympics BC – Powell River chapter representative Jackie Milsom, who was looking for continued support from the city in collecting trees on January 7, 2024.
Councillor Trina Isakson said she was not sure of what the request was, so she was looking for clarity regarding what had been done before with the annual Christmas tree mulch.
Councillor and committee chair George Doubt said the request was to use staff time and city vehicles for the mulch at the end of the Christmas season.
Councillor Cindy Elliott said it is important to note the date of the mulch is January 7. She said typically, city staff support the event.
Elliott made a motion to accept the correspondence and make sure that people know the day for tree mulching.
Corporate officer Chris Jackson said within the city’s delegation bylaw, it is within the authority of the director of infrastructure to implement the city’s participation in the tree mulch.
Deputy corporate officer Jessica Lefort said the motion was that staff support the event and the city promote the date. Council voted unanimously in favour of the motion.
Milsom, in her correspondence, said Special Olympics is back to offering all its programming to the athletes and with that comes the cost of offering these programs and minimal or no cost, which requires ongoing fundraising, with events such as the Christmas tree mulch.
“We appreciate the support of the City of Powell River in past,” stated Milsom, “and we look forward to your continued support.”