This letter is in response to the Year In Review in The Daily News (Dec. 28). The information you printed regarding the City of Kamloops Rube Band is incorrect.
To quote your newspaper: “Feb. 1 – The City of Kamloops Rube Band asks the City to honour a decades-old agreement so it can continue to get free use of municipal facilities for its rehearsals. The band says it can’t afford the $5 per hour fee.”
The City of Kamloops Rube Band wishes to set the record straight.
Currently the City of Kamloops Rube Band pays the City $29.45 per hour to rent the City facility known as the Kamloops Yacht Club.
Since our rehearsals are booked for two hours each Monday evening we pay a total of $58.90 each week back to the City of Kamloops in facility fees.
Regarding the decades-old agreement. The City of Kamloops Rube Band requested that the current City council honour a “gentlemen’s agreement” between the City of Kamloops, the former (disbanded) Kamloops Yacht Club and the Kamloops Rube Band.
This agreement, which dates back to the early 1980’s, granted free use of the City facility known as the Kamloops Yacht Club to the City of Kamloops Rube Band in perpetuity.
This was established at the time the Kamloops Yacht Club facility was donated to the City of Kamloops by the former Kamloops Yacht Club.
Our other request or solution was for the City to increase our community grant funding to offset the costs associated with use of only this City facility.
We hope this clarifies this issue.