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Town put out call for hall board members

Fort Macleod residents are needed to keep the community hall running.
There are openings for up to six public members on the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall Board.
“We need public participation to form a board to run this place,” Coun. Trevor Curran said. “We’re not getting enough of that.”
Curran at the May 28 town council meeting raised the issue of a lack of public participation.
Curran, who represents council on the hall board, suggested advertising for people to serve on the hall board.
“If we had four or five new members we could call a meeting and get the board running,” Curran said.
Faced with a declining membership and rising costs of operating the hall, in 2002 the Elks Club told council that unless another group came forward to take over the building, it would close at the end of the year.
The Town of Fort Macleod agreed to buy the building for $1, and formed a volunteer board to oversee operations.
A community hall board was established, with representation from the Elks, Royal Purple, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and Rotary.
There is room for up to six public members, but those spots are open.
“I think there may be some public members out there who want to get involved,” Mayor Shawn Patience said.
Patience agreed with Curran it is time to put out a call for public members to serve on the board.
“That’s very much to the benefit of all to have a society run it,” Patience said.
Patience noted that the hall a few years ago underwent a $600,000 upgrading, thanks to community involvement and support.
“We need people to step forward,” Patience said. “We’ve put a lot of money and effort in there.”
Council wants people to apply to serve on the board by the third week in June.

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