Truro council approves amended RECC operating agreement

Truro town council has approved an amended operating agreement for the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

The original agreement between the town, the Municipality of the County of Colchester, and the Central Nova Scotia Civic Centre Society — the operating organization — was signed in March 2013.

CAO Mike Dolter told council on Monday that while the previous agreement provided good governance structure, it fell short in outlining responsibility for operation, maintenance and capital items.

Since the signing of the original agreement, Dolter said the town and county have gained a better appreciation of the requirements of the centre and the value it brings to the area.

He said the new agreement allows for a better management approach, with the operating organization and the municipal units working together for the overall operation of the facility.

The town's approval is subject to approval by its county counterparts.

Coun. Wayne Talbot commented that the town needs to do a better job at promoting the RECC, which he said is often seen as a liability.

Talbot said many people don't consider the financial benefits it offers, such as reduced health care costs and financial spinoffs from hosting events.