Town signs deal with Telus to benefit new splash park

By on February 5, 2014
Children engaged in a water fight when the Osoyoos Splash Park opened on the holiday weekend in August last year in this file photo. The event was a “soft launch,” and an official opening will take place in May this year. Town council is asking Telus Corp. to extend the deadline to the end of 2014 for Telus to provide a $25 donation for each contract it sells. It is also asking Telus to donate at least $15,000 to the park. Telus has capped its maximum donation at $30,000. Coun. Sue McKortoff is also asking for Telus to extend the program to Telus subscribers living outside the town boundaries. (File photo Richard McGuire)

Children engaged in a water fight when the Osoyoos Splash Park opened on the holiday weekend in August last year in this file photo. The event was a “soft launch,” and an official opening will take place in May this year. Town council is asking Telus Corp. to extend the deadline to the end of 2014 for Telus to provide a $25 donation for each contract it sells. It is also asking Telus to donate at least $15,000 to the park. Telus has capped its maximum donation at $30,000. Coun. Sue McKortoff is also asking for Telus to extend the program to Telus subscribers living outside the town boundaries. (File photo Richard McGuire)

The Town of Osoyoos has signed an exclusive deal with Telus that will see as much as $30,000 in funds donated to the new Osoyoos Splash Park.

Telus is in the final stages of installing its vast fibre optic network in Osoyoos. The installation of this fibre service will enable the company to provide Optic TV to the community.

In previous discussions, council announced it had reached an agreement through the Telus community benefit program to provide $25 for each television subscription sold and all proceeds would be provided to the splash park to a maximum of $30,000.

After reading about the details of the agreement, members of council wanted to make a couple of suggestions during Monday’s regular meeting of council.

Instead of ending the program in early May, members of council wanted Telus to extend the program through to the end of 2014.

In addition, they asked members of staff to ask Telus management to commit to donating a minimum of $15,000 to the splash park.

Chief administrative officer Barry Romanko said he will forward those requests to Telus management and he’s confident they will agree to the changes.

As part of the agreement, Telus will have the right to advertise its association with the town and more particularly its campaign to provide funding to the splash park based on the number of television cable packages it sells in this community.

Coun. Mike Plante, who is a member of the splash park committee and a leading force to have the splash park built over the past couple of years, commended staff for coming up with the idea to raise funds for the park through the sale of Optik TV package subscriptions offered by Telus.

“This is a very positive direction to go in and I would like to thank staff for coming up with this program,” he said.

Coun. Sue McKortoff said she would like the program to be offered to Telus subscribers who live outside of town boundaries as well. Romanko said he would forward this request as well.

Romanko said he will inform members of council about their requests after he meets with Telus representatives in the next couple of weeks.

“I will get back to you at the next meeting and tell you what their reaction was,” he said. The Osoyoos Splash Park officially opened early last August. However, only a portion of the park was completed and major renovations, including new fencing, nearby parking and several more water toys, will be added this spring before an official opening takes place.

That official opening is expected to take place in May.

KEITH LACEY

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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