Mobile museums, adopt-a-bus stop?

Council speaking with Byron McCorkell.

Council speaking with Byron McCorkell.

NEWS/ CITY HALL — Mobile museums and adopt-a-bus stops were among the ideas put forward by Kamloops City councillors today (Tuesday) as they looked over the annual report from Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Byron McCorkell.

During a wide-ranging discussion of the report, Coun. Tina Lange suggested it might be time to “redo” the way museums are structured by taking exhibits out of the museum building and putting them on a “roving basis.”

She said the $25 cost per visit absorbed for running the museum “is not sustainable.”

McCorkell said the museum is changing for the better, pointing out there are a number of outreach programs and that the museum is getting “more in tune with the community.

“So I have great hopes for the future of the museum,” he said. “Give us a chance and I think you’ll see that museum take its rightful place in the community.”

Coun. Donovan Cavers said someone had suggested to him that the Adopt-A-Road program include the adoption of bus stops. He wondered if the program needs to be promoted more.

McCorkell said the program is alive and well and “extremely successful.”

In response to a question from Coun. Dieter Dudy, McCorkell said the user fees charged for recreation facilities tend to be on the high side compared to other cities and it’s a matter of finding the right balance between access to facilities and paying for them.

“I think our rates are doing pretty good,” he said. “It’s a tricky move to make them higher.”

Coun. Donovan Cavers said he doesn’t support increases to user fees. “I think whenever possible we should keep those user fees as low as possible and fund more from the general pot.”

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3 Comments on Mobile museums, adopt-a-bus stop?

  1. ” Coun. Tina Lange suggested it might be time to “redo” the way museums are structured by taking exhibits out of the museum building and putting them on a “roving basis.”

    Just where and how would Lange have these exhibits ” rove ” ?

    • Pierre Filisetti // March 4, 2015 at 6:21 AM // Reply

      If they, instead of “posturing nonsensically” would to get to work and make the downtown a truly “hip” place to go, the museum could be both part of the “hip” solution and benefit tremendously from the “hip” transformation. There are solutions G1, maybe in another four years?
      As far as “roving” goes, that would be a good general definition of our council.

      • Grouchy1 // March 4, 2015 at 9:46 AM //

        Do you remember the start of the old Star Trek show PF ? Well councils minds have truly ” go where no man has gone before “. Only problem is, it’s not a good place, nor one where most people would like to go.

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