ROTHENBURGER – Reluctant council gives Heritage Society a reprieve at St. Andrew’s

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MEANWHILE, OVER AT ST. ANDREW’S, there are developments.

You will recall there was a major public outcry a few months ago over the City’s inexplicable determination to give the Kamloops Heritage Society the boot from its two decades-plus of operating St. Andrew’s on the Square.

There was no logical reason for City council’s ungracious treatment of the long-suffering, hard-working society that is largely responsible for saving the old heritage church from the wrecking ball and making it into a treasured community facility.

And it appeared there was no way City lawmakers would back off, either. But, thanks to some timely intervention by top City brass, somewhat saner heads have prevailed, at least for now.

Though City Hall hasn’t gotten around to an official announcement yet, a new agreement has been inked between the society and the City that more or less maintains the status quo, for a while.


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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – Reluctant council gives Heritage Society a reprieve at St. Andrew’s

  1. Trudy Montgomery // April 25, 2020 at 8:23 AM // Reply

    Fantastic news! My thanks to the good people who were able to broker this reprieve. It’s the right decision.

    Sent from my iPhone


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