Lake Country council aids North Okanagan Pipe Band with grant

Council will fund one kilt for the band which performs at Lake Country Remembrance Day service and other events in the district

Lake Country’s purse strings have been loosened slightly for a band.

Instead of following the staff recommendation to deny the grant, council voted Tuesday to provide $550 to the North Okanagan Pipe and Drums.

“I wanted to do more but council was being very parsimonious,” said Mayor James Baker.

The band applied for $2,200 to purchase four new kilts, but council decided to purchase one kilt at $550.

Baker believes support is important.

“They do provide a presence at our November 11 (Remembrance Day) ceremony,” he said.

However, staff disagreed the band was eligible for financial support.

“The band, in their application, indicated that they consider themselves a Lake Country pipe band but on their website, the band has indicated they are based in Vernon,” wrote Rose Bronswyk Kassa, chief financial officer, in a report.

“Requests for grants by organizations whose function is regional or national in nature will not be considered by council.”

The district’s annual budget for community grants is $7,000 and $2,300 has been allocated for 2016.