Winterfest, winter fishery get $1,500 each from town

Eric McCarthy
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ALBERTON -- A misunderstanding over the town’s commitment to the 2014 Up West Winterfest was cleared up during Monday’s monthly meeting of Alberton Town Council.

Mayor Michael Murphy said it was his understanding the $1,500 the town approved to stock the town pond for the P.E.I. Bait Fishers group’s winter fishery fulfilled Alberton’s commitment to Winterfest.

The first of four winter fishing weekends takes place January 18 and 19 in conjunction with Winterfest.

“When we talked about our contribution to Up West festival, we were under the impression that our contribution would be the $1,500 we spent on the trout fishery, for stocking the pond,” Murphy commented. He said he couldn’t recall another motion being made for a separate budget for $1,500 for Winterfest.

But councilor Krystyna Pottier reminded Council there was a separate motion for Winterfest, and the Baitfishers’ contribution had no mention in it. Similarly, she said her reading of the minutes contained no mention of Winterfest when the Baitfishers motion was approved.

Pottier said the motion was that the festival contribution come out of the town’s 2014 budget.

Council approved a motion to pay Winterfest’s expenses budgeted to the town, totaling $1,500.

Councilor David Campbell was in support of both contributions but admitted being disappointed with the $5.00 registration fee for participating in the winter fishery. He suggested the town’s contribution should have excused town residents of the fee.

Administrator Susan Wallace-Flynn noted registrations have been coming in really well, with no concerns being expressed about the registration.

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