ALBERTON -- The town of Alberton now has a part-time recreation director/events coordinator on the payroll. Terry Stone took up his new duties on Monday.
Mayor Michael Murphy observes as Terry Stone signs on as Alberton’s new part-time recreation director and events coordinator. The position started Monday. Until the end of March Stone will also continue to fulfill the Western Region Sport and Recreation Council’s extended service agreement with the town.
Since last April, Stone has been in charge of delivering the Western Region Sport and Recreation Council’s extended service contract with the town on a two-days-a-week basis.
Stone will actually be working full-time with the town until the end of March, fulfilling the responsibilities of his new contract with the town and completing the Sport and Recreation Council’s commitment.
Mayor Michael Murphy said the Sport and Recreation Council will continue to offer services in Alberton, much like it does in O’Leary and Tignish, once its extended contract with the town expires.
“With that and hiring (Stone) three days a week we should have pretty much a fulltime sports person in the office here,” Murphy suggested.
“We are still serviced under Go!PEI and the Sport Council,” Murphy said. “Alberton gets the same service as O’Leary and Tignish.”
“We’d like to maintain a good working relationship with the sports council and Go!PEI, because we certainly enjoyed the benefits of their programs,” added the mayor.
The extended service contract was costing the town $10,000 for the year. It will cost about $5,000 to $6,000 more to have a part time recreation direct-events coordinator, but Mayor Murphy said the town is providing what residents have been requesting.
The town’s cost will come out of the annual budget which will be brought down in March. Murphy said the town will be enquiring about provincial grants to help cover some if its cost but will proceed with the position regardless of the outcome of that enquiry.
Murphy said he’s happy with the new arrangement, pointing out residents seem pleased with the service Stone has been providing and adding, “we have no complaints with what he’s done.”
Stone, who has a sales and marketing background and who has also coached at high levels including CIS football in Ontario, said he will be finishing up some of the programs he started with the Sport and Recreation Council and will be working with organizations like the Alberton Business Association to plan special events for the town and will tag-team on Sport and Recreation Council activities. He hopes to draw feedback from the business association and residents on programs and events and he wants to build upon the current network of volunteers and set up a minor sports committee.
One of the most satisfying programs he has been involved in over the past year, he said, was starting a seniors recreation program. He said he plans to offer more programs for seniors.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Stone said of his new role. “I’ve got an idea of what I want to implement and things we could put in place to make things even better up here.”