Instilling a positive moral code in city youth at little cost to the city might be reason enough for the city to maintain ownership of 2951 First Ave. W.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
The Prince Albert Kenshukan Judo Club coach Doyle Ironstand gives a presentation to city council at Monday‚Äôs meeting, during which me made a case for continued use of the city-owned building at 2951 First Ave. W.
The building is home to the Prince Albert Kenshukan Judo Club, which coach Doyle Ironstand said at Monday‚Äôs city council meeting is on the potential chopping block.
Similar to the Margo Fournier Centre, the city‚Äôs Judo Club building is up for review, with administration warning its tenants that it faces potential closure as early as next year.
City community services director Jody Boulet clarified after Monday‚Äôs meeting that no one has been ordered to vacate the premises of either building yet, but they have been forewarned that it is a possibility, pending council decision.
The warning was enough for Ironstand to make an impassioned plea at Monday‚Äôs city council meeting on behalf of the volunteer-run organization.
Founded in 1967, Prince Albert Judo -- now the Prince Albert Kenshukan Judo Club -- has been at 2951 First Ave. W. since 1981, he told council.
There are currently 40 members in the club, ranging in ages from six to adult.
Every student is charged with focusing on the moral code of judo, which includes courtesy, courage, sincerity, honour, modesty, respect, self-control and friendship.
‚ÄúThrough the practice of judo, our students not only learn the sports aspect, but above all, a deeper sense of well-being and a determination to become good role models and good people overall,‚ÄĚ Ironstand told council.
The building is booked solid most of the time, he said, noting that local law enforcement personnel train on the judo mat area, which is rented by a 20-30 member Jiu Jitsu club.
From a logistics point of view, Ironstand argued that the city has very little to gain in divesting itself of the building.
The judo club has assumed most financial responsibilities related to the building, he explained -- expenses they cover mainly through fundraising efforts and rentals, all while keeping their own membership rates some of the most affordable in the city.
‚ÄúWith the exception of two or three repairs made to the old heating system and a leaking roof repair, this building has cost the City of Prince Albert very little over the past 30-plus years,‚ÄĚ he said.
After Monday‚Äôs meeting, Boulet noted that the city‚Äôs cost to run the building is only a couple thousand dollars per year.
Ironstand said that he implores city council ‚Äúto consider our heart-felt plea to continue use of the building that has been our home for so many years.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe are as important an institution in this great city as Diefenbaker House and the Prince Albert Raiders.‚ÄĚ
Similar to the Margo Fournier Centre, nothing has been decided at this point, Boulet said after the meeting.
However, with city council set to make a decision during 2015 budget discussions later this year, Boulet noted that Ironstand‚Äôs presentation will prove to be useful food for thought.