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Upgrades discussed for community centre

Posted on February 1, 2023 by Taber Times

By Kenyon Stronski
Taber Times

A potential application for a grant was brought forward at the Jan. 23 regular meeting of Taber town council called the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program grant from Infrastructure Canada.

This item was added to council’s agenda to let councillors know that in the possibility the town was to be selected for the grant, there would be a potential commitment of up to $2 million in matching funding from Capital Reserves.

Taber’s Planning and Community Services Director, Chris Eagan was called forward to the stand to speak more on the grant application and what it may mean for Taber in the future.

“In 2017, MPE (Engineering) consultants provided a condition assessment report for the small ice surface and in that report, they indicated there was about $1.5 million in repairs required to bring that particular ice surface into a state that would be fully functional. As Mr. (Derrin) Thibault (CAO) noted, Infrastructure Canada has put forward a grant opportunity for green and inclusive buildings and our current plan which is very preliminary would see us modernize the existing (community) centre building, expand and replace the small ice surface with a standard NHL size surface with some seating and upgrade many of the building systems.”

Eagan explained the grant opportunity offers an 80-20 split between the benefactor and the recipient, up to $10 million “and that general scope of work will take us close to that limit, so what we’re seeking today is approval to proceed with the preliminary planning and submit the grant. The grant, if we’re successful, will come forward for council’s approval but we wanted to make sure that you were aware that if we’re successful it will be up to $2 million worth of funding from the town.”

Coun. Jack Brewin asked the first question, clarifying no options need to be chosen quite yet and if the grant was successful, then what would be next as 2017 was six years ago and prices are bound to have risen since then.

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