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Council OKs curl club request
City council was more than willing to give $20,000 toward fixing the Royal City Curling Club (RCCC) roof even though the city had already committed almost all of its 2013 grants budget.
RCCC made the request to minimize the impact of drawing upon the club's reserves to pay for the $161,000 maintenance project carried out this summer. The club received more than $61,000 from the federal government while assessing $42,000 in membership levies and $20,000 in loan financing. They also hope to receive an additional $17,000 from Curl Canada, a decision that will be made next January.
Council approved the request without any discussion Monday. A staff report to council noted the club signed a 99-year lease with the city for the property in 1965 and has been largely self-sufficient running its operations efficiently. The report, however, did not recommend outright that council approve the request, although considered it a reasonable one.
"Given the City's past practice of providing financial assistance to community based organizations for the physical upkeep of their facilities, it is reasonable for the City to consider this request within the context of the overall benefit of the Club's services and programs to its members and the community at large," wrote Dean Gibson, director of parks, culture and recreation.
The report said the RCCC's roof had reached the end of its 25-year service life and engineering reports said its moisture membrane had failed. The work was to also include upgrading insulation for the roof and the rink walls.
The city's 2013 grants budget is $800,000 with all but $4,600 of it already having been handed out before the curling club's request came in.
"They've been there for decades. It's a real stable organization, it's got good membership," said Coun. Bill Harper of council's decision to support the request.