Pincher Creek, Alberta mayor Don Anderberg is asking for patience from his council and the community regarding progress on the town’s future curling rink. When connected with the current golf course building, the facility will become the Community Recreation and Event Centre.

Anderberg made the request on at least two occasions Monday during discussion at town council’s regular meeting. 

Coun. David Green made a motion that council provide the public with “information illustrating complete concept, engineering, geotechnical details, construction cost analysis, facility ownership, lease, partnership and proposed operating and management projections,” by April 16.

During the debate, Coun. Sahra Nodge noted that several people in the community had approached her asking for an update on the project, but that she was not sure how to appropriately respond to their questions.

“When somebody says, ‘OK, the Town of Pincher Creek is allowing this project to be built on the parking lot at the CRC building … that donation land value, is that included in the 1.25-million town contribution that’s being matched with the CFEP grant?’ I don’t know. We’ve never discussed it. To me, that seems to be a legitimate question from a community member I don’t have an answer for. “

With different motions at different times on the table, Nodge characterized it as a lack of clarity.

“I think the clock really starts ticking on the receipt of $1 million from CFEP,” added Coun. Wayne Oliver, in agreeing with Nodge.

“It’s been a work in progress. It’s had friction. It’s had left turns, right turns, but now the club has a million dollars and we need to determine from the club what the conditions are on that and that will dictate a path forward in my view.”

For the mayor, though, it’s a simple case of letting the curling club work through the process after receiving word of the funding from the province through the Community Facilities Enhancement Program.

Besides any further fundraising above and beyond that figure by the club, such as sponsorships, and the $1.25 million promised by the town, the MD also agreed last year to chip in just over $868,000 toward the one-floor, four-sheet facility on the east side of the golf course parking lot.

“I’ve personally spoken with the president a couple of times, trying to stay at arm’s length. I know they were approved for a CFEP grant and we, as a town council, unanimously supported that grant. The MD council (also) supported it unanimously,” Anderberg reiterated to Shootin’ the Breeze following the meeting.

With the announcement only made in December, he feels it’s still too early to know all the details and believes there’s likely a set of rules that accompany the approval.

“I’m not aware that they [the curling club] have even signed a contract or an agreement with CFEP to actually get that money yet,” the mayor said.

“So, it’s a process, but they’ve assured me they have information around the building, the site, and what they see as maybe a good way moving forward. I tried to explain that a couple of times tonight. You have to have a little patience until they can get their ducks in a row because there are a lot of moving parts.”

Coun. Green’s motion to release detailed information to the public on April 16 was pushed back to Aug. 15 after a majority vote of council.

By Dave Lueneberg, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Mar 18, 2024 at 15:37

This item reprinted with permission from   Shootin' the Breeze   Pincher Creek, Alberta

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