Pincher Creek town council decided at its June 10 regular meeting to financially support two community facilities, including a memorandum of understanding to commit $1.25 million to the curling club and to provide additional funding for the swimming pool’s fire-suppression system.

According to council documents, the curling club’s memorandum of understanding will set the expectations of the town and the club regarding the deliverables required for construction of the community recreation centre.

“I have a concern that we’re signing an MOU without a current site plan, without a current geotechnical report and no current design report,” said Coun. David Green. “It makes me a little jumpy.”

Coun. Sarah Nodge clarified that these reports are still expected by the town.

“We see these documents as necessary for this project, and are necessary to give guidance to the project, and it is the expectation of the Town of Pincher Creek that they will be provided,” she said.

Chief administrative officer Konrad Dunbar explained that this MOU sets the stage to go forward with funding but with the expectation of receiving outstanding documents and reports.

He said, “These are all the things we’re going to need to see to make us feel comfortable in order to fund that $1.25 million.”

The motion to approve the memorandum and proceed to obtaining signatures was carried. 

Recreation manager Adam Grose requested that the Town of Pincher Creek also allocate an additional $30,000 for a total project cost of $130,000 to upgrade the fire alarm and fire-suppression system at the community swimming pool.

The additional funding would come from the town’s swimming pool reserve and would cover the tie-in of the existing sprinkler system to the new pool chemical room.

One of council’s strategic priorities is to have recreation infrastructure that will result in significant improvement in the well-being of residents, according to council documents. 

An alternative considered was waiting to include funding until 2025, which council decided against.

“This enables the project to be done in 2024 versus adding this amount in our 2025 budget deliberations and then having the project go ahead in 2025,” said Coun. Sarah Nodge. 

“It’s probably going to be cheaper if we do it now versus allowing more time for escalation of cost,” she added.

The motion to provide the additional $30,000 was carried unanimously.

By Mia Parker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jun 12, 2024 at 10:20

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

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