Grand Valley will share the local costs of the arena project with Amaranth, East Garafaxa
Three municipalities will pool their resources to cover the cost of the local contribution of a $ 2.8 million arena project.
The ice floor and changing rooms will be replaced at the Grand Valley and District Community Center (GVDCC). The cost of the ice floor alone is $ 1.4 million.
“The arena’s floor has been there for 25 years longer than its lifespan,” said Coun. Elizabeth Taylor. “This floor held up well, but that’s because we took care of it. It has been well maintained; however, it would be wonderful to have a whole new arena. But in the meantime, we must have something operational for families. “
The Grand Valley Council signed a bylaw with the town of East Garafraxa to join them and the town of Amaranth in paying their share of the project. It contains a clause that they agree to pay to complete the replacement of the ice floor project only if funding is not received from different levels of government, from another external funding source of equal or greater value.
“This has been the center of the community,” Taylor said. “He kept hockey, figure skating, ball hockey and for a while we had a round broomball. It was a very active community center for a long time. We cannot lose it.
Grand Valley will pay 60% of the cost, while Amaranth will contribute 25% and East Garafraxa 15%.
The cities hope to use the grants available under the community, culture and recreation (CIPI) component of the federal government. They would like the federal government to provide 40%. And the provincial government 33.33%. 100% of the total cost of the project, leaving the 26.67%. 100 remaining shared by joint municipalities.
Cities will be required to provide monthly invoices and statements to Grand Valley as costs are incurred on the project. They started paying in April to complete procurement, tendering and construction by September 2022.
Coun. Rick Taylor said there was talk of residents wanting a new arena instead. He said a study had been done and they found the room should last another 20 years, with a few additions.
“The situation in the locker rooms was not good here because they are dismal, and there were only four of them,” said Rick Taylor. “Now there will be six locker rooms. Also, with the improvement of women’s hockey, you need more bedrooms.
Joshua Santos, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Orangeville Banner