The Whitehorse Curling Club could soon be working on electrical upgrades to its ice plant – provided council votes in favour of putting a little more than $8,000 toward the project.
As council learned last Monday night, the curling club has secured $72,139 from the territory’s Community Development Fund.
The amount represents 90 per cent of the funding needed to upgrade the main electrical service and distribution equipment for a separate water meter for the ice plant.
“A 10 per cent contribution from the city is required in order for the project to proceed,” Teresa Acheson, the city’s acting manager of facilities and recreation services, noted in a report to council.
“This project will provide infrastructure electrical upgrades to Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre. The work is planned to be completed prior to the start-up of the 2018 curling club season.”
The funding would come out of some of the $70,000 that had been set aside for a turf cleaner.
With youth indoor soccer transitioning to futsal, which is generally played on a hard surface, the city can look to spending less on cleaning the turf.
“Administration is not recommending the cancellation of the sanitary turf cleaner project, but is pursuing lower-cost alternatives to cleaning the turf over the short to mid-term,” Acheson said.
Council will vote on the funding for the curling club this evening.