Council approves aid extension for Curling Centre
City of Cranbrook council Oct. 7 agreed to continue municipal support for the Cranbrook Curling Centre.
Council approved an extension to the present grant of $40,000 to the Curling Centre for one year, starting on Sept. 30, for 12 months, with the expectation that the centre will also pay for half of the Fortis/ BC Hydro costs attributed to the operation of the club, which will be reviewed on a monthly basis.
The city will also relieve the club of its obligations to pay for the year-over-year incremental increases in utility costs backdated to the installation of the new plant in November of 2017, at a cost of $32,610 and further, that these funds if approved, will be attributed to the outstanding utility fees the club owes the city, since the beginning of April 2019.
Since 2011, the Cranbrook Curling Centre has managed the facility under a Management & Operating Agreement with the city. The most recent five-year agreement expired in 2018, with a one-year extension to Sept. 2019. Now, the club is interested in obtaining an extension to this contract.
The club has made significant investments in the Curling Centre, with over $297,046 in building improvements, repairs and maintenance.
The centre has also hosted the 2011, Canada Cup of Curling, the 2016 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge, and 2018 B.C. Senior Games.
In 2020, the club will be hosting the Curl BC provincial championships at Western Financial Place.
In fall 2017, the club and the city replaced the aging ice plant with a grant of $250,721 and city capital support of $241,406.