By JULIE BERTRAND
Council of Stettler County approved a total funding of $175,000 for 12 projects out of the 13 submitted in a special session on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Projects that received funding are listed as follows:
Linda Hall – $29,795 for anew playground;
Repair work and renovation at Pilot Knob- $3,000;
New ovens for Byemoor Community Club -$10,000;
The Stettler Ag Society new chairs- $4,800;
Storage facility for zamboni at Botha Community Centre- $11,173.81;
Outdoor/indoor arena improvements in Donalda – 9,000$;
Groundwork at Gadsby Hall, new fire extinguishers and chairs-$3,000;
New furnaces, hot water tanks and flooring for the Sullivan Lake West Ag Society – $22,207.50;
Replacement of furnace, heaters, new flooring and ceiling tiles at Erskine Curling Club – $17,211.
Big Valley Community Centre and Erskine I.O.O.F. Hall both applied for funds to improve their respective halls. Big Valley was awarded $40,000 and Erskine, $20,000.
“They’ve been on a phase of improving those two facilities over the last couple of years,” said Phil Holton, recreation director of the county of Stettler.
“People at the Big Valley Community Centre are looking at doing their front end, the reception area, the approach area and the bathrooms. And the people at the Erskine I.O.O.F Hall are looking at putting new entry doors, ramps and new ceilings in their hall. It’s part of a phased project.”
Gadsby Ball Association also received $4,812.69 for improved parking lot and landscaping at their facility.
The Botha Centennial Committee was the only applicant that was refused in their appeal for funding to buy an Underwood flying machine scale model.
“It’s a project that the local people are undertaking there,” said Holton.
“They wanted to build a scale model of one of the first flying machines that ever existed.”
“The fund was not really created for projects like that. It’s mainly for facilities, and I think the board felt that it was more of a tourist and heritage type project, which maybe could be funded elsewhere,” he said.