It is getting close to the end of the first full season of curling in Peachland. It was a successful season, lots of fun and events taking place in the new civic building.
Almost a full compliment of curlers, the financing business plan for the year is better than anticipated, all financial obligations are met and some to go in the bank for the next curling season.
Financial statements are available at the annual general meetings, please attend. Spring 2012 already, it is time to change the mode on the ice plant for the public skating ice, as it was such a success in the spring of 2011 and is being asked for again.
2010 was a short curling season, after the completion of construction and final inspections of the building, it was enough time to break in the new building.
Peachland has a new civic building tucked up against the highway, beside the community centre. As I look down Sixth Street, there is the inviting entrance of a building that would have been owned by the citizens of this wonderful community and may have appraised $5 million or more.
A brand new building that will be used for the next 35 to 40 years or so. It only cost $1.3 million because of the $2.6 million infrastructure grant from the federal and provincial governments. Yes, the same type of infrastructure grant for building the lakeside walkway. We citizens/taxpayers paid for one third of it.
The first curlers threw rocks for a couple of months and then the skating public enjoyed their time in the new building. The summer events were successful, with room for more and bigger events in 2011, all part of the bigger financial business plan.
The curling club board of directors said the curling club would pay for it. So far we have and will continue to work hard to meet the commitment to pay for the part of the building as was committed to the taxpayer.
Yes, the $1.3 million would have been paid by the curling club through users of the building. Curlers, thank you for signing up for the leagues, doing your part to make the curling club successful.
Oops! I am dreaming again, but oh what a beautiful dream. Oh, to have only had the wisdom to find a way to use both grants at $5.2 million in Peachland for assets to Peachland. What a shame. It would have been a perfect dream to repeat history and have a fourth curling rink here, to replace the three that well used and gone.
A huge thank you to MLA Rick Thorpe, MLA Bill Barisoff and MP Stockwell Day for their support and their belief in the Peachland Curling Club. To stand tall with us, battle and eventually get the grant committed to Peachland. We sincerely apologize that the grant was not used for this new civic building.
The foresight you had to help with getting a facility like this in Peachland that included citizen users from the bridge and Westside would have filled a need where there was not one. Thank you to the Westsiders, who committed to come to here to play and spend their money here.
A huge thank you to the many people who worked on the curling club board of directors over the years, from 1992 to 2011. As sad as it is that the building did not get built, you were successful in securing the grant. You did your part to the highest level required.
We could not do any more because the building had to be owned by the town and they had their part to do and did not. Thank you to the curling club membership for your commitment to use the building. We apologize that it did not happen but please curl on.
A huge thank you to the businesses and the citizens that supported this community facility. Your time and votes are noted and appreciated. Thank you to the citizens that donated historical memorabilia for the new building. What could not be returned was put in the museum.
A huge thank you to Ernie Hurd for his long term future vision and wisdom in fighting for this community facility that would have provided a much needed winter economic boost. I commend you and your efforts.
Thank you to those councillors who really supported us over the years. You know who you are. You worked to get it over the many hurdles that kept getting cast out there and eventually stopped it. Alas you tried. It was appreciated.
The funds the curling club had spent on securing the grant, approximately $75,000. This was the first part payment of the curling club’s commitment to the taxpayers to pay the $1.3 million. Yes, it cost the club that much to get the grant.
The total cost of the building was $4 million, as quoted by the general contractor. The federal and provincial governments’ infrastructure grant was for $2.6 million or $1.3 million each. The curling clubs would pay the other one third, or $1.3 million, as shown in the business plan that secured the grant.
Terms of the grant were that it had to go to the town, not the curling club, because the town would be the owner of the civic building and it had to be used for a curling rink for a minimum of five years, or pay the grant back.
The curling club asked the town to sign at the bank to secure their own building. The curling club and town had signed a long term user lease. Simple. The curling club ready and in, where was the real commitment of the owner of the new civic building?
Yes, the free money, a $2.6 million grant, was returned. Peachland loses a multi-age sports facility. What happens to the theory of build one facility then another and another because in a small budget town you need to make use of all free money?
The remaining funds that were to be used for the first year of operation was given in part to the Peachland Elementary School, the Summerland Curling Club, the Kelowna Curling Club and the Vernon Curling Club, to promote the sport of curling — mainly youth and junior curling. Thank you for doing this because we could not.
Apologies to the elementary kids. We tried to get a sports facility where you could begin to be a future athlete curler like on television right now. These athletes all started in community facilities. Sorry.
Driving to outside communities, Peachland curlers continue to boost the winter economies of Summerland, Kelowna and Penticton.
The curling club board of directors all resigned. There will be no more past or present curling history in Peachland to report. Oh, to think of what might have been.