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RVC writes letter of support to help with Indus rec centre repairs

The Indus Recreation Centre will soon have a shiny new roof to keep users safe from the elements.
Rocky View County council voted to send a letter of support on behalf of the Bow Valley Agricultural Society, to help with the society's grant process as it works to secure funding for roof repairs of the Indus Recreation Centre. Photo by Bow Valley Agricultural Society

The Indus Recreation Centre is one step closer to having a shiny new roof to keep users safe from the elements.

During a regular council meeting June 8, Rocky View County (RVC) council passed an item to submit a letter of support to help the Bow Valley Agicultural Society secure funding for roof repairs for the recreation facility in southeast RVC.

“RVC is pleased to extend its support for the Bow Valley Agricultural Society (BVAS) Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) grant application for funding, to assist with the roof repairs integral to the operations and use of the Indus Recreation Centre in Indus,” the letter of support read. “Though this letter does not bind the municipality to provide any further funding to complete the project described in the CFEP application, the County wishes BVAS every success in their efforts to secure support and funding for this project.”

According to the meeting agenda, a hail storm last August damaged the rec facility’s roof. During repairs, crews found there was severe rust damage that was not caused by the hail storm.

The facility then had a roof inspector assess the roof, determining the metal decking section was rusted, full of holes and had become a safety issue.

“The roof inspector advised that repairs would not totally fix the issue and that a full roof replacement was required,” the agenda report stated.

Cheryl Cresine with RVC’s recreation, parks and community support department, who presented the item to council, said in order to be ready for the next hockey and skating season, the facility is attempting to secure $350,000 to replace the roof. The CFEP funding is for half of the cost, as the facility will be required to match funding to be eligible for the provincial program.

“As with all letters of support for our community facilities, the County includes language that does not commit the municipality for future funding,” she said. “The CFEP grant program requires a letter of support from the municipality if the facility is on municipally owned lands.”

BVAS, who applied for the letter of support, has been serving the communities of Indus, Langdon and the surrounding rural areas for more than 40 years. The recreation centre is run by the non-profit’s group of volunteers and offers a rink, riding arena, softball diamonds, kitchen, hall and meeting room. The present structure has been in operation since 1994.

Jordan Stricker,
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