Mackenzie Gets Cash For Community Centre Upgrade
Prince George, B.C. – The District of Mackenzie is a little closer to having the dollars it needs for its recreation centre upgrade.
The Regional District of Fraser Fort George has approved a $250 thousand dollar grant to the community project which has a price tag of just under $7.4 million dollars.
The Regional District’s contribution will come from the Community Works Gas Tax Fund, which has been used in the past to help fund projects such as a new sewer lagoon in McBride, and water service upgrades in that community.
The District of Mackenzie has already secured $6.2 million dollars in funding but even with the grant from the Regional District, the project will be short by nearly a million dollars.
Mackenzie Mayor, Pat Crook says the funding shortfall could mean a change in the upgrade plan “We’re trying to prune it back a bit because we’re trying not to use tax dollars. So we’re still looking for grants.”
“We’re just going into the public consultation period of what the people want to see and where they want to see it” says Mayor Crook “Once we figure that out, we have the final architecture and what the final bill will be.” He says they would like to have enough funds secured to have some wriggle room “Typically these things go over budget and so we’ll try to prune it back so if it goes over budget, it will actually be on budget.”
The public consultation will start in September. He says although a basic design is already complete, the consultation will see if the residents of Mackenzie still want the same thing “because the current plan would actually remove the curling rink and put a new building up there. So we have to look at the numbers and see if we have the money to put a new ice making facility in there and whether the numbers justify a $250 thousand dollar investment into a new ice making project and keeping that building, so there’s still a lot of consultation that has to take place.”