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HEC fund tapped to fix leaky roof at AMA, surcharge on rentals

Posted May 6, 2014

New Tecumseth council accepted a list of 10 recommendations from the Alliston Memorial Arena (AMA) Upgrades Task Force last night, including the roof repair as its top priority, and implementing a $10 per hour surcharge on rentals for the next 10 years. Those proceeds would be used to fund future upkeep, and based on the current level of useage, is estimated to raise $250,000 during the span.

Additionally, councillors voted to draw the funds for the roof, whose rivets are the source of leaks onto the dry pad, rendering it unusable during rain storms, from the Hydro Electric Commission (HEC) reserve account.

Ward 3 councillor Paul Whiteside moved the motion to take the estimated $100,000 cost for a guaranteed 10-year fix, from the HEC fund, which he noted was confirmed to be worth about $5.8 million.

To date the task force has secured outside funding commitments of about $6,000, but its chair, Jamie Smith and Mr. Whiteside, said other organizations, businesses, and community members were waiting for the upgrades report and roof repair situation to be dealt with before taking on other renovation projects. These would include the kitchen improvements in the community hall, heating the dry pad for winter use, upgrades to the lobby and concession area.

Renovations have been underway at the AMA for the past year funded by $125,000 from a federal government grant, and matched by the municipality.

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