Seeking grant funding for Kinsmen Sportsplex roof repair (updated)

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Swimming instructor Taylor Miller prepares to catch one of her swimmers during the game Chop-Chop-Timber during her pre-school swimming class on Monday at the Kinsmen Sportsplex.

Roof repair and replacement for the Kinsmen Sporsplex might receive provincial funding.

Executive committee approved the submission of the project for an application for funding from the Community Initiatives Fund Community Places and Spaces Program.

“The program has been utilized before. It was under a different name before as the Community Vitality Program,” said Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation. “It was discontinued and then they started this up again under the community places and spaces and the funding parameters are a little bit different.”

The city may be required to provide a matching contribution up to 50 per cent of eligible costs. A maximum of $25,000 per project is permitted. Under the Community Vitality Program, funding up to $50,000 was allowed.

A total of $139,000 in funding has been approved for roof repairs at the Kinsmen Sportsplex and the Pla-mor Palace. A total of $70,000 was allocated to replace the roof over the dressing rooms at the Kinsmen Arena because of leaking and surface deterioration.

To be eligible for the program, the project must be finished within 24 months and it must serve a variety of community needs regarding sport, culture, recreation, physical activity, heritage and human or social services.

“As a municipality, we can only have one active application at a time ... We can endorse other applications or non-profit community organizations could apply for funding,” said Hauta, adding application deadlines are April 1 and Oct. 1.

“(Grant administrators) will look at the applications from Moose Jaw as a whole and they will look at it and prioritize and say, ‘OK this looks like the top priority in Moose Jaw based on grant criteria or based on community need or support.’ They do want to spread the dollars across the province.”

Hauta’s report said another project considered for application for this funding included Bell Park Ball Diamond improvements to do upgrades to the washroom, storage and concession building at Bell Park as well as upgrading and replacing backstops, dugouts and fences. A total of $30,000 in funding has been budgeted in 2015 for this project.

A third consideration was pathway upgrades for “asphalt rehabilitation of existing paved trails,” his report said. That might include removing and rebuilding portions of trails using new asphalt and appropriate base materials.

There is $100,000 in funding in 2014 in the capital budget for pathway upgrades with a focus on the section of trail on Thatcher Drive from Main Street to Ninth Avenue Northwest. Issues on the trail include tree roots, “severe cracking” and asphalt failures, it said.

Another application could’ve been to develop a new trail to the bike skills park, the 2005 Canada Summer Games soccer fields and YaraCentre at an estimated cost of $50,000.

“In reviewing the list of projects that we have to potentially meet the eligibility criteria, very quickly it was narrowed down to the roof repair would be a higher priority based on the grant criteria,” said Hauta. “They like to preserve infrastructure and keep it sustainable.”

The motion to approve the submission was passed unanimously.

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Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Canada

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