Marmora Curling Club hoping for municipal support

Photo Credit: Marmora Curling Club Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Marmora Curling Club Facebook Page

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Marmora and Lake - The Marmora Curling Club is hoping council will consider providing financial assistance for capital upgrades to its building in the 2019 budget. 

Several members of the club attended the February 18 meeting of council to update council on the many challenges the club is facing with its aging facility. 

Past president of the club, Paul Speight, told council there are four major areas of concern at the curling club. Speight was accompanied by current president Neil McQueen and Mike Thorne who coordinates children’s programming at the club. 

“There are some serious deficiencies,” he said, adding if not fixed, the issues at the club could effect “the continued ability of the curling club to provide access to curling.”

The most urgent need at the club currently is the replacement of roof insulation.. Saturation of the insulation from years of leaking has broken down the waterproof barrier and condensation is continually dripping onto the ice surface, Speight explained. 

“It’s a problem that gets larger every year. So we believe that the continuation of the poor curling condition will reduce our membership and participation (of other clubs) in Bonspiels.”

Another identified issue is the lack of a sufficient fire alarm system in the building, which is soon going to inhibit the club from hosting events like weddings in the off-season that generate revenue. Speight said it’s estimated a new system would cost about $40,000, but that cost could be lowered if volunteers from the club did some of the work in-kind. 

Thirdly, the club isn’t in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) because the club’s elevator is out of order. 

“It hasn’t been operational for the past six years,” Speight said. “We’d like to get that working and get it certified.”

Fixing the elevator comes at a price of $12,000 and the club hopes the municipality may consider funding half of the repair, as well as the costs associated with the fire alarm and roof replacement. 

“We are tenants in this building so the municipality should have full control over this project,” Speight said. “We would work with the municipality on the timing (of the repairs). The municipality has much more expertise on contractors, warranties and things like that.”

The club has been successful in the past few years in attracting new membership and replacing some of the club’s equipment through fundraising efforts and grants. The hope is that the club will be able to attain new membership moving forward through its education programs and upgraded facility. 

Council will consider the club’s request in its upcoming budget deliberations.

Megan AbrahamComment