Enerplex sponsor to be annouced today

This is the day we are scheduled to get more information regarding corporate sponsorship of the Enerplex.

An announcement is set for City Hall Council Chambers beginning at 3:30 this afternoon.

Earlier this year, the City sent out a sponsorship package to associate a corporate name with the nearly completed facility, at 96th street and 93rd avenue.

It carried a response deadline, of April 24th but…with the recession getting the majority of blame…there was little initial interest, and the deadline was extended.

The so-called state-of-art facility, owned by the city, is expected to open this fall at a total cost of close to $40 million.

A narrowly approved referendum, in June of 2006 gave the city voter authorization to borrow up to $15 million over 30 years, for the project…after the province had kicked in with $12.5 million.

However, a hoped for matching $12.5 million federal contribution never materilized, making corporate sponsorship a key to help covering the shortfall.

If all goes according to previous stated plans, the city will be making ice at the facility by the end of this week.