Local sports groups closer to equipment storage solution

Photo: Fort St. John Sports Council’s Connie Richter (left) and Gail Weber present their idea to City Council on Tuesday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Local sports groups may soon have a convenient location to store their hockey sticks and soccer balls.

Representatives from the Fort St. John Sports Council, Gail Weber and Connie Richter presented their plan before City Council on Tuesday afternoon.

Weber says the idea is to set up six storage buildings on vacant city-owned property. This would give local sports groups a safe location to store their equipment.

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Weber estimates that the project would cost around $70,000.

B.C. Lotteries told Sports Council members that it could fund half of the project through a capital grant. However, the Sports Council would have to front the other half before B.C. Lotteries considers their request.

So, Weber proposed council with a couple of options. One request proposed that the City lease the land to the Sports Council for one dollar per year, and grant the Sports Council $35,000.  The group would then repay the money back to the City over the course of five years.

Weber says registered Sports Council groups would pay a nominal charge to use the storage centers.

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The proposed land is located at the corner of 112 Street and Tahltan Road.

Each building could be separated into two storage areas, and be utilized by 12 different sports groups.

Councilors will deliberate the idea at a later council meeting.

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