Proposed Community League Building gets City’s support


Photo: Fort St. John City Councilors deliberate recommendations put forth by City Staff. Acting Mayor Don Irwin (seen on the projector screen) filled in for Mayor Bruce Lantz on Monday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Local sports groups are one step closer to having an extra storage space for their equipment.

Two weeks ago, Gail Weber and Connie Richter, of the Fort St. John Sports Council, presented their plan before City Council.

The council formed a plan, to set up six storage buildings, on a chunk of city-owned land at the corner of 112 Street and Tahltan Road.  Each building can be separated into two storage areas, allowing for up to 12 separate sports group to utilize the Community League Building.

Sports groups that are registered with the organization would then rent out the space for a nominal charge.

On Monday October 26th, City Council decided it will loan the sports council $35,000.  The money will allow the group to apply for a Direct Access Grant, which may pay half of the estimated $70,000 start-up costs.

The Sports Council will pay the City back in full by December 31st, 2016.  In the event that the project doesn’t qualify for a grant, the funds will be returned to the city with interest.

City Council also agreed it will enter into negotiations for a long-term lease on the requested property. The Sports Council has requested a long-term lease valued at $1 per year.