Vale presented a cheque to the Burntwood Curling Club, during the annual general meeting on June 1, for their new ice plant. Grant Brown, elected president of the curling club, who was previously past president, went to the City of Thompson explaining that a new ice plant was needed during the 2015 budget talks.
The ice plant currently being used was installed in 1968, and is still kicking, but Grant says it’s ready to be replaced.
The new plant, which will cost $178,379, is coming from Cimco. The expenses are being broken into four different areas; the plant and installation will cost $146,997, the electrical work will be $1,200, a contractor will cost $9,660 and combined PST and GST will have a price tag of $20,522.
The city has provided the down payment of the new equipment at a cost of $40,000 as well as a loan/debenture of $66,277. The Community Places Program will give $30,000 to the club once the installation is complete, and the 2014/2015 fish fry revenue from the club totalled $4,602.
The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries small capital sponsorship program has granted the club $25,000 and Vale announced $12,500. “With Vale we get a lot of requests and what we have been talking about, is that we’re part of the community, but not the sole part of the community. We really look towards community clubs working with us to generate what they need to do like replacing the ice plant,” explained Lovro Paulic, who presented the cheque to Grant Brown and Alex Sutherland.
The down payment cheque was given to Cimco on May 25, and installation will start soon.