Centre Chevalier upgrade planned

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

A final upgrade to Centre Chevalier in Falher could be in the works if a grant application is successful.

Centre Chevalier manager Lindy Tremblay wrote the M.D. of Smoky River council Feb. 25 asking for support for their Co-op Community Spaces grant application.

“The hall is in need of funds to finish the exterior wall,” wrote Tremblay.

“Deterioration and major winds and the rain damaged the west exterior walls in 2018. We have done most of the repairs, all that’s left is finishing the stucco on the exterior,” she adds.

Cost of the project is $20,247.36 including GST.

There is more that needs to be done, however.

“The centre’s furnace room is also in major need or repairs and equipment replacement,” wrote Tremblay.

“We have had many plumbers in to have a look at our situation and all of them have said we need to do these updates and repairs as the leaking pipes are on borrowed time and may burst at any minute.”

Leaking pipes are already causing increased water and heating bills while the furnace room needs a complete overhaul, at a quoted price of $22,050 including GST.

Tremblay wrote she hopes repairs can be completed by fall.

The M.D. of Smoky River council supported the grant application at is March 10 meeting.

“The Centre Chevalier is not only a community centre for local residents to gather for community or special events, it is also the Emergency Reception Centre for the Smoky River region in the event of a disaster or crisis,” wrote Brochu.

“The M.D. of Smoky River understands the need and importance for the repairs to the Centre Chevalier in order for them to be able to provide the community full access to all areas of the building at a moment’s notice.”

Centre Chevalier is a community centre serving residents of the entire Smoky River region.

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