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Eckville Town Council gives funding to two community projects

The Eckville Curling Club and the Eckville Fundraising Society will be receiving funds for projects

Eckville Town Council will be providing funding to two community projects.

At the May 27 regular meeting the Eckville Curling Club asked the Town for money to help pay for the replacement of the current lighting in the rink to LED lighting.

The club had received a $10,000 grant and needed to make up the remainder of the $32,539.02 quote to complete the project.

At the regular scheduled meeting on June 10, council voted unanimously to give the club $23,000 for more efficient LED lighting.

The funding was pulled from the Curling Rink Reserve and will have no impact on the 2019 Operating Budget.

Council also decided to provide funding to the Eckville Fundraising Society’s new playground.

The group had come to council previously asking for money to help build a new playground at the Eckville Elementary School, as the current one will be obsolete in a few years.

Council voted, four to two, to provide $50,000 to be put towards the cost of the new playground.

Councillor Karin Engen said the playground is an important draw for the community, as well as for the younger kids and young families.

It is still undecided as to where the money will be pulled from in the budget.

Additionally, in the management report for the June 10 meeting the garbage and recycling glitch was addressed.

The recycling and garbage was not picked up on June 5 due to the contractor mistaking the end of contract term.

The issue was quickly resolved and communicated with the community via Facebook and the Town website. The garbage and recycling was collected the next morning.

Also, CAO Jack Ramsden was recognized during the meeting for 40 years of municipal service.

Ramsden had been in Quebec City at the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) President’s Dinner to receive his recognition pin on May 29.

The next regular scheduled council meeting is June 24 at 6 p.m.

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