City of Corner Brook gets financial support towards Pepsi Centre plan

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There was a St. Patrick's Day theme at the Corner Brook City Council meeting Monday with hats and green drinking water. Pictured is Coun. Mary Ann Murphy.
— Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

The City of Corner Brook will only pay about 10 per cent of the $330,000 cost of a recent functional space plan consultation and equipment upgrades for the Pepsi Centre.

During Monday night’s public council meeting, Mayor Charles Pender announced funding assistance up to the amount of $225,586 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s business development program to increase opportunities within Atlantic Provinces.

Pender also said he received a call from Premier Tom Marshall before the meeting on Monday and was told the Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development approved funding for the project in the amount of $11,937 for the consultant and $33,180 for upgrades on furniture and equipment at the Pepsi Centre.

“It’s a good deal for us,” Pender said of the financial assistance.

“I hope to see more of it, and we will see more of it. There’s already something that will be coming out later on.”

Consultation firm Hatch Mott MacDonald was brought in by the city to review the feasibility of implementing improvements and renovations to the Pepsi Centre to facilitate current and future needs of the public, the City of Corner Brook and Western Sports and Entertainment.

Last week a forum was held in which members of local recreation groups and the public were able to offer suggestions with the Hatch Mott MacDonald engineers who were present.

Following that meeting, Leon Higgins, division director with the consultation company, said they would “move rapidly” and expected a report would be filed by the end of March.

Earlier in Monday’s council meeting, two contracts were awarded, both pertaining to Pepsi Centre improvements.

A contract for 120 folding tables, 600 stacking chairs and 15 dollies for use at the facility was awarded to Superior Office Interiors on a bid of $69,037.35, HST included.

B & B Sales was awarded the contract to supply one self-propelled floor scrubber at a cost of $11,556.

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Organizations: Pepsi Centre.During, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Department of Innovation Rural Development Superior Office Interiors

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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  • Will Cole
    March 23, 2014 - 18:16

    That government subsidies to prop up yet another stagnant enterprise in that locality is seen by municipal leadership as a positive development with "hopes to see more of it" seems to indicate a mentality geared towards continued dependency on government hand-outs rather than the intrinsic self-sustainability of the community. If that's the kind of attitude prevalent no wonder the area seems to be in a chronically moribund state of economic and demographic stasis.

  • shar
    March 18, 2014 - 08:59

    get some damn financial support for a new hospital.

  • Mike
    March 18, 2014 - 08:20

    It's reassuring to know that with SO MANY highly qualified managers working within the ranks of City Hall, we must always rely on outside consulting firms to figure out how to properly MANAGE our assets. Oh well, at least there's a well organized committee for party favours.