— 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.