Four companies are in the running to land the contract to build the new $3.5-million recreational facility planned for La Salle.
La Salle Community Centre vice-president Gary Romijn said the deadline for the companies’ detailed bids on the multi-use complex is Oct. 4.
A timeline for the project has yet to be determined, but it’s clear that the current community centre is well past its prime, he said. Ongoing moisture problems and cramped quarters mean that the 27-year-old facility can no longer meet the growing community’s needs.
A draft plan for the new complex includes a gymnasium which can be divided for multiple use, an exercise room, a smaller activity room and change rooms to accommodate indoor and outdoor activities. A new outdoor rink that can double as tennis and basketball courts in the warm weather, upgrades to four baseball diamonds, a new fastball diamond and changes to the football and soccer fields have also been included.
Brian Cornelsen, a member of the centre’s facility committee, said members of the public were asked what they wanted to see included in the new facility during the past six year. A municipal recreation study completed last year also supported the project.
About two years ago, the RM of Macdonald council approved a borrowing bylaw to enable the municipality to issue a debenture that will raise approximately $3.2 million of the total project cost over 20 years. The rest of the money will come from a municipal grant of $255,000 and about $70,000 from fundraising.
According to a public presentation in January 2010, residential and commercial property owners within the La Salle rink district will pay an annual fixed fee of $150 plus a variable fee of $27.04 per $100,000 assessed property value. These figures were based on the number of properties on the tax roll at that time. As new properties are added, the variable fee they pay will decrease.
"We will keep lowering the mill rate section as new people come on," said Macdonald CAO Tom Raine. "We want to be as accurate as we can be."
Romijn said that the Velnes Group, a Winnipeg fundraising consultant, was hired to organize a fundraising campaign designed to bring in money to buy items like fitness equipment for the exercise room.
"It’s too early to say how much money we want to raise," he said.
Cornelsen said the new fundraising campaign will kick-off in the next few months.