Erin seeks grant of almost $1.8 million for community centre improvements

ERIN – Extensive upgrades will be done at the Erin Community Centre if the town is successful in a bid for a $1,765,000 grant through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

Applications are being accepted now, with the federal government providing $407 million to cover 40% of selected projects, the provincial government $320 million to cover 33.33% and municipalities paying the balance of 26.67%.

The total cost of the Erin project is about $2.4 million, with the town prepared to pay $635,000 for its share. The project meets the criteria for the rehabilitation and renovation category, infrastructure director Nick Collucci reported to council on Nov. 5

The town will include $635,000 in the 2020 capital budget.

If the grant application is unsuccessful the money will be used for high-priority improvements already planned at the community centre for 2020 and 2021.

These include asphalt paving, upgrading washroom fixtures, new flooring, painting, and HVAC upgrades, with the most costly item being upgrades to the roof structures and replacement of the roofing system for $279,300. More roof upgrading valued at $170,000 is scheduled for 2022.

Also included in the grant application is $500,000 for the generator, wiring and switch needed to support an emergency warming centre, $150,000 for elevator refurbishment and accessibility upgrades, $150,000 for an accessible viewing area enclosure with seating and $130,000 for replacement of the theatre seating.