Township agrees to lend curling club cash for roof

Centre Wellington council agreed on Monday night it will provide the Fergus Curling Club with a $25,000 no interest loan for its roof – with conditions.

The club is applying for a Trillium Fund grant to fix its roof.

The Fergus club is the oldest in Ontario and celebrated its 175th anniversary last year.

Treasurer Wes Snarr told council in a report that the club wants to replace the roof of its building on St. George Street West.

The work includes extending the footprint of the building along the side that fronts on George Street.

The club would repay the loan over a five year period.

When council considered the issue, councillor Walt Visser said, “I think it’s the oldest club in Ontario. I totally think we should” support the loan.

Club president John Anderson told council that if the club is refused, it will have to rethink its plans and find another way to get the work done.

He said the club’s share of the total cost is $69,000 and the loan request is part of that.

The Trillium Fund uses the profits from casinos and slots facilities in Ontario to help with projects in the community.