HUMBOLDT — The city will contribute $40,000 towards a $150,000 renovation to the Humboldt Broncos change room within the Elgar Petersen Arena.
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team had requested the city contribute 1/3 of the cost, around $50,000.
Rona will contribute $50,000 to the project. The Broncos are working on securing other contributions.
Michael Ulriksen, the city’s leisure services director, told council at their meeting April 26 the lease agreement with the team does require the city to take care of any costs connected to maintaining the building itself.
“We're confident that $40,000 as a contribution is a more fitting amount and goes towards the lighting, the flooring, the painting, things that we would be doing otherwise if the Broncos were no longer weren't using the facility,” he said.
A report to council said the remainder of the cost would go towards lockers and other equipment specific to the Broncos organization.
“We do want to make sure that council is aware that these are warranted repairs,” Ulriksen said. “These aren’t nice-to-haves that we're looking to help put some funding toward but things that we feel are in the best interest of the building itself to get done at this time.”
Between 2018 and 2021, the city has invested more than $90,000 in maintenance towards the change rooms used by the general public, the report said.
“It goes without saying that the other change rooms needed it and so does this one,” Ulriksen told council.
Michael Behiel, Humboldt’s mayor, said he was in support of the contribution.
“Having personally walked through those areas, I can definitely concur that it is overdue for some renovations and upgrades.”
The $40,000 contribution was not in the 2021 budget and will have to be paid for by tapping into the contingency reserve or using savings realized elsewhere at year end.