Arena contract signed, prep work begins

At the Town of Smithers council meeting June 25, moved unanimously to sign a contract with C and M Development Inc. to build a second arena.

It’s official, Smithers is getting a second arena.

At the regular Town of Smithers council meeting on June 25, moved unanimously to sign a contract with C and M Development Inc. to build a second arena for the price tag of $4.695 million.

“We’ve been waiting a long time to make that decision,” Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said.

“A lot of people were waiting to see if council was serious,

so hopefully once shovels are in the ground and the contractor starts the pre loading that’s going to show that this is happening.”

At a special public meeting at the end of April, Smithers councillors voted to boost the new arena project’s budget by about $1 million to $4.7 million.

Currently, just under $3.7 million has been raised for the project.

The difference will be made up using $400,000 from the town’s land sales reserve, $250,000 from a Northern Development Initiative Trust grant that has not yet been secured and $400,000 in community fundraising.

Councillors expressed hope once the community sees work begin on the project, the donations would start to roll in.

“It’s important for people to understand this contract means [the second arena] is going forward,” said Coun. Frank Wray.

“Now is the time that you can be assured your donations will actually go toward this project.”

C and M Development Inc. president and owner Chris Erb said he expects the pre-loading to begin on the site within the next week.

“It’s happening fairly quickly and we’ll go from there,” he said.

The pre-loading could take anywhere from two to four months, Erb said.

Community members have been working to build a second sheet of ice for more than 20 years.

 

Just Posted

Steelheads recruiting event shows promise

A small but enthusiastic group of organizers is hoping to put a Smithers team back in the CIHL

New wildlife regs amount to privatization

Editor, With the stroke of a pen, Minister Donaldson has made the… Continue reading

Fletcher disregards facts on climate action

Letter writer Macrae says inaction jeopardizes jobs

Open letter to the minister of education on school violence

Dear Minister Flemming, On May 24 of last year I had the… Continue reading

Indigenous health care a major topic for Northern Health

Health care access and new medical resource written entirely in Gitxsan on Northern Health agenda

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

‘Cutthroat’ sport of wine tasting happening in B.C.

BC Tasting Games are underway with competitions in three Okanagan communities.

Early data suggests no post-legalization spike in drug-impaired driving charges

Many police departments are prioritizing investigations related to drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine

VIDEO: Greater Victoria shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

Most Read