Over 30 people showed up to a recreation commission meeting Tuesday to show their support for the Nelson Curling Club.
The meeting included a short pitch by club president Gordon Wiess that reiterated his desire for the Regional District of Central Kootenay to take over management of the club’s rink, which was forced to close in February after an ammonia leak was discovered.
Documents provided by the club say replacing or repairing the ice plant will cost an estimated $130,000.
That, Wiess says, is too high an expense for the club to take on. Financial statements made public last December show the club lost nearly $20,000 for the financial year ending April 30, 2018.
Wiess said the club also wants a new lease with the city that only runs Oct. 1 to March 31 during the curling season. The $3,000 monthly rental agreement would not include responsibility for the ice plant or building infrastructure.
No questions were asked by members of the commission, which includes Nelson city councillors and rural RDCK directors.
Wiess’s presentation also included several letters of support from businesses and organizations, including The Adventure Hotel, Balfour Golf Course, Bears Furniture and Appliances, Vince DeVito Kootenay Pedorthic Clinic, Curl BC, the Prestige Lakeside Resort, and Rosemont Elementary.
The club’s home, built in 1973, is owned by the City of Nelson and has been managed by the club since 1994. The 20-year lease agreed to at the time, however, expired five years ago.