PRITCHARD — The Pritchard rodeo grounds will be getting a new covered grandstand.
I and Electoral Area L director Ken Gillis have committed gas tax funding — ratified by the TNRD board — for up to $225,000 for the much-needed grandstand.
I committed gas tax funds for 30 per cent of the project up to a maximum of $66,000, with Director Gillis committing the remainder. The rodeo association will contribute $5,000.
Federal gas tax funds are granted to the TNRD and assigned to the electoral areas based on population. Spending of the funds for various projects is recommended by electoral area directors and submitted to the board for approval. Projects must also be approved through the Union of B.C. Municipalities.
We met with residents at the site some weeks ago and the existing old grandstand clearly needs to be replaced. Since that meeting, staff has been investigating designs and construction and has found that the project unfortunately can’t be accomplished in time for this year’s rodeo.
However, it will be place for next year.