Guy Lauzon, MP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, rocked the house last Thursday (February 21) when he announced the Government of Canada was providing up to $31,650 to the Morrisburg Curling Club for building upgrades.
The successful funding application to the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund was primarily to put a wheelchair accessible washroom in the upstairs club level, explained a very pleased club president, Mahlon Locke.
Locke says, the club is also planning to add an exterior handicap ramp and automatic door on the front entrance and to do some kitchen upgrades.
Lauzon made the presentation on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
“Once again this is another example of how we are showing our support for local infrastructure right here in our community,” said Lauzon who was greeted by the club’s Thursday morning mixed league curlers.
This is an investment in the furture for infrastructure, Lauzon told the curlers. “Maybe all of us can get together in 10-15 years to reminisce about this day.”
In reply, one curler humorously accepted the invitation claiming he would “be able to use the wheelchair ramp.”
“Your help is greatly appreciated,” said Locke who explained the majority of the club membership is senior age, “although we do have 18 Little Rocks playing.”
The club held a formal information meeting concerning the renovations two weeks ago, with about 20 members in attendance.
According to Locke, the option being considered is a relocation of the current bar to a little used open space near the kitchen.
This would open up the current recessed bar and storeroom area for the new washroom. The current washrooms are located in the club’s basement at the bottom of a long set of steps.
In the last few years, the club has made steady improvements to the 60 year old building and upgraded equipment.”
“Every year, we have picked away at it a bit, and the ladies in the club have done a great job brightening up the main clubroom.”
“Our goal is to rent the facility out during the season and during the off-season. We will be the only small venue in the area with a handicap accessible facility.”
Locke hopes to have the plans finalized soon and to be ready for an April 15 start-up date.