By Cole Parkinson
Some upgrades are incoming for the Vauxhall Community Hall.
After applying for a grant from the Community Foundation as a joint venture between the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball and Town of Vauxhall, they were successful in their bid and received $15,000 from the organization.
The VAB have been using the hall as their winter training facility since the program began, though they have been working towards building their own indoor baseball facility.
The grant was filled out by Lois Maloney after VAB was unsuccessful in acquiring a grant from the Farm Credit Corporation FCC AgriSpirit Fund where they hoping to get $25,000 for hall upgrades.
“It’s not as much as they were hoping from the previous grant but it covers quite a bit,” said CAO Cris Burns at Vauxhall council’s regular meeting on Dec. 17.
The grant sees $5,000 of the total come from the Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association which contributed a total of $16,439 to four of the projects supported by the Community Priorities Fund.
Meanwhile, the Community Priorities Fund will provide $214,155 in grants to 27 projects and organizations throughout Southwestern Alberta including the Taber Food Bank at $10,000 to replace food storage appliances and maintenance equipment and Town of Taber at $10,000 to support construction of an accessible playground.
In terms of where the money will be used in the building, there are many items on the checklist that will see upgrades.
“The items we have on the list are the stage curtain. Not the actual big curtain that closes off the wall but the stage curtain that hides equipment such as the baseball equipment. Repair the back wall (north wall) where baseballs have damaged as well as some sound baffles. We don’t know what they cost,” stated Burns. “Some paint as well and front of stage.”