Phase 4 eyed for rec. centre 0
By Lorne Stelmach
Cost factors had meant leaving out one piece of the puzzle that made up the grand plan for the expansion and renovation of the Access Event Centre.
The expansion and renovation of the stage area of the main hall however is still in the works, and the town is now hoping to start laying some of the groundwork for it.
Phase four of the community centre project will be a priority to be put forward by Morden for new federal infrastructure funding.
Council agreed at its July 16 meeting to submit a request for funding to the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for that project as well as for money towards completing a Morden trail and pathways development plan.
Over a three year period, the former Morden Community Centre went through almost $5.5 million worth of renovations, upgrades and additions in three phases that included opening up the viewing areas in the arena, more meeting rooms, new entrance and lobby and a separate entrance for the hall. However, the town had put off the expansion of the community hall including development of a new stage area.
A look at other business that came up before council at its July 16 meeting:
- Council gave final approval to the new Sunday shopping bylaw that clears the way for local merchants to stay open for extended hours.
- Development guidelines were also approved for the Pembina Connection retail development on the east end highway entrance to Morden. The aim is to have all development along the strip meet a certain standard and appearance as more businesses join those already in operation there.
- A conditional use order was granted to allow the operator of an auto service business to expand into auto sales as well. Council sought some assurances from Victor Kunz on the extent of his plans for sales at his Cochlan Drive location in the incubator mall.
- Another conditional use order was granted to allow a pawn broker to set up shop in a commercial highway restricted zone. Council sought assurances that the pawn shop to be located at 618 Thornhill would abide by all conditions of the town's pawn broker bylaw including documenting and tracking all goods bought and sold.
- Council renewed its agreement for purchasing water from the Pembina Valley Water Co-op. Councillors cited it as a vital backup source of water for the community.
- And Morden's chief administrative officer will have a new title to go along with the town's coming new status as a city. Council approved a motion that the CAO position become city manager.