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$83,000 matching grant received for Twin Butte hall improvements

Wednesday, 29 November 2017. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

$83,000 matching grant received for Twin Butte hall improvements
Pat Stier, MLA for Livingstone-Macleod, presents a cheque for $83,000 last week to excited members of the Twin Butte Community Society. From left are Ron Schmidt, Becky Mitchell-Skinner, Mr. Stier and Sophie LaRocque. The funds will be used to upgrade the hall.   Photo courtesy of Becky Mitchell-Skinner

$83,000 matching grant received for Twin Butte hall improvements

By Georgia Dale

Twin Butte Community Society has received an $83,000 grant from the province, which will go toward developing barrier-free access to Twin Butte Community Hall.

Pat Stier, Livingstone-Macleod MLA, presented the cheque on Nov. 22, matching community fundraising efforts. In order to meet the criteria for the grant from the Community Facility Enhancement Program, the community was required to raise $83,000.

The money will be used to “upgrade the 1936 community hall by constructing an addition on the south side with a new entrance, which includes wheelchair-accessible washrooms,” says Becky Mitchell Skinner, a member of the renovation committee.

The addition will also improve access to all areas of the hall via elevators and stairs from the new entrance on the ground level.

The current layout of the hall includes washrooms that can be accessed only via a steep flight of stairs to the basement. Becky says this excludes access for many persons with disabilities or seniors and can inhibit their ability to “attend the events at the hall in comfort.”

The updates are also required so that the hall can continue to serve the community in events such as elections.

Twin Butte Community Society expresses gratitude to the entire community for their volunteer work and fundraising efforts, as well as to architectural technician Laura Kent and architect Stuart Johnstone for their expert advice and planning.

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