The Kapuskasing Curling Club is in need of assistance from the town. Club officials held a meeting with town staff recently to discuss ongoing issues including heat and hydro bills.
Secretary Treasurer Jim Mangan says he not sure how many more years the club will be able to keep going without some help.
He adds the Curling club was paying for all expenses after the construction of the new building but gradually the town has gotten more involved.
“Like the town takes care of the building itself like if there is a problem with any of the hardware with respect to the compressor or the ice plant or the roofing the town is more and more involved because it’s their building we rent it from them,” he said.
Mangan says volunteers are responsible for all day to day operations including ice making. There are 82 curlers this season up from 75 of a year ago. He says numbers are starting to return to pre-pandemic levels.
He adds the club has done more fundraising from a spaghetti supper to a 50-50 draw. He adds it’s not enough.
“That brought in more money,” he said. “We got more money in from our sponsorships. Our local merchants have responded quite well to our request to support us. We increased our fees to our members by five per cent. So we’ve taken these steps in order to increase our revenue.”
The Club has hit with an $11,000 Natural Gas Bill after the season had come to an end.