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Village awaits inspection report on Cowley community hall

Village awaits inspection report on Cowley community hall
Mayor Barb Burnett says the village will make the repairs necessary to keep the half-century-old facility viable.
Mayor Barb Burnett says the village will make the repairs necessary to keep the half-century-old facility viable.
IMAGE: Dave Lueneberg
Like the sign naming it, Cowley’s community hall is showing its age.
IMAGE: Dave Lueneberg
Like the sign naming it, Cowley’s community hall is showing its age.

Village awaits inspection report on Cowley community hall

By Dave Lueneberg
By Dave Lueneberg
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
November 26, 2023
November 26, 2023

The Village of Cowley is hoping to hear back soon from a contractor it’s hired to look at just exactly what kind of work will be needed on its community hall.

Mayor Barb Burnett says the village will make the repairs necessary to keep the half-century-old facility viable.

“It will need to be properly evaluated by the contractor,” said Burnett, following a Nov. 13 council meeting. “So, in the meantime, we will try to maintain the structure until we can determine whether we need major repairs or just patch it up next year.”

Potential work includes repairs to the hall’s roof.

On Oct. 10, the community hall’s board approached council with a list of concerns that also included a bulge in part of the hall’s floor.

“One of things we’re looking at, moving forward, is trying to make the hall more profitable, making it more attractive for multi-use,” said board president Wendy Van Herk during an interview with Shootin’ the Breeze last month.

 

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“Maybe, if we replaced the gym floor, we could introduce pickleball or possibly badminton, we could create a better income.”

Van Herk also said, with many of the halls in the region reaching booking capacity for events like weddings, she’d like to see Cowley be able to step up and fill the void.

“The hall, it’s aging. It’s staying afloat but, right now, we don’t have the funds needed to do the extra repairs,” she added.

While many of the needs, like a new bar cooler or switching out dishes and cutlery, would need to happen through donations or fundraising efforts, the mayor has said, because the village owns the building, that it will cover any of the repair costs or needed upgrades to the structure.

The hall celebrated its 54th year anniversary on Nov. 1.

 

 

 

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The Village of Cowley is hoping to hear back soon from a contractor it’s hired to look at just exactly what kind of work will be needed on its community hall.

Mayor Barb Burnett says the village will make the repairs necessary to keep the half-century-old facility viable.

“It will need to be properly evaluated by the contractor,” said Burnett, following a Nov. 13 council meeting. “So, in the meantime, we will try to maintain the structure until we can determine whether we need major repairs or just patch it up next year.”

Potential work includes repairs to the hall’s roof.

On Oct. 10, the community hall’s board approached council with a list of concerns that also included a bulge in part of the hall’s floor.

“One of things we’re looking at, moving forward, is trying to make the hall more profitable, making it more attractive for multi-use,” said board president Wendy Van Herk during an interview with Shootin’ the Breeze last month.

 

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“Maybe, if we replaced the gym floor, we could introduce pickleball or possibly badminton, we could create a better income.”

Van Herk also said, with many of the halls in the region reaching booking capacity for events like weddings, she’d like to see Cowley be able to step up and fill the void.

“The hall, it’s aging. It’s staying afloat but, right now, we don’t have the funds needed to do the extra repairs,” she added.

While many of the needs, like a new bar cooler or switching out dishes and cutlery, would need to happen through donations or fundraising efforts, the mayor has said, because the village owns the building, that it will cover any of the repair costs or needed upgrades to the structure.

The hall celebrated its 54th year anniversary on Nov. 1.

 

 

 

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