Funding sought for tennis courts


The Multiuse/Tennis Court Committee is requesting financial assistance from the Northwest Catholic District School Board at its regular meeting tonight.
“As this facility will serve thousands of students for many years to come, it is our hope that the Northwest Catholic District School Board will see the tremendous benefit of this project for lifelong health and enjoyment,” committee chair Rick Wiedenhoeft wrote.
“We therefore respectfully ask for a financial donation from the separate board to see this worthwhile endeavour come to fruition,” he noted, adding they hope to start construction this coming summer or early fall.
Wiedenhoeft said the Rainy River District School Board finance committee met Sept. 29 to make a recommendation to the whole board on its level of commitment.
“We are optimistic that the Rainy River District School Board will come through with some financial support,” he wrote.
The committee is seeking financial support from the community to construct four new tennis courts along the fenceline of the St. Francis Sportsfield on the north side of Fort High.
The estimated cost of the project is $320,000.
The Town of Fort Frances has committed to providing up to $112,000 while the committee also received $10,000 from the Moffat Family Fund.
It has applied for a Trillium Grant of $150,000, and has received donations from district residents and businesses.
Also at tonight’s meeting, trustees will:
•hear a health and safety report;
•look to approve the revision to bylaw 100, article 3.4 (Election of Vice-Chair); and
•look to approve the Audit Committee’s 2014-15 annual report.
The meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m. via teleconference at the board office next to St. Francis School.