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Union Gas offers to fix arena seats

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The town could get some help from Union Gas to fix damaged seats at the ’52 Canadians and Ice For Kids arenas down the road.

At Monday night’s meeting, council received a letter from Luke Skaarup, Union Gas utility services and construction manager, notifying it that the company has a program where its employees and retirees can submit a volunteer “Helping Hands” project and receive up to $1,000 in grants to help improve the community, either through working with the town or a registered charity group.

Last year, Union Gas applied for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s “Project Petunia,” and used $1,000 to purchase flowers for the downtown beautification, as well as had employees and volunteers help plant them.

Skaarup noted two Union Gas employees are interested in submitting a proposal to help repair or replace some of the damaged seats at the two arenas.

The project would entail Union Gas employees and other volunteers physically removing any broken parts and replacing them with new ones—or even replacing a damaged seat altogether.

If approved, funds to purchase materials would be provided to the town, then Union Gas employees and other volunteers would assist with the installation.

Union Gas could access up to $1,000 each for these two projects.

“While this isn’t enough money to repair all of the damaged seats, it would certainly be a valuable contribution for all citizens of our community who use the seating in these two arenas,” Skaarup noted.

He asked council to review the proposal, and decide whether to support it or not.

Council referred Skaarup’s invitation to the Community Services executive committee for its recommendation.

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