Directors apply for birthday funds

A $100,000 Canada 150 grant is being sought for the Greater Vernon Museum.

Canada’s 150th birthday could pay big dividends for a cultural amenity.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board voted Wednesday to apply for $100,000 from the federal Canada 150 community infrastructure grant program for a $200,000 upgrade of the Greater Vernon Museum.

“There’s an opportunity to get 50-cent dollars,” said David Sewell, chief administrative officer.

The funding, which would also come from the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee, would go towards shelving, mechanical and electrical work and a new roof on the museum.

“There’s a significant problem there and because of global warming, we’re getting flash rains,” said director Brian Quiring of the roof.

“Those are important artifacts in there. If someone is throwing money at us, let’s take the money.”

The capital projects were identified after the Canadian Conservation Institute conducted an assessment of the museum.

“Given that the museum facility is a centennial building, constructed in 1967, this is an appropriate project for this funding opportunity,” said Tannis Nelson, RDNO’s community development co-ordinator, in a report.

“The museum roof has been on the capital budget program for several years and this work will need to be done regardless of whether or not the funding is awarded.

RDNO will also seek a $150,000 Canada 150 grant for a $300,000 replacement of the artificial turf at the VantageOne Soccer Centre.

“There’s no question that this field needs replacing,” said director Bob Fleming.

The turf was installed in the indoor facility in 2006 and its expected 10-year life expectancy will be reached in 2016.