The Oyama Community Club will undergo some major capital improvements.

The Oyama Community Club will undergo some major capital improvements.

Oyama hall garners support

Lake Country taxpayers are doing their part to ensure the viability of a community asset.

Lake Country taxpayers are doing their part to ensure the viability of a community asset.

Council will provide $10,000 to the Oyama Community Club for the community hall.

“It’s a meeting place and part of the community and it’s all done by volunteers,” said Mayor James Baker.

“If we had to run a municipal community centre in each of the four wards, we’d be paying more than  our capital grant.”

The $10,000 will go towards urgent repairs to improve the safety of the fire exits at the Oyama hall.

There will also be upgrades to electrical services,   lighting  and the foundation.

Baker says it’s a challenge for non-profit groups to come up with the funds required for major capital works and the district wants to provide assistance.

“We want to recognize the phenomenal work of volunteers.”

The funding is coming from the district’s community hall grant program.

“Since the inception of the program in 2007, the Oyama Community Club has been provided with $71,000 in community hall grants to improve the hall’s grounds and facilities,” said Rose Bronswyk Kassa, financial services manager, in a memo to council.

“In addition, the district paved the Oyama Community Hall parking lot, which was valued at about $88,000.”