TRURO – With $450,000 still to be raised for the construction of the Cougar Dome, officials are requesting a donation from the County of Colchester to help with the cause.
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Cougar Dome officials Tanya Colburne, at left, and Ron Chisholm are seen making a presentation to Colchester County Council Wednesday night during which they requested a financial donation from the municipality. HARRY SULLIVAN – TRURO DAILY NEWS
Facility director Tanya Colburne told council Wednesday night that the facility has “a very solid business plan” in place to deal with operating costs and that the dome was constructed on time and on budget.
But given that only $1.75 million of the dome’s $2.2 million construction cost has been raised to date, officials are seeking help to complete the fundraising efforts.
“We’re very happy with those numbers but still have some work to do,” Colburne said.
Ron Chisholm of the Cobequid Society for Athletic Excellence, told council the facility is intended to provide a site for children within Colchester County and beyond, to be active and to hone their athletic skills.
And while officials are not in a position where they need somebody “to throw us a life preserver,” bills related to the construction process do need to be paid and to that end, he said, “I guess we are looking for a donation. I’ll leave it up to the county to determine what would be appropriate.”
Council referred the matter to a future committee meeting for deliberation.