Six-figure request made to county council

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Cougar Dome seeking assistance with construction costs

TRURO  - Cougar Dome officials have made a request to the County of Colchester for a $100,000 contribution to help pay off remaining capital costs.

Cougar Dome request

“Wishful thinking but, yes, that is what we have suggested, over five years,” facility director Tanya Colburne, said of the request to the municipality.

“We still have ongoing requests out to private donors, corporate sponsors (and) we’ve also applied for a number of grants, etc., etc.,” she said, of the effort to raise the remaining $450,000 of the dome’s $2.2 million construction cost.

“So, certainly they are not the only ones who we are requesting potential donations from,” Colburne said.

Colchester council turned down a previous request for a capital contribution during the early stages of the project.

The Cobequid Society for Athletic Excellence, which operates the dome, has also requested $10,000 from the municipality’s Grants for Non-Profit Program. Both requests were referred to council’s ongoing budget deliberations.

If council were to approve the request for the $100,000 Colburne said, it would make “a huge difference” in helping to eliminate the last of the facility’s capital debt and help officials in their quest to ensure the dome can operate entirely from its own revenues.

“So it would get us a huge step closer to being able to do that,” she said. “And we feel confident we can anyway but, obviously, the elimination of any debt is always a good way of guaranteeing that that will happen.”

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Organizations: Colchester council, Cobequid Society for Athletic Excellence

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