Ramp provided through community grant

NANAIMO – Regional district directors have voted to provide $5,355 to the Gabriola Senior Citizens Association for renovation work.

Regional District of Nanaimo directors have voted to provide $5,355 to the Gabriola Senior Citizens Association for renovation work at the Rollo Centre on Gabriola Island.

The association operates the centre and Ralph Hagen, association treasurer, had requested the money as a 40-square-metre addition is nearing completion, but the anticipated cost of $27,000 was more than the money the association had available.

The $5,355 will go toward a fire escape door and a ramp.

The board approved a motion at its Oct. 27 meeting, directing staff to complete an agreement with the association for the money, which will come from Gabriola Island’s allotment of Community Works Fund money.

“They’ve already spent $27,000 and so they had a bit of a shortfall and that’s why they came to the RDN,” said Howard Houle, regional district director for Gabriola Island.

“They’ve done some renovations and when they expanded, of course what it meant was that one of the emergency exits didn’t have a ramp and so they had a bit of a shortfall and that’s why we stepped up,” he said.

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