Salmon Arm residents did not take the opportunity to oppose the city’s role in a proposed indoor tennis facility when they had the chance.
The deadline for official opposition to the city of Salmon Arm’s plan to co-sign a loan supporting the construction of an indoor tennis court has passed without enough dissent voiced to halt the plan.
Salmon Arm city council voted in August to co-sign a $750,000 loan for the Salmon Arm Tennis Club to construct two indoor tennis courts at their existing facility near Little Mountain Park.
Co-signing the loan is subject to an alternative approval process in which 10 per cent of the electorate could overturn the decision by signing a petition. In order to force a referendum, 1,336 counter petition signatures were required by Oct. 28; four were received.
A report on the results of the alternative approval process will go before council for final approval at their Nov. 14 meeting.
“Certainly we’re pleased and look forward to continue fundraising,” said Ken Hecker of the Salmon Arm Tennis Club. “We’d like to be in the position to start construction in early spring. This is a huge step forward because it helps with our financing.”
Hecker said the club was hesitant to proceed with fundraising until they knew they could count on the loan.
The club plans to apply for several different grants to help fund the construction of the indoor facility.
At the time of their initial request for a loan guarantee from the city the club had already raised $390,455 and planned to raise another $383,458.
Hecker added the contractors and suppliers have already been very generous to the tennis club and they are working towards the best and least expensive way to build the indoor courts.
“We hope we will be able to hit the courts indoors by next winter,” Hecker said.