Lacombe County has logged an assist in Bentley’s arena renovation project.
Council approved spending up to $100,000 to help the town undertake major upgrades to the arena. The project, estimated to cost $621,500, would see the roof replaced, lighting and heating fixtures replaced, washrooms upgraded and a new natural gas-powered Zamboni purchased.
The town hopes to line up just under $400,000 in federal and provincial grants and $10,000 each from Bentley Minor Hockey and the Bentley Rodeo Committee.
Also going towards the project will be $25,000 the town won for its fourth-place finish in the 2011 Kraft Hockeyville competition.
In a letter to the county, the town asked for $89,250 to cover half of the $178,500 not covered by other funding. The town will pay the other half.
Bentley Arena was built in the 1960s and has been renovated over the years.