The Kimberley Health Centre Society is turning to the city to cover nearly $300,000 for a new roof.
The society requested a loan from council, saying the top of the building is nearing the end of its lifespan.
Treasurer Jack Ratcliffe says the roof of the medical clinic and all connected services has been in place for over 40 years.
“What we’re hoping to do is put a new roof on the health centre,” Ratcliffe says. “The old one has been providing service for 40 plus years with no real problems, but we know this can’t go on forever. We are living on borrowed time.”
Ratcliffe says this is a major expense and the society can’t cover the cost on its own.
“Its essential to the operation of the health centre and what we’re hoping to do there is borrow the money that we can’t contribute to the project,” Ratcliffe says. “Its a question mark, its lived long beyond the expected life at this point and time.”
Councillors will make a decision on the funding at a future meeting.
Interior Health leases parts of the facility from the society and is not responsible for general upkeep of the building.
– Kimberley Health Centre Society Treasurer, Jack Ratcliffe
– Jeff Johnson