"Newer and more efficient equipment would reduce the chance of equipment failure mid-season, help modernize the club's ice plant and decrease ongoing hydro costs, allowing the club to open for the 2017-18 season and be sustainable in years to come." The board said people can support the club by donating to its Go Fund Me page (https:// sharing the Go Fund Me page with others or registering now as a member for the 2017-18 season. "It's scary when something like this happens to a neighbouring facility, as we face many of the same challenges and our board members are often faced with difficult decisions to increase fees.
So much so, that the Copper Cliff Curling Club's board of directors is preparing to say goodbye, since they won't be able to afford operation costs this season.
We have appealed to our local MPP, Glenn Thibeault - Minister of Energy, for help in regards to the uncontrollable and unpredictable increases in hydro costs but without success." The board said the club's compressor is now more than 30 years old and is a critical component of the ice plant.
"Replacing this piece of equipment alone costs ,000, which is why we have set our Go Fund Me goal at that amount. A columnist for the North Bay Nugget noted the Copper Cliff club is struggling with its aging equipment and high hydro prices and wondered if other clubs may encounter similar difficulties.
"Unfortunately, substantial increases in hydro costs over the past few years have cut into the club's cash reserves, and it cannot afford to buy the required equipment," the board said.
"Hydro is a major expense for curling clubs; our annual hydro bill has gone up 20 (per cent) over the last three seasons.