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Evansburg Seniors Lodge asks for assistance with leaky roof

by Dana McArthur

Representatives from the Evansburg Seniors
Lodge Board, Floyd Fausak (President of the
Evansburg Legion Branch #196) along with Maxine
Beasley Lappe, gave a presentation to Yellowhead
County Council at their Governance and Priorities
meeting held January 16.
The Evansburg Legion owns and operates the
Evansburg Seniors Lodge through the Evansburg
Seniors Lodge Board. "Our building was
constructed over 40 years ago (1974) and this past
fall our roof began to show its age with major leaks Passport•Citizenship•Rifle Arms Licence•
and damage that required immediate action," said Permanent Resident•Photos & more
Fausak. Although emergency repairs have been
done the roof needs replacing in the near future.
"As owner of the Evansburg Seniors Lodge, and DROP IN AND SEE!
with the cooperation of the lodge board and photo Dana McArthur
residents, we ask your consideration for assistance 5040 3rd Avenue, Edson
in securing grants from multiple levels of Floyd Fausak and Maxine Beasley Lappe representing the Evansburg Seniors Lodge Board made a
government and for funding," said Fausak. "The presentation to Yellowhead County Council regarding the lodge's need for a new roof.
total project cost is estimated at $160,000 we are 780-723-5787
asking for help in any way."
At present they have $60,000 designated for roof have an accountant, "We have a financial statement taxes on the facility as it is operated as a seniors The Weekly Anchor
replacement but they hope to keep some of that for from 2016 we could provide." residence by the Legion.
a contingency fund, and continue to do fundraising. Councillor David Russell asked, "Why did the County CAO Jack Ramme asked if there was ever
The facility has 16 double and 5 single suites Legion get involved with a seniors lodge," Fausak a facility assessment done to address the future
housing up to 38 residents and is open to all replied, "At the time Evergreens Foundation moved maintenance and needs of the building. Fausak
seniors, not only veterans. It offers in-room the lodge over [now operating as the Sunshine responded they had a building inspection recently Edson Funeral Home
cooking, a restaurant where seniors can receive Place in Evansburg] and there was a need for and they have done their own maintenance walk-
meals from $2 to $3 per plate, a common area, and affordable seniors housing, and there was this throughs on a regular basis, but no actual FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH
outdoor sitting spaces. Rent is set between $650 empty building." professional facility study has been done. "It's a
and $705 based on the suite and occupancy, with Records of the time state that with news the well-built structure and in generally good Must stay on page 7
utilities included. vacant lodge in Evansburg was to be bulldozed, it condition, and except for a few minor issues, the
"We are very proud of our Senior's Lodge as are was Gordon Heaton who took action to save it. roof is the only major concern."
the many veterans and seniors residing there. We Gordon used his role as president of Legion Branch In a previous meeting lodge representatives held As per Sue
have provided a home with comfort, security and 196 to arrange meetings and develop a proposal to with MP Jim Eglinski, he identified the lodge could
affordability. To maintain that goal is a priority for address the community's need for more affordable apply for a New Horizons grant of up to $25,000. On right hand side
us as we do not want to cause any financial housing for seniors. After only a few months, the Council agreed the County could offer assistance
hardship," said Fausak. renovation was completed ahead of schedule in with identifying and applying for government of the page
Councillor Anthony Giezen asked if council could August 2004. grants that may be available. "Soroka added that
have a financial statement from the lodge before Mayor Gerald Soroka pointed out to the new they could return to council to ask for financial
making any decisions. Fausak responded they do council members that the county does waive the assistance, "Once you have a more concrete
number in the future.”

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