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Ex. Park asks Lethbridge City Council for $17.8 million loan for redevelopment

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Lethbridge Exhibition Park outlined plans to City Council Monday afternoon (Aug. 10) regarding a $70 million redevelopment project.

A few weeks ago, the provincial government committed $27.8 million toward the planned agri-food hub, trade centre.

The majority of the footprint for this project sits on the east side of Parkside Drive on the former Henderson Lake Campground site. The exhibition doesn’t own the land.

Exhibition Park’s Chief Operating Officer, Mike Warkentine asked Council for a $17.8 million loan over 30 years to complete the project. The loan, if approved, would be paid for by the exhibition. “There is no tax support required and no additional operating subsidy required on this loan,” Warkentine told Councillors.

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Council decided instead to postpone a decision for two weeks, until August 24th.

If all works out, it’s expected that permitting and tendering will happen this coming winter with site preparation and construction starting as early as spring 2021.

A couple years ago Lethbridge City Council included $25 million through the Capital Improvement Plan.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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