Construction on the new ramp for the Elks' Hall will begin in the spring once the snow clears.

Construction on the new ramp for the Elks' Hall will begin in the spring once the snow clears.

Fundraising begins for new Elks Hall roof

Construction on a new wheelchair ramp for the Elks Hall will begin in the spring thanks to generous donations from the community.

Construction on a new wheelchair ramp for the Elks Hall will begin in the spring thanks to generous donations from the community.

With that ramp funding in place the Elks are also now fundraising to replace the singles on the Elks Hall roof.

“The Elks want to thank the residents, businesses and private individuals for their generous financial support for the construction of a new wheelchair ramp at the Elks Hall,” says hall manager and Elks member Arnie Zimmerman.

He says funding-raising was completed too late to begin construction of the ramp early last fall, so the work will begin once the snow clears in the spring.

The present ramp needs to be replaced because it it is too narrow and too steep to meet today’s building code regulations.

“This new ramp will be a great benefit for people with physical disabilities to access the Elks Hall.”

He says the Elks are now fundraising to replace the shingles on the roof of the Elks Hall which are more than 20 years old and need replacing.

“We are presently fundraising to make this happen,” Zimmerman says.

He says it will cost approximately $30,000 to remove the old shingles and replace them with new ones. Because of generous donations from the community, he says the Elks have already raised $15,000 toward the new roof project.

 

People who would like to make a donation for the new roof can contact Arnie Zimmerman at 250-392-5451. Cheques can be made payable to Cariboo Elks Lodge 239, and mailed to Arnie Zimmerman at 1165 Moon Avenue, Williams Lake, B.C. V2G-4C1.