Two Smithers business owners are stepping up in a big way to support the town’s goal of building a new library-gallery.
Harvey and Corry Tremblay of Hy-Tech Drilling have pledged to match community donations to the project up to one million dollars.
The Tremblays say they see the project as a chance to give back to the community in a way that benefits Bulkley Valley families and challenge residents to join them by chipping in.
The donation means the Town of Smithers will only have to borrow $1 million instead of the $1.5 million in the current funding plan and will likely strengthen the Town’s application for provincial and federal funds.
Mayor Taylor Bachrach calls it a significant step towards making the project a reality.
The Town will be applying for government grants this January for the combined Public Library and Art Gallery to be built in Veterans’ Peace Park at the end of Main Street.