Posted on Sep 19, 2019

The Rotary Club of High River will soon have a "new to them" building to help store their equipment. High River Town Council approved a new lease on a barn, which when added to the quonset the club is already using on the same property on the southside of town, will give the group the storage space they need for all their events. But they need to raise the roof on the building to make it all work. Rotary member and Parade Chair Hank Leeferink says they're "over the moon happy" with the arrangement. "The quonset is big enough for the Santa Claus float and the fire truck but then we still have some other parts that have to go outside." The Province gave the Town the property which included a quonset and a barn and the Rotary club leased the quonset in May but they had to wait a while longer for the pig barn, which was never used for pigs, was cleaned up and safety concerns were remediated. In order to use the barn on the property they needed to raise the roof to make it workable. The club has a $17,000 Community Facilities Enhancement Program grant in place and Council approved adding $17,000 in matching funds to make the project possible. Leeferink says these are assets the whole town enjoys with the Christmas lights and the parade floats. "We can't have the Christmas lights display sitting outside, you can't have Santa's sled outside or the 47 fire truck."