Estevan City Council has stepped forward to back the local bid for the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games.
Council passed a pair of motions at its September 9 meeting. The first is to support the games bid, to allow the committee to use City facilities, and to offer a financial guarantee.
The City will cover any deficit suffered by the Games committee, but deficits are rare for the event. Only once has a Saskatchewan Games suffered a deficit.
"We're very confident, that with the committee we have in place and the people we have in place, that we will be (financially) successful," said Mayor Roy Ludwig.
The motion is for the City to pledge $336,000 in funding, which will be paid out over five years, for the construction of a new track-and-field venue at the Estevan Comprehensive School. The City will cover one-third of the project's estimated cost.
"We still have a lot of details to work out, but knowing that we have a commitment to that track (is great), and the project is going to go ahead, one way or another, whether we get the Games or not," said Summer Games bid committee co-chair Brian Senchuk, who made a presentation to Council on September 9 along with Brian Smith, who is the other bid committee co-chair.
The goal is to have the track built in the summer of 2015, Senchuk said.
Senchuk said that they expected Council to support the bid, but to have their support gives the committee a boost of confidence.
The venues, such as the new track, will not only be great for a Summer Games, but they will be a real asset for the city, he said.
The committee is currently working to make their bid as strong as possible. They expect to have a document submitted to the Summer Games selection committee before the October 1 deadline.
Once October arrives, it's expected that the selection committee will announce the finalists to host the Games, and then they will tour the venues of each community. The winning bid is likely to be revealed in late November.
Several other communities are vying for the Games, including Swift Current, North Battleford, Melville, Humboldt, Melfort and Nipawin.
If Estevan is awarded the Games, Smith said that as many as 9,000 people could be coming to the city for the event, and that 1,700 volunteers could be needed to make it successful.