Council approves deal with pipeline company for new Ledgeview clubhouse

Abbotsford signs $1.3 million deal with Kinder Morgan Canada for a new clubhouse at city-owned Ledgeview Golf and Country Club.

The City of Abbotsford and Kinder Morgan Canada has signed a contract that will see a new clubhouse and restaurant built at the city-owned Ledgeview Golf Club if Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline is built.

The City of Abbotsford and Kinder Morgan Canada has signed a contract that will see a new clubhouse and restaurant built at the city-owned Ledgeview Golf Club if Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline is built.

Abbotsford council gave the thumbs up Monday to a deal that will see Kinder Morgan Canada provide $1.3 million for a new clubhouse at the city-owned Ledgeview Golf and Country Club if the company’s proposed twinning of its Trans Mountain Pipeline is approved by the federal government.

Mayor Henry Braun said a new clubhouse would transform Ledgeview, which would have to close for several months for construction of the twinned pipeline.

Council voted six to one to approve the deal, with Coun. Patricia Ross the one voice opposed and Coun. Les Barkman absent. Prior to the vote, council heard from Lynn Perrin, of the anti-pipeline PIPE UP Network, who said it was “not appropriate” for the city to sign such an agreement while the case remains before the National Energy Board, given that Abbotsford is an intervenor in the case.

The Ledgeview Golf & Country Club is owned by the city and operated and managed by the Ledgeview Golf Society.

Last May, Chilliwack council turned down a similar deal, citing uncertainties with the pipeline project.

Watch Wednesday’s Abbotsford News for more.