City council agreed Monday night to begin the process to upgrade and redevelop two sporting locations in Cornwall.
But that doesn't mean shovels will be in the ground any time soon. At Monday's special council meeting, an $87,800 bid from Kaster and Company was approved.
The Ottawa firm will now create a detailed design and specify how much the two soccer fields at the Benson Centre will cost. A re-development plan for the Bob Turner Memorial Arena and the Joe St. Denis field will also be completed.
But if the projects are eventuallly deemed too expensive by councillors, the plan can be shelved.
The fields are expected to cost more than $1.1 million. Some councillors expressed concern for how much the projects could cost the city.
Parks and recreation division manager Christine Lefebvre told council she would bring back a cost estimate at the next council meeting in August.
City staff was looking for the contract to be quickly approved in order to apply for federal funding. The deadline for the Community Infrastructure Improvement Funding Program is at the end of next month and the city could be eligible for up to $1 million.
The Seaway Valley Soccer Club and the Kinsmen Club have each pledged to contribute $75,000 and the 3+1 Fundraising Committee have agreed to use their surplus funds.