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Local Input To Be Sought On Future Of Goderich's Memorial Arena

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Town to seek public input before decision made on aging Memorial Arena

A final decision on the fate of Goderich's Memorial Arena is some time away, but concerned residents will get a chance to have their say.

A public meeting on the issue is in the works, at a time and place to be determined.

Town Council has received numerous e-mails calling for Memorial to be spared.

On Monday, Council heard from several citizens who want the Town to save the 70 year-old sports and exhibition venue.

Earlier this month Chief Administrative Officer Larry McCabe presented a extensive report outlining several scenarios for Memorial, including demolition.

Councillor Trevor Bazinet believes the arena can gain a new lease on life, but the loss of an ice pad will cost the community.

A number of downtown business owners have reported a drop in revenue, since the ice was taken out of Memorial last September.

He points out that tearing down the building would be a backwards step.

Bazinet says he likes the idea of the Town leasing the facility to a private entity -- a concept floated by former Mayor Kevin Morrison.

Bazinet mentions that the municipality already has a lease agreement with the beachfront restaurant.

He would like to see the public meeting take place in the upstairs party room at Memorial Arena.

You can see the CAO's report on Memorial by visiting www.goderich.ca and clicking on Agendas and Minutes -- it's item 10.8 in the May 6th Council meeting minutes.

It starts on Page 168 of the PDF document.

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