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Survey Finds Overwhelming Support To Keep Goderich's Memorial Arena

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

63% of respondents favour keeping old arena, but one councillor discusses concerns with polling.

Respondents to an on-line survey on the future of Goderich's Memorial Arena have spoken up loud and clear.

They want the venue to stay.

Town Council Monday learned that 63 per-cent of those who took part in the canvass favour keeping the 70 year-old arena, instead of demolishing it, selling it, or leasing it to the private sector.

The Memorial issue has encountered bumps in the road before, and the latest involves how many votes were counted and how many were discarded.

Chief Administrative Officer Larry McCabe told Council that duplicate votes from the same IP address were deleted, because it was becoming more like a contest than a survey.

He continued that votes registered outside Goderich town limits were also deleted.

Councillor Trevor Bazinet shot back that -- in his words -- "just because you don't live in Goderich, your opinion doesn't matter".

He then gave a list of other Huron County communities whose residents have paid memberships at the YMCA.

Bazinet adds Council was never made aware that the survey would be a "one computer, one vote" format.

Now that the survey is done, Bazinet says it's time to find out how much it would cost to add a second ice pad to the Maitland Rec Centre.

Councillor Stephen Tamming cautions that if a new ice plant were to go into Memorial Arena, the entire venue would have to be brought up to 2019 standards of equipment and accessibility.

In a 6-to-1 vote, Council has opted to explore the costs of expanding MRC and improving memorial Arena.

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