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Friday, November 29, 2019

Synthetic Ice Shelved During Budget Deliberations in Meaford

Meaford | by Cody Misner  

The $85,000 plan hoped to allow for rink use in the off-season according to a previous staff report.

Plans for synthetic ice during the summer months at the Meaford Community Centre and Arena were indefinitely postponed by council this week.  

The $85,000 plan aimed to allow for rink use in the off-season according to a previous staff report.  

The project would see a $15,000 donation with $70,000 coming from funds allocated in the budget according to the report.  

Meaford staff with a background in hockey as well as members of local figure skating clubs even took a trip to Waterloo to test synthetic ice there.

The feedback from those participants was positive in the staff report.

During budget deliberations this week Councillor Tony Bell motioned to scrap the idea in hopes of reducing the Taxi Levi Increase.  

This motion found support from other councillors present.

Councillor Ross Kentner agreed saying "I would be more than happy to see this stay in if we can find $70,000 in other places, if not it has to go."

Treasurer Darcy Chapman advised council that the removal of this project was only reduce the increase by under half a percent.  

Council however, had a goal during deliberations of brining the Taxi Levi Increase down from the 7.55% they began with and passed the motion to cut the project in a 3-2 vote.

Councillor Tony Bell advised residents who wish to utilize summer skating to look at neighbouring community centres citing the Julie McArthur Arena in Owen Sound as a possible alternative.

Kentner did remind council that this idea could be brought back around at a later date if council desired.

The elimination of this project assisted council in lowering the Tax Levi Increase down to 4.29%.  


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