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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Saugeen Shores is Looking at 12 Months of Ice at the Plex

Owen Sound | by John Divinski  

The 3-year trial, subject to 2021 budget approval could cost between $40,000 - 50,000 a year

Saugeen Shores Plex 

Saugeen Shores is one step closer to 12-month ice at the Plex.

Saugeen Shores Committee of the Whole has voted 7-2 in favour 12-month ice for a 3-year trial, subject to 2021 budget approval.

At a cost of $40,000 to $50,000 a year, Vice Deputy Mayor Mike Myatt and Mayor Luke Charbonneau voted against the move.

Charbonneau called the annual taxpayer cost, "A little too rich for my blood."

He goes onto say if that kind of money was available he'd rather spend it on making the Southampton Coliseum more accessible.

Deputy Mayor Don Matheson loves the idea stating, "If you build it they will come.  If you open it (the ice) up they will fill it up."

Matheson says right now many local summer hockey teams are going to Owen Sound because there's year round ice there.

He says he's not too concerned about the cost to the taxpayer.

He admits the first year may be close but the more people that know about the summer ice, the more they will book it and that should cover the costs in the future.

Staff has been directed to study further the possible groups that might use the ice on a consistent basis.

Community Services Director Jayne Jagelewski says they should have a better handle on potential customers by the end of this Fall.

She says it should give council a general idea of how much of the costs will be covered by users.

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