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Arena to trim hours on weekend

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The Memorial Sports Centre won't be open quite as late in the evening on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays this spring.

The centre will be open only until 8 p.m., as opposed to 10 p.m. on those evenings, once the two ice surfaces are taken out in late April.

This first was done last year as a cost-saving measure.

In a report to council, Community Services manager Jason Kabel said his division has had no reports of negative feedback to the initiative with slightly-reduced hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

“It has been discussed if it would be a sound business decision to expand the reduction beyond the month of May to the entire spring ice-out season commencing the third week of April after the Border Figure Skating ice show and Fort Frances Lakers playoff run is completed,” he added.

“Evening use of the Memorial Sports Centre has changed somewhat, with additional patrons frequenting the facility in the evenings who are only here for the free wireless internet,” Kabel further noted.

“This is not the primary mission of the facility and some of the patronage in this regard is less than positive,” he added.

The committee of the whole will meet first at 5:30 p.m., but will go in-camera for an indefinite length of time to discuss one item (a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality).

The regular council meeting will follow, with other business on the agenda including:

  • a per capita request from Safe Communities Rainy River District;
  • a per capita request from the Rainy River Future Development Corp.;
  • a financial request from the “Heart of the Continent Partnership”;
  • a financial request from the Rainy River District Festival for the Performing Arts;
  • a draft of a revised sidewalk snow removal bylaw;
  • a purchase card expense claim from Fort Frances CAO Doug Brown;
  • documents from Jim Cumming re: trees within town limits and further direction given re: a municipal tree canopy policy;
  • meeting per diem claims for Couns. John Albanese and Doug Kitowski;
  • a report re: IFK ice time invoice review;
  • a report re: review of sewer and water infrastructure installation costs;
  • a verbal update re: frozen water lines;
  • a letter from Gary and Lori Durbin, re: permission to put in a driveway, to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation;
  • bylaws to amend tax cab and “Dial-A-Ride” rates; and
  • a bylaw to approved a contract with 1723047 Ontario Ltd. (Equity & More) for consultation services to review and update the town's pay equity plans.
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