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Wellesley arena and ball diamond rental fees are among increases

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Wellesley residents will be paying more for renting time on the township’s ice surfaces and ball diamonds, among other things, as council this week approved changes to its fees and charges bylaw.

Ice rental, ball diamond rental and advertising fees will increase by six per cent as of April 1. All new rental rates will begin on that date to give community groups the necessary time to budget.

A staff report points to recent upgrades at township recreation facilities, as well as a comparison that shows rates to be substantially lower than other municipalities, to justify the increases.

Prime time ice rental will see a noticeable jump to $179.07 an hour from  $168.93. Non-prime time will be $111.31, as opposed to $105.01 last year.

Those rates were just increased last year, too. Prime time ice rental went from $164.01 to $168.93 and non prime time rose from $101.96 to $105.01 in 2015.

Weekday morning rentals ($62.76 to $66.53), local minor sports ($107.43 to $113.88), non-local minor sports ($121.02 to $128.28), school rentals ($62.76 to $66.53), shinny hockey ($62.76 to $66.53), and summer floor rental fees ($560.89 to $594.84 for a full day) will all cost more too.

Parents and tots skates and seniors skates will remain free.

If you want to advertise on the walls or boards of the arenas it will cost you $166.44 instead of $151.31.

For adult rentals of the ball diamonds with the lights on it will rise from $50.92 to $53.98. For minor ball rentals with the lights on it will increase from $22.75 to $24.12. Rental prices without lights will stay the same as last year.

All the community centre rental rates will remain the same as they were in 2015.

Fundraising groups will have to pay the full rental fee unless they come to council as a delegation and are successful in requesting a reduced or waived fee.

Council unanimously passed the bylaw on Tuesday after minimal discussion.

Coun. Carl Smit asked if photocopy charges would be by the page, as it is for faxes. Clerk Grace Kosch confirmed it would be and noted she’d make that clear in the bylaw.

Dog tag fees will increase by $5, to $30 from $25, to recover the cost of supplies and postage.

To remain consistent with other municipalities the Wellesley Fire Department will charge higher rates when responding to collisions involving residents from outside the township – fees are typically billed to the driver’s insurance company – now that the province has increased the rate for highway response from $410 per hour per truck to $450.

Under engineering, entrance permits and road cut permits will increase to $153 from $150. A new municipal address (sign, post, and installation) will run you $122.40 instead of $120. Just a new sign or post will cost an extra 70 cents more than last year and the cost of installation will go up by a dollar.

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