-12.2 C
Elmira
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Connecting Our Communities

Wellesley scales back hours at its arenas to cut costs

TRENDING

News Briefs

Woolwich nixes traffic islands Displeased with the troublesome pedestrian islands installed during the Region of Waterloo’s reconstruction of Church Street...

Woolwich proposes 5% tax hike for 2020

Budget talks underway this week, Woolwich council is looking at five per cent hike in property taxes, a...

20-year-old agreement causes a stir

An Elmira environmentalist’s “smoking gun” appears to be shooting blanks. Al Marshall, a long-time critic of cleanup efforts at...

EDSS student wins U.S. baseball scholarship

It’s January and nowhere near Florida, but St. Jacobs’ Blake Jacklin is in a baseball frame of mind....

THIS WEEK

Elmira
few clouds
-12.2 ° C
-10 °
-14.4 °
78 %
1.6kmh
20 %
Sat
-4 °
Sun
3 °
Mon
-6 °
Tue
-9 °
Wed
-7 °

The Township of Wellesley will be closing its arenas down on certain statutory holidays, councillors decided at a meeting Tuesday evening, and scaling back the hours of operation at its facilities on Mondays and Tuesdays each week.

The new schedule, attributed to low demand and difficulty staffing over the holidays, will see the St. Clements and Wellesley arenas delay opening their doors as a cost-cutting measure.

“The Mondays and Tuesdays until 3 p.m., that is largely a financial [concern],” said township chief administrative officer Rik Louwagie. “Paying a full-time or part-time staff member to be there for a full day where I think for the past two years we’ve only had one rental combined for the two arenas.”

The arenas will also be kept closed to skaters on six statutory holidays over the year: Thanksgiving Sunday, Christmas and Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, Good Friday and Easter Monday.

“In 2018-19 season, Thanksgiving Sunday we had no rentals in either arena. On Christmas Eve, we had no rentals past 12 p.m. On Christmas Day we had no rentals,” noted township director of recreation Danny Roth in response to a question from council.

There were some exclusions, however.

“I think I’d be a little bit reluctant to close the opportunity to skate on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and Family Day,” said Mayor Joe Nowak. “Those are days that I would think somebody may want to sponsor a free skate. It just seems to me if we do this, we’re closing that completely and then there’s no options.”

Instead, councillors opted to increase the rates on those three holidays from $119 to the township’s prime rental rates of $191, which is typically charged for rentals during peak demand periods. Rentals on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Family Day would also be required for a minimum of two hours.

Ultimately, however, the availability of the rink on the holidays would depend on the availability of staff to cover those days. Roth noted the difficulty in finding staff to cover holiday shifts, a point which Coun. Peter van der Maas took issue with.

“I think I’m going to be acting like a Grinch here for a minute,” said van der Maas. “If we as a township offer a service, we can expect our employees to staff that service.

“I can’t see us having to open a township facility based on the schedules of our employees … I don’t want to seem crass about it, but that the way it seems to be going the discussion.”

With the ice in the arenas removed, the schedule changes won’t be felt until the start of the season later this year. However, that will come one month later than usual for the township, as councillors also approved a one-month delay to putting the ice in at St. Clements.

“In 2018 the total ice revenue for August ice in St. Clements was $3,481.73. The hydro bill for August 2018 was $7,341.98,” noted Roth in his report to council. The first day of ice at the St. Clements arena will be September 9, 2019, while the Wellesley arena won’t see any action until after the Apple Butter and Cheese Festival on September 28.

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to The Observer's online community. Pseudonyms are not permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that The Observer has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner The Observer chooses. Please note that The Observer does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our submission guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

LIVING HERE

The new face of health promotion

There’s a new face around the Woolwich Community Health Centre. Gebre Berlihun has taken on the role of public health promoter after the retirement of 25-year employee Joy Finney in October.

In Print. Online. In Pictures. In Depth.

You obviously love community journalism. Thanks for visiting today. If you have a great local story, let us know.

EDCL donates $1,000 as thank-you to Floradale firefighters

Thanking the Woolwich Fire Department, Elmira District Community Living this week donated $1,000 to the Floradale station. Firefighters from Floradale...

Choir to bring the sounds of Africa to Elmira

An Elmira church will play host to a lively performance by an internationally-acclaimed children’s choir from Uganda, Africa. The Watoto...

EDSS student wins U.S. baseball scholarship

It’s January and nowhere near Florida, but St. Jacobs’ Blake Jacklin is in a baseball frame of mind. That’s not a passing fancy,...

New app a one-stop shop for region’s waste program

Not sure when your garbage will be picked up? What’s currently allowed in the recycling bin? There’s an app for that.

Kings win two more to keep streak alive

The Elmira Sugar Kings extended their 2020 winning streak and their hold on the conference standings with a pair of wins over the weekend.
- Advertisement -