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Mayor asks Council to pause for further information on arena utilization strategy

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July 13, 2016 - At the July 12 Council Meeting, City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham put forward a memorandum asking Council to collect further information on the plan to reduce the City’s ice surfaces from 10 to 8 surfaces based on City-wide utilization.

The recommendation included putting the arena utilization strategy on hold until later in the fall when a staff report would address:

  • the costs to refurbish the 7 existing arenas and the resulting lifespans;
  • the costs to demolish closed single pad arena; and
  • the cost for a new build single pad arena facility in the Village of Omemee to replace the Emily-Omemee Community Centre at the end of its existing life expectancy.

“The recommendation brought forward earlier on arenas offers a very valid business model as the City looks for ways to deliver its services in a more efficient matter. Myself and members of Council have listened to valid concerns and constructive ideas from residents about this issue. We feel it’s important to take the time to look at different ways of creating a model that works, from not only a business perspective, but a community perspective as well,” comments Mayor Letham.

Council approved the Mayor’s motion as stated above.

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For more information please contact:

Cheri Davidson
Manager of Communications, Advertising and Marketing
705-324-9411 extension 1355
cdavidson@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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