Alberton to build new rink

Alberton council is looking for a contractor to build the “Millennium Skating Rink” there this fall.
Following a lengthy dispute on how to spend a Heritage Fund grant from the provincial government, Alberton town council and residents have approved a new project, a rink facility, for residents.
“It’s going to be a skating rink, a rink shack and hopefully will be co-located with a ball diamond,” noted Alberton Reeve John Milling.
“We have an application in for a ball diamond but it hasn’t been confirmed yet,” he added.
The Alberton Recreation Committee has issued a request for tenders for the project with a deadline of August 23.
Besides a new rink the contract includes relocating a existing rink shack and altering a water storage lagoon.
Last year, the township’s application for funding was accepted by the province and the municipal council proposed a new hall be built. Residents strongly opposed the costly project convincing council to look for a less-expensive project to spend the Heritage Fund grant on.
With a Sept. 1, 2001 deadline to spend the money council hopes to have a contractor hired on to begin construction by that date.
Reeve Milling, who had been pushing for the new hall, hopes the Millennium Skating Rink will provide a place in the community for youth to spend their time.
“It’s good for kids to have a recreation site and a facility they can use winter and summer,” said Reeve Milling. “Hopefully they can roller-blade in it in the summer.”
“We have nothing for kids in this community so we have to start somewhere,” he added.
The Heritage Fund has approved $94,750 for the project with a percentage of the overall cost to be paid for by the municipality.