Arenas to be slightly colder this season

If you’re going to watch sports at the Ice for Kids Arena or ’52 Canadians Arena this fall and winter, dress a little warmer because the thermostat has been turned down.
In an announcement during Monday night’s council meeting, Mayor Dan Onichuk noted management at the Memorial Sports Centre has lowered the temperatures at the two ice surfaces in order to produce better quality ice, and, ultimately, reduce energy costs.
The temperature, which usually averages 10 C (50 F), now will be around seven C (45 F), the mayor noted.
“If you’re going there to watch a hockey game or watch figure skating, I’d suggest you dress appropriately because it will be cooler by the ice surfaces,” he added.
In other business at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•agreed to a recommendation from the Administration and Finance executive committee to authorize payment of a $5,000 grant to the 2006 OFSAA boys’ hockey committee “in light of the significant economic impact to the community”;
•approved a report from the Planning and Development executive committee stating “that residential development be serviced with municipal water and sewer services set forth in the Town of Fort Frances Official Plan”
(This was in response to the Sept. 12 council meeting, at which council received a presentation from David Lovisa regarding the development of lands adjacent to Minnie Avenue North);
•approved a report recommending hiring former OPP S/Sgt. Hugh Dennis to provide consultation on the police services contract and the town’s policing needs (the police services contract expires in June, 2006);
•authorized payment of expenses in the amount of $717.10 to Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft (this was for attending the Essentials of Fire Protection meeting in Dryden on Sept. 7-8 and the retirement party registration for former OPP S/Sgt. Dennis);
•denied support for the City of Kawartha Lakes resolution, dated Sept. 12, 2005, regarding asking for tax credits for expenditures for registration and equipment for minor sports;
•authorized the purchase of insurance coverage for volunteer firefighters;
•approved a request for reconsideration of property assessment at 706 Armit Ave.;
•authorized preparation of a bylaw to deem Lots 31 and 32, Block 2, Plan M-69 to not be lots on a registered plan of subdivision for the purposes of Section 50(4) of the Planning Act;
•authorized preparation of a bylaw to deem Lots 19 and 20, Plan SM-58 to not be lots on a registered plan of subdivision for the purposes of Section 50(4) of the Planning Act; and
•agreed to a recommendation from the Administration and Finance executive committee to support the City of Colborne’s resolution to petition the upper levels of government for a change to the legislative framework so as to permit museums and public libraries to be eligible for lottery licensing, and to have broad discretion in the use of proceeds from lottery schemes.

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