Stellarton to cease rink operations

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Stellarton will cease operations at the town’s memorial rink, but is giving a citizens group until February 2020 to come up with a plan to continue the rink’s functioning.

The decision was made at Monday’s town council meeting, following a presentation by Darren Stroud speaking on behalf of The Stellarton Memorial Rink Citizens Group.

An estimated $4.1 million to bring the rink up to code and make necessary repairs and renovations over several years prompted the discussion and eventual decision. For the town to continue to operate the rink it would have to pass along the cost of borrowing the money to taxpayers which would result in a huge increase in both residential and commercial taxes.

The citizens group has until next February to come up a plan to save the rink. Council has promised to work with the group in coming up with a plan to move forward.

Read more about it in the March 20 edition of The Advocate.