Recreation rates discussed by Carleton Place Council
At Tuesay evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Carleton Place, staff brought forward a recommendation to increase both arena ice rental rates and public swimming pool fees to offset loses due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Joanne Henderson, Carleton Place’s manager of recreation and culture, briefed council on the financial impacts to her department as a result of the pandemic’s lock-down and restarting phases.
She recommended increasing ice rental rates and pool user fees by 3% beginning in early September.
Several Councillors spoke to express their support for keeping the rates frozen.
Councillor Theresa Fritz noted that young hockey players and their families were already facing a much different season this fall with less ice time and without regular games. This, in her opinion, made any increase unfair.
At the end of their discussion, the committee agreed to freeze ice and pool rates until the end of the year and revisit the matter during 2021 budget deliberations.