Whitewater Region -- A one-year contract has been signed between the Whitewater Kings and the Township of Whitewater Region for use of the Astrolabe Arena in Cobden, which means the scheduled Saturday, October 2 first home game for the Kings can go ahead.
Parks and recreation manager Jordan Durocher spoke to council at its September 1 meeting regarding entering into another one-year rental agreement with the CCHL Tier II Hockey Club. He noted the club has played in Cobden the past four seasons, even with the cancellation of the last hockey season.
Mr. Durocher said team owner Alex Armstrong wants to renew the agreement and advised the agreement will support facility revenue.
It’s expected the season will open with its first home game on October 2 and have home games until February 2022.
The financial implications for the township will see the team paying $185 an hour for game time; $140 an hour for practice time and $125 per month for storage and office space, Mr. Durocher said.
Council had time to review the contract.
Councillor Neil Nicholson questioned how much time the Kings will use the Cobden arena.
Each practice is three hours as are each home game, Mr. Durocher said.
While the canteen is not yet scheduled to open, once the ice side of the operations has been completed, the canteen issues can be reviewed, he said, answering a question regarding the operation of the canteen.
Councillor Charlene Jackson questioned who would be responsible for ensuring those entering the facility during Kings practice and games times, are properly vaccinated against COVID 19 and carrying the proper documentation.
“It will be difficult for smaller municipalities to monitor that,” she said. “They’re going to have a gatekeeper for ticket sales, but are we relying on them to monitor our facility?”
It’s hopeful by the time the Kings will be practicing and playing, protocols will be in place and all questions regarding who can enter and who will be monitoring will be answered.
In other recreation news, Mr. Durocher also noted the day fee for using the upstairs hall of the arena has been set at $30, and it was given approval by council.
Connie Tabbert, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader