Outdoor ice closing in Esterhazy

Outdoor ice surfaces in Esterhazy will soon be closed, as per recommendation to Council from Community Development & Recreation Director Michelle Fuhr. Warm temperatures this winter took a toll on the ice surfaces.

“They took a heck of a beating in one week we had there, and by the time we put all the time and effort into into re-flooding and getting them ready, we’d be almost into the first of March before they’d be ready to go,” Mayor Grant Forster explained.

Esterhazy has three outdoor ice surfaces, including the parking lot of the swimming pool and a loop through the campground.

“About three years ago or so, the the Rec Department said, ‘you know what, let’s do something different here,’ and they flooded the roadway in the campground; turned it into an oval,” Mayor Forster said. “All three surfaces are basically connected.”

Smaller postage machine

Council approved the purchase of a smaller postage machine, which will ultimately cut the cost of the previous machine in half. The lease for the previous machine had been up for renewal, and Council decided to go with the smaller option, which will cost around $300 per month.

“We had a really good response from people to go to electronic billing,” said Mayor Forster.

Budget season coming

Tis the season for municipal councils to look at the books, and Esterhazy is also preparing to ‘go line by line’ and talk budget.

“We’re getting ready for our annual audit at the end of the month, end of February, and then once that’s done, we’re will be jumping into budget,” said Mayor Forster.

Ryan Kiedrowski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator