Penetanguishene considers icing arena for season

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Councillors will consider shutting down the Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre down for the winter season's remainder.Wednesday.

A staff report in the agenda says that the usual season runs until the end of March, after which ice is removed following. The four major user groups would have only five to six weeks of programming time available if the province and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) permit the reopening of recreation centres on Feb. 19.

Once the ice is removed, the arena is prepared for the Penetanguishene Midland Ball Hockey League, which plans on offering its programming, albeit with a delayed start owing to the pandemic.

The staff report indicates that stakeholders plan on using the ice for only nine hours a week in a post-lockdown world. This is estimated to bring in a revenue of $1,195 per week. Looking at historical utility expenses, staff is projecting savings of $27,000 per month for hydro and gas. Keeping these factors in mind, staff is recommending that council consider removing ice for the remainder of the season.

The council meeting that begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, with a public consultation session around the rezoning application by Foxpark Development Corporation.

The Collingwood-based developer is looking to have 77 Fox St. rezoned from residential third density R3 and deferred development D to residential third density R3-X (exception) to allow for a residential multi-unit development with 56 self-contained townhouses geared toward seniors. The proposal, presented in the agenda, indicates that the developer wants to make a percentage of the units "affordable."

All buildings will be one-bedroom units and be only one-storey high.

Council will also discuss the formation of a task force for the strategic development plan for Huronia Airport.

Following the regular council meeting, elected officials will convene for a committee of the whole session to discuss various issues, including the relocation of a Town gateway sign, which currently stands at the corner of Thompson Road and Main Street in the Angel Gate Plaza parking lot.

A report is recommending that council direct staff to work at a location just past the municipal boundary on County Road 93. Staff will return to council with more options before a spot is finalized. This option is recommended by staff as the sign would be away from some of the focal points that will draw attention such as the retaining walls, the angels or activity coming into town. The exact location will be finalized once site lines, topography and soil conditions impacting design are reviewed.

The meetings can be watched via Rogers TV or online. A recording of the meetings can be viewed on the town's YouTube channel.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,