IN QUOTES: 'What are they going to do then?' Machar on keeping arena staff

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The Township of Machar discussed several items of importance at its March 8 council meeting.

At its last council meeting in February, council asked staff to inquire about arena staffing during the extended lockdown.

Here is the conversation in quotes:

"Historically, in the last two meetings, we've asked, 'When is the ice coming out?' and 'What are you doing about the three to four people at the arena — the staffing?' and we're not getting anywhere on that so, there's no response," said Machar Mayor Lynda Carleton.

" ... The ice removal and regular maintenance will take them at least to the end of March," said Brenda Paul, clerk-administrator for the township.

"So we're still looking at two months or two and a half months of what — what are they going to do then?" asked Coun. Bart Wood.

"They keep saying there's painting and maintenance ..." said Carleton.

"I think we need a more detailed plan on what they're going to do as staff — how are they going to justify keeping a full compliment when the building is not being used," said Wood.

Coun. Neil Scarlet commented that the ice gets put back in around June for hockey camp in July, but all councillors agreed that a more detailed plan was needed.

Sarah Cooke is a Local Journalism Reporter with the Parry Sound North Star, and Almaguin News. LJI is funded by the Government of Canada

Sarah Cooke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, muskokaregion.com