A roof for Harrison Hot Springs’s skating rink has been put on ice – for now.
During the Nov. 21 Harrison Hot Springs Council meeting, Coun. John Buckley proposed directing village staff to analyze seasonal operational costs of the Starlight Skating Rink, including attendance and labour to tally up potential costs at season’s end.
Buckley also inquired whether or not a roof had been ordered for the rink. Operations manager Tyson Koch indicated this wasn’t the case; the potential snow load and wind factor put a roof well out of the budget. Buckley then suggested cancelling any further roof inquiries until a cost analysis took place.
Council approved halting further roof work or quoting until the end-of-season report is assembled and reviewed.
According to Koch, any Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funding allocated specifically to the roofing project would have to be repurposed.
In other council business:
– Council referred a proposal back to staff that would allow community groups such as the Harrison Festival Society to use Memorial Hall during the weekends, when council does not meet. The matter is being referred back to village staff to gather more information.
– Couns. John Buckley, Allan Jackson, Leo Facio and Michie Vidal have been appointed deputy mayors. For a period of three months each starting in January, each councillor will act as deputy mayor, who will conduct business on Mayor Ed Wood’s behalf in the event he is not present during an official meeting.
– Buckle and Facio was appointed municipal director to the Fraser Valley Regional District and Hospital boards. The two would split the term with two years each as director with Facio taking the first two years.
– Jackson was approved as Fraser Valley Regional Library Board municipal director with Facio as alternate director for 2022 and 2023.
– Council also approved the following liaison appointments: Jackson to Tourism Harrison River Valley, Buckley to the Harrison-Agassiz Chamber of Commerce, Vidal to Community Futures South Fraser, Facio to Fraser Health, Buckley to Agassiz-Harrison Healthy Communities, Vidal to the Kent-Harrison Joint Emergency Program Committee and to the Mountain Institution citizen advisory committee, Jackson as voting delegate to the Municipal Insurance Association (Wood as alternate), Wood to the Lets’emot Community to Community Forum (Vidal as alternate) and Wood as council liaison to the Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society.
– Coun. John Buckley reported more than 2,500 people attended the grand opening of Lights by the Lake along Esplanade Avenue on Saturday, Nov 19.
The next regular Harrison Hot Springs Village Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall (290 Esplanade Avenue). Online attendance is also available via Zoom; those interested can register through harrisonhotsprings.ca. Video recordings of the meetings will be archived on the village’s YouTube page.