Char-Lan Arena plans late September start

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

WILLIAMSTOWN – The ice will be going in the Char-Lan Arena right after Labour Day and will open up to skaters later in the month.

“We feel that we can forge ahead with the ice time,” Recreation Director Rick Ladouceur told South Glengarry council Tuesday night.

The tentative date to allow user groups to use the ice is Monday, Sept. 21.

“We reached out to all of the ice users and the Sept. 21 suggested date was very acceptable. I know minor hockey is working on a couple of options right now. Figure skating is gearing to go and so are we,” Ladouceur said.

The director’s only worry is about the September weather, which can be humid and warm. “Our ice plant is not really equipped to handle that type of temperature.”

Coun. Stephanie Jaworski noted the compressed schedule for ice time and hoped user groups would work with the municipality based on the fact the township is facing additional costs due to COVID-19 provisions.

The ice schedule will be 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends until the end of October.

There will be three staff monitoring the front door, plus doing cleaning and sanitizing.

The department estimates it will be spending $54,600 more this year, which hasn’t been budgeted.

Between September and December, it’s estimated the arena will end up with a net deficit of $108,033 compared to a net deficit of $53,400 on any regular September to December period.

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