Deadline Nears for Public Comments on Wawa's Revised Arena Ice Rental Policy

Time's almost up for comments on a proposed update to the Municipality of Wawa's policy on arena ice rentals.

Wawa Municipal Council was presented with a draft revised policy two weeks ago, with CAO/Treasurer Maury O'Neill explaining it specifies an ice season similar to the current policy.

Acting Community Services and Tourism Director Brian Lachine emphasizes it's still a draft for public input, but underscores difficulties associated with early ice.

Lachine adds the end of the season has another problem.

The revised policy refuses refunds for cancellations during the "Spring or Fall Shoulder Season" and requires at least 24 hours notice of a cancellation for an event taking no more than 6 hours, or 3 days notice for events requiring more than 6 hours of ice time over a span of one or more days.

Under the policy, the Municipality must inform user groups of annual ice rental rates and charges once the Municipal Fees and Charges By-Law is approved by Council - or by July 1st - though it emphasizes all users will be charged per the schedule of fees unless Council authorizes an exception.

The draft's posted on the municipal website, with comments accepted until tomorrow - plans are for the revised policy to come to Council for a vote Tuesday, September 3rd.