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This article was published 14/3/2016 (1578 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
On Feb. 23 the RM of Macdonald council took the first step in setting up a local improvement plan to raise $300,000 to buy a new ice plant for the Starbuck Rink.
According to volunteers who formed a Save the Rink fundraising committee last year, the current ice plant is well past its 25-year working life as it was bought used and installed 26 years ago.
A new plant is estimated to cost about $425,000.
Macdonald CAO Daryl Hrehirchuk said the local improvement plan will be drafted, and according to the Municipal Act, will be mailed to all residential taxpayers living within the Starbuck Rink District. It is estimated that the district includes about 290 properties.
In an email message, Hrehirchuk said the tentative date for the public hearing on the LIP is Tues., April 12. After the public hearing, council could give first reading to the borrowing bylaw and forward it to the Municipal Board for approval.
Campaign volunteer Vona Guiler welcomes the municipality’s move to contribute toward keeping the Starbuck rink open.
She feels the rink plays an important role in the community by giving residents a place to skate, play hockey and ringette and curl in the winter months. It also provides the ice for students attending the Starbuck Hockey Academy, an important part of the community.
"The rink is the heart of the community," she said. "It’s one of those traffic centres in a small town."
Guiler said she and the other Save the Rink volunteers will keep holding fundraising events and applying for grants to help pay for up to half of the new ice plant’s costs.
Recently, they started a Chase the Ace competition which has proved to be popular. Guiler said the jackpot has already been won twice, but continues to build each week and, as of March 9, stood at about $800.
Adults can buy cards in an attempt to win the jackpot each Friday from 7 to 8:55 p.m. at the curling club, with the draw held at 9 p.m.
"It’s become sort of a social night," Guiler said, as it draws in residents who don’t normally come to the Starbuck rink.
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