Sunday, July 21, 2024
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A public meeting is being held at the Lou Jeffries, Gananoque and TLTI Recreation Centre regarding the arena’s cost-sharing agreement between the two municipalities.

The meeting at the arena is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m.

It will involve the working group formed to tackle this issue.

In December, Gananoque council approved accepting TLTI’s offer of $158,500 towards the 2024 recreation cost-sharing agreement for the Lou Jeffries Arena and to add the remaining shortfall of $14,170 to the arena budget.

And though the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands will continue sharing the cost of the Lou Jeffries Arena with Gananoque this year, the future years remain uncertain.

The township has participated in sharing the costs of operation and maintenance of the facility with the Town of Gananoque. In return for the township’s participation, residents avoid paying the non-resident rate when using the facility.

The previous recreation cost-sharing agreement expired on Dec. 31. Staff worked with the town on a draft agreement covering a one-year term, with the township’s cost contribution for 2024 fixed at the 2023 level of $158,500. The form of the draft agreement follows the terms and conditions of the earlier deal.

As authorized by councils for both the township and town, a working group has been created to review operations of the arena and develop short, medium and long-term goals for the facility. Staff is expected to report to the two councils about such goals at some point in June.

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