Date set for arena meet­ing

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - GORD YOUNG

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion ses­sion re­gard­ing the re­place­ment of West Fer­ris arena is planned for Sept. 27.

The date was se­lected Wed­nes­day by a spe­cial com­mit­tee of coun­cil head­ing up the con­sul­ta­tion process.

Coun. Daryl Vail­lan­court, who is among four coun­cil­lors serv­ing on the com­mit­tee, will over­see the ses­sion.

“It’s very im­por­tant that we hear what peo­ple have to say,” said Vail­lan­court, not­ing the time and lo­ca­tion of the meet­ing will be an­nounced soon.

He said city staff is ex­pected to pro­vide the pub­lic with back­ground in­for­ma­tion and an up­date of the cur­rent sta­tus of the pro­posed project dur­ing the ses­sion fol­lowed by com­ments from the pub­lic.

Al­though the com­mit­tee is look­ing for in­put re­gard­ing the lo­ca­tion, size and scope of the pro­posed new arena, Vail­lan­court noted that the process isn’t start­ing from scratch.

“I don’t want us to re­write the MURF (multi-use recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties) study,” he said, not­ing the doc­u­ment which was com­pleted in 2013 in­cludes some thor­ough and de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the com­mu­nity’s needs.

Prob­lems with the roof at the West Fer­ris arena, cou­pled with other con­di­tion is­sues, have led to a rec­om­men­da­tion that a new fa­cil­ity with at least one ice pad be in place by the fall of 2019.

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