‘We are very happy’

For­mer coun­cil­lor praises West Hants for with­draw­ing from Wind­sor’s arena project

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A for­mer mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor is prais­ing West Hants for get­ting out of the new arena busi­ness.

Shirley Pi­neo, a Man­tua res­i­dent and for­mer long-time West Hants coun­cil­lor, at­tended the Feb. 27 com­mit­tee of the whole meet­ing to pro­vide an up­date on the An­napo­lis Val­ley Re­gional Li­brary. She stayed for the du­ra­tion of the meet­ing and pro­vided in­put as the ses­sion came to a close.

She said she was speak­ing not only for her­self but “prac­ti­cally ev­ery­body” that she had dis­cussed the arena sit­u­a­tion with from her area.

“We are very pleased with the de­ci­sion that this coun­cil made when you changed your po­si­tion re­gard­ing the pro­posed hockey arena/rink that was be­ing built in Wind­sor.

Now that it has be­come a scaled down project, I don’t know what to call it; I guess it’s just a rink,” said Pi­neo.

At the end of Jan­uary, West Hants coun­cil an­nounced it would give no­tice to the Town of Wind­sor that it was re­mov­ing it­self from the In­ter-Mu­nic­i­pal Ser­vice Agree­ment that was struck in 2017 so that the mu­nic­i­pal units could pur­sue a joint Hockey Her­itage Cen­tre project .

De­spite pulling out of the agree­ment, West Hants recom­mit­ted $1 mil­lion in fund­ing, to be dis­trib­uted over five years, for the new arena.

Pi­neo said pro­vid­ing a one­time fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion was the proper course of ac­tion.

“We are very happy, very grate­ful ac­tu­ally, know­ing that this coun­cil was re­spon­si­ble to make sure that the on­go­ing main­te­nance in the fu­ture would not be borne by the tax­pay­ers of West Hants,” she said.

“That’s ex­tremely im­por­tant be­cause we have no way of know­ing what the costs would be in the fu­ture and we’re very pleased that that de­ci­sion was made by this coun­cil.”

Shirley Pi­neo

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