Rossland Curling Society preemptively petitions council

Council heard from delegations from both the Rossland Curling Society and Rossland Youth Soccer at Monday night's council meeting.

Shane Preedy spoke on behalf of the Rossland Curling Society and presented a petition with 239 signatures against closing the Rossland Curling Rink. Preedy acknowledged that council has not actually made a decision to close the rink, but the Curling Society wanted to be preemptive as council moves forward with planning the city’s budget.

Council won’t waive youth soccer fees

Following a request from Rossland Youth Soccer (RYS) at the last regular council meeting, council voted to inform RYS that the city isn’t in a financial position to eliminate their field fees.

Council further voted to have staff continue to improve Jubilee field as finances allow, and to let RYS know that council will consider the long term liability of an artificial turf field in town.

Sean Ofarrell, vice chair for the Kootenay South Recreational Soccer League and a member of the executive for RYS also talked to council about the effects of Trail Recreation Fees on youth soccer. He said that this year Trail started charging Rossland teams an extra $356 each. Ofarrell asked council to continue negotiating with Trail to reach a deal so that recreation fees don’t continue to increase. Councillor Aaron Cosbey assured him that Rossland council will eventually go back to the table with Trail to try to work out a deal.

Benefit concert needs new location

Council received a request from Carol Enns and Marjorie Kidd asking to use the arena parking lot, Nickelplate Park and the stretch of Second Ave. between both locations for the Kootenay Carol’s Children’s Festival and Benefit Concert on June 29. Enns and Kidd also requested that the city supply a stage, barricades, tables and chairs for the event, and asked that City Hall house two ballot boxes from May 1 to June 28.

Unfortunately the area is unavailable as it’s being used as a laydown area for contractors during the Washington St. construction. Council voted to inform Enns and Kidd that the location was unavailable and asked staff to look into other possible locations. Council also asked staff to report back on whether or not city policy allowed non-profits to rent city equipment free of charge. Finally council approved the request to house the ballot boxes at City Hall.

Council to participate in Montrose parade

Mayor and council agreed to send a delegation to participate in the Montrose Family Fun Days Parade on June 11.