Creemore arena opens with additional staff
Clearview council has agreed to hire two arena maintenance employees, one full time and one seasonal, to facilitate the opening of both the Creemore and Stayner arenas this coming fall.
Terry Vachon, general manager of parks, culture and recreation, said compared to other municipalities, Clearview operates its arenas with fewer staff and that the additional employees are necessary to avoid having to close the Creemore arena for the season like it did last year by meeting predicted enhanced cleaning, monitoring and other pandemic related requirements of the health unit.
“We have done a thorough evaluation and we feel we can operate both our arenas safely and diligently by adding one full-time and one seasonal staff (both contract from Oct. 15 to April 15) to our existing team of five full-time maintenance operators, totalling six full-time and one seasonal,” reported Vachon, adding the department is contemplating hiring four student helpers instead of three.
“The goal, in essence, is Clearview Township arenas will always have two maintenance staff during ice rentals, every evening and weekend, 7 days a week.”
The additional associated cost is $32,772.48 for 2021 and $50,419.20 for 2022.
Vachon said the additional staffing may also help the municipality prepare for anticipated provincial legislation that prevents people from working alone in arenas, but there are still many unknowns when it comes to both the legislation or what the health protocols will be from the health unit.
Vachon said for the most part, arena user groups are committed to getting back on the ice and he expects both arenas to have full schedules.