The Mountaineer - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
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Town council discusses children's sports and water treatment grants
By Brittany Willsie
Staff Reporter

On Feb. 9, town council met for their regular meeting. The second and third readings for Waste Management Bylaw 2020/25 were carried. The new bylaw includes definitions and guidelines for operation of the town’s Eco Centre. Council also discussed the resumption of children’s ice sports at town facilities and grants for the wastewater treatment plant. 
Rec update 
Following the provincial announcement that sports can resume for children under the age of 18, while following specific restrictions, the Town of Rocky Mountain House has reached out to ice user groups to determine a schedule for resumed arena use. 
Wes Amendt, director of recreation and community services, presented a draft schedule for the two ice surfaces that allows for eight one-hour sessions on weekdays and 12 one-hour sessions on Saturday and Sunday.
Under the provincial regulations, children’s sports are limited to 10 people, including trainers or coaches. Minor hockey has indicated their interest in resuming practices in smaller 10-person groups. 
Alternatively, Trail Blazers Rec Hockey is not interested in resuming at this time due to the restriction on numbers of participants. 
The Rocky Figure Skating Club has also made the difficult decision to end their season and provide their skaters with refunds. 
Ryan Stambaugh of Rocky Rams Junior Hockey attended the council meeting on a delegation to request an extension of their ice rental agreement to the end of the 2022/23 season. Currently, the Rams are paying a youth rate that was previously approved to help them get started. Council decided it was a fair and reasonable request to extend this agreement with a youth rate due to the challenges of the pandemic. 
Water treatment grants 
The town’s two grant applications for the wastewater treatment plant were approved, totalling $19,962,626. Council authorized chief administrative officer Dean Krause to sign the grant agreements with the provincial and federal governments.