Sports were front-and-centre during the business portion of the April 11 Town of Castor council meeting.
The first item discussed was the possible addition of ball diamond rental fees.
“Last year we had requests for ball diamond uses outside of programming,” said Town of Castor Community Services director Tara Jenkins.
According to Jenkins, the Castor Recreation Board surveyed the communities of Stettler, Drumheller and Hanna to find out what their fees were.
Based on the information received, the Recreation Board recommended fees of $50 for four hours, $100 per day, or $200 for a tournament.
Youth teams would be charged $100 for the season to use the diamonds, and adult teams would be charged $200 with no weekend Town of Castor staff time being allocated for the rentals.
“I believe, looking at what other communities are offering, this is comparable,” said Jenkins.
Jenkins noted that the only time a town employee is scheduled to work a weekend ball tournament is during provincial ball tournaments.
U22 Jr AAA ball
The Castor Raiders U22 ball team submitted a request to council asking that they be allowed to use the ball diamonds in exchange for doing field prep and maintenance themselves.
Town of Castor chief administrative officer Donna Rowland noted that while the risk was “not very high,” due to liability issues the team could not be allowed to use town-owned equipment to conduct the maintenance.
Rowland was also concerned that if the team were to use its own equipment, the town would still be liable.
“At the end of the day, it’s still our facility,” said Rowland.
Another factor presented to council was the matter of fairness.
“You should be treating your senior ball teams the way you treat your senior hockey teams,” said Rowland, noting that the senior hockey teams pay for their ice time.
In a motion by Coun. Cecil Yates, council approved charging the team $200 per season for diamond use.
Theresetta Hockey Academy
With Theresetta Catholic School offering a new ice hockey program beginning in the fall of 2023, the school has approached the Town of Castor for use of the Beaverdome.
Theresetta requested that one hour of ice time be available three days per week through the school year, for a total of around 70 hours.
After looking at the numbers, Castor Minor Sports recommended a cost of $2,500 to the school for ice time for the season. The cost is the same as what the 3Cs Cyclones are charged.
“It may bring more kids into the minor hockey program,” said Coun. Don Sisson.
“If it means the arena will get used more, why not?”
Sisson motioned to approve the rental for the suggested fee, which was carried.