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Town of Fort Macleod sets new fees for facility rentals

The Town of Fort Macleod will increase its facility rental fees next year.
Town council approved a new fee schedule presented at its June 27 meeting at Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library.
“The fees within the town have not seen a lot of review the last several years,” Town of Fort Macleod assistant chief administrative officer Jill Henderson said.
Henderson told council town staff met in May with community user groups.
“What you see before you tonight is a proposed fee schedule,” Henderson said.
One of the major changes is a requirement that Town of Fort Macleod staff be present when the arena is rented after hours.
“We felt that was something we had to address,” Henderson said, adding that is a recommendation from the town’s insurance company.
Groups will be charged $50 an hour for staff time between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Henderson told council fees are comparable to those charged by other municipalities, and were set at a level that is affordable for users.
Another new fee is for non-prime time facility rentals, something that is common in other communities.
“This is a starting point,” Town of Fort Macleod chief administrative officer Sue Keenan said. “This is to establish a base.”
Arena rental
Renting the arena in 2016-’17 will cost Minor Hockey and the Skating Club $80 an hour, up from $75.
Local adults will pay $115 an hour, a $5 increase, and there will be a $10 increase for non-local minor and adult users who will pay $120 and $150 an hour, respectively.
Community groups such as Kids First will pay $75 an hour.
The fee for senior hockey will increase $5 to $125 an hour.
Groups that rent the arena between March 31 and Oct. 1 will pay $65 an hour.
At present groups that rent the arena in the off-season from April 1 to Aug. 31 pay $400 a day.
That rate changes to $500 between 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., with an additional $50 per hour for facility staff between 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
The daily rental rate for non-profit community groups will be $300 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. with an additional $50 an hour for facility staff after that.
To rent the arena for set-up, clean-up or take-down will cost $200 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., with an additional $50 per hour for facility staff between 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
There is a $500 damage deposit.
There will be a $50 a day charge to rent the arena concession, with a $200 damage and cleaning deposit required.
Ball diamonds
There will be no cost to use the Lions Little League diamond or Westwinds Stadium.
Co-ed adult slowpitch teams will be charged $200 per team for the season at Volunteer Park.
Tournament rentals will be $55 per diamond for one day, $80 per diamond for two days, and $100 per diamond for a three-day tournament.
Curling rink
The fee to use the curling rink when it is operated by the Town of Fort Macleod from April to October will increase $25 to $325.
The rental includes main floor space and equipment such as tables and chairs.
The damage deposit also increases to $325, from $200.
The fee for renting the rink’s main floor space and lobby increases $5 to $80 and the damage deposit jumps to $200, from $75.
Swimming pool
General admission rates for the swimming pool in 2017 are children under three, free; four to 12 years, $3.75 or $53 for a season’s pass; 13-17 years, $4.25 or $58 season’s pass; 18 to 54 years, $5.25 or $68 season’s pass; 55 years and over, $4.25 or $57 season’s pass; family, $16 or $131 season’s pass.
A $10 discount will be offered on each of the individual season’s passes after July 29 and the family season’s pass drops to $99.
The hourly rate to rent the pool is $90.
Community hall
Fort Macleod and District Community Hall rentals are booked by the Town Office, with the board managing the building and setting fees.
The 2016 fees are full day rental, $400; three-day rental, $350; short usage (four to five hours), $275; funerals (four to five hours), $250.
A $350 security deposit is required for all rentals except the three-day rental, which is $700.
Fees for other services at the hall include kitchen use with rental, $50; kitchen use without rental, $150; corkage, $1.50.
“We’re not in it to make money,” Keenan stressed. “We’re in it to cover our costs.”
Keenan told council there could be some objections from the community, but said the changes are necessary.
“We have to start running our facilities more efficiently,” Keenan said.

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