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posted September 26, 2007
Councillor Michael Thompson tried to make a motion to included the rinks in the community centre discussions, but that was ruled out of order. We're still transcribing bits of the tapes we made, because some discussions relevant to the rinks did creep in anyway, for example this exchange:
In the legal opinion we have, it indicates here that only council may amend the city budget.
I did not amend the budget approved by council. What we have done is managing the delivery of services – just two things – how we deliver, and the service level.
But in fact, the delaying of the skating rinks is an absolute effect on the 2007 budget, because what we’ve said is we won’t open skating rinks at all in 2007.
The service level is reduced.
Actually that service is eliminated for 2007. The rinks are not supposed to open until January 1 2008.
No in 2007 we actually operated from January to March.
We didn’t cut it. The season is reduced. Within ‘07 we’ve already provided that service from January until March.
Ms.Librecz, our discussion around the outdoor rinks….In the absence of council’s opportunity to have some input there, would it not make more sense to get a savings at the end of the year versus at the beginning of the year, because the sunshine’s getting hotter to melt the ice, would it not make sense to take advantage of the Christmas break when the kids are all out of school, would it not make sense to open then and close earlier?
We were very clear about what our instructions were, our instructions were to find the savings in 2007, so your points that you’re making are valid ones, but for 2007 we were asked to bring in savings for 2007, and that’s why we brought this in. …..It’s in the start-up of the new season, year over year, that we were trying to save $160,000 or so, and that was the instructions that we were provided.
But you’re aware that that would probably eliminate the season for outdoor hockey.
I understand the implications, and I don’t like them, personally, but this was certainly the direction we were asked to address.