Residents of the Town of Millet are upset following a decision made at the regular Town Council meeting Aug. 19, 2020.
In a statement released by the Town of Millet they say, “Decisions were based on several factors, being, overall cost, restrictions due to Covid and the condition of our current ice floor. With the restrictions put forth by Alberta Health services more staff would be required to run the season and teams would not be allowed to play other districts as they did in the past, resulting in much less use of the ice.”
The Town says the main factor for the ice not going in is the condition of the ice floor. Two seasons ago the arena had to be closed down for a ice plant failure. They also say that it has applied for grants and currently plans on replacing the ice floor for the 2021/22 hockey season.
“Although we know this decision may be disappointing to some residents, we fear going forward with the ice only to have to close early again due to malfunction of the ice floor and or further restrictions from Alberta Health services would be a much worse scenario,” says the Town of Millet.
Many Millet and area residents have taken to social media today to air their frustrations surrounding the decision, many upset that the Town waited until this season to make the decision amidst the COVID-19 pandemic when their children have been waiting for hockey season to resume longer than usual.