Delburne nominated for Kraft Hockeyville competition

Delburne report

Delburne is in the running for a chance to win $100,000 for arena upgrades plus an opportunity to host an NHL pre-season game with the village’s nomination for The 2016 Kraft Hockeyville competition.

At the Jan. 12 meeting, council threw its support behind the nomination, agreeing to promote the bid on its Facebook page and other social media.

Kraft Canada, the NHL and the NHL Players Association sponsor Kraft Hockeyville. This is the tenth year for the competition, which has donated over $2 million to 53 communities across Canada.

Once all nominations are in, a panel of judges will pick the top 10 entries: five from Eastern Canada and five from Western Canada. At that point, Canadians can vote for their choice. The top finalists from east and west move to the final round of voting. Canadians will again vote for their favourite to determine the winner.

Village buys back lots
Tough economic times are starting to affect village business.

Two residential lots that were purchased from the village are scheduled to be bought back by the village, as per the sales agreement. Both lots are currently vacant.

Both parties that had purchased the lots with intent to develop have had to adjust their plans because of job losses and health issues.

The sales agreement allows the village to purchase back the lots minus any administration costs.

New way to advertise
Council debated the merits of including a business section in the Village Voice, the village’s monthly newsletter.

Currently, only non-profit organizations can advertise in the newsletter but council is considering inserting a page with paid business advertisements.

“What about competition to our local paper?” asked Coun. Kathy Faulk, referring to The Delburne and District News.

“Promoting our businesses is good for the village,” countered Coun. Tim Wilson. Council agreed that including paid ads would help to offset the costs for printing the newsletter and opted to direct administration to bring back advertising rates for council’s consideration.

End of SRO program
The School Resource Officer (SRO) program has a definite end date after council carried a motion to terminate the program as of Feb. 29 of this year. The date moves up from June 30.

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