Posted By Megan Huff

Marmora – As a way to help to help cut costs, Marmora Curling Club is looking to partner with the arena.

Paul Gabourie told Marmora and Lake council July 21 that the curling club is currently seeking an ice technician for the 2009/10 season.

“The ice goes in later than the arena ice and comes out earlier,” he said. “It’s a labour-intensive job.”

Gabourie emphasized to council that the curling club “isn’t looking for a handout” but rather an arrangement with the township to share staff resources.

Arena manager Curtis Trimble told council that he and another employee at the arena have taken courses and know in theory of how to make ice for curling, although they’ve never done it.

“We feel we can maintain the ice,” he said. “Once we start practising, we’ll only get better.”

A part-time employee could have his hours expanded to cover evenings when the curling ice needs to be attended to, he said, adding that it would also be good experience for staff.

The curling club says about 350 hours per season is required to put in and maintain ice at its facility.

Since Mayor Terry Clemens was absent, Councillor Bonnie Danes made a motion to table the item and revisit it at the next council meeting so that everyone would have time to read the job description.

Council passed the motion.

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