Wilno rink challenges outlined at KHR council

KILLALOE – Following the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, Mayor Janice Visneskie Moore called the July 7 regular council meeting for the Township of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards to order.

The meeting began with a brief delegation from Constance Bersan on behalf of the Wilno Recreation Committee. Bersan was in attendance with a specific question about the future of now-closed St. Mary’s School in Wilno.

Bersan felt that St. Mary’s School would make an ideal location for a potential Wilno recreation site, as there are simply too many issues facing the current Wilno Rink site.

“It’s my hope that you will consider purchasing that site,” said Bersan. “It would make an excellent home for the Wilno Rink and a recreation centre.”

Currently, the Wilno Rink has been attempting to install a proper septic system to provide on-site washroom facilities beyond port-a-potties. Unfortunately, the site’s location has no appropriate location for septic installation, as the soil is too soft. Further issues include a lack of available parking, and the overall location of the Wilno Rink also presents challenges on a municipal level.

Bersan indicated that the majority of families who make use of the Wilno Rink live in the Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards (KHR) side of the town while the rink itself resides in the Township of Madawaska Valley (TMV).

“I think we’ve done a pretty good job with our current site, but there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done,” added Bersan. “There are so many possibilities.”

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