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Elora Rocks sign new agreement to address money owed township

The senior men's hockey club owes the township $31,436 in ice rental fees from past seasons
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Goaltender Colin Dunne of the Elora Rocks stops a shot in Western Ontario Athletic Association senior men's hockey league A semifinals in February, 2020.

Elora's senior men's hockey club, the Elora Rocks is skating into the 2021/2022 season having scored a new agreement with the Township of Centre Wellington for the repayment of outstanding ice rental fees.

Centre Wellington councillors unanimously approved the agreement with the over 100 year old hockey club at Monday's meeting.

It will see the organization pay back the $31,436 it owes in arrears over the next 10 years. Payments of $3,144 will be due a the end of each season, starting in April 2022 and ending in 2031. All future rentals will be paid at the time of booking to prevent the accumulation of further arrears. 

In a report, the township's manager of parks and facilities operations, Matt Tucker said the club had experienced some financial difficulties due to "struggles not unfamiliar to many volunteer driven organizations."

"Mainly, the business side of this operation has rested on the shoulders of a few key volunteers who desperately desire the opportunity to get things back on track," Tucker continued. 

The club has recently undergone a management transition and "would like to work with the township to eliminate the past debt while running a successful hockey program for the community," said Tucker. 

The township's politicians were supportive of the arrangement. 

"It’s good to see a new management group there," Mayor Kelly Linton said. "And I’m looking forward to watching some hockey this year."