County of Wetaskiwin takes over management, maintenance of Winfield Agriplex

The County of Wetaskiwin applauded the residents of Winfield and area for their volunteerism in the process of the development of the Winfield with the hopes of honouring the efforts by continuing and enhancing the operation of the entire facility.

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The County of Wetaskiwin applauded the residents of Winfield and area for their volunteerism in the process of the development of the Winfield with the hopes of honouring the efforts by continuing and enhancing the operation of the entire facility.

The County of Wetaskiwin has assumed management and maintenance of the Winfield Agriplex and Grounds with duties falling under the County’s Agricultural Services Department Director Stephen Majek.

In order to proceed with the maintenance and management of the facility, Tri-County Health and Safety Officer Linnet Henderson completed a formal safety inspection in cooperation with Majek.

“Required repairs were identified to the arena, hall and grounds, which have now been completed by County staff”, Majek said. “Our goal was to ensure that both safety and liability issues were addressed for all users and operators”.

“Administration worked diligently over the past few months to create a set of policies and procedures for ease in running the facility” added Reeve Garry Dearing. “This is the first recreation facility the County of Wetaskiwin has operated”.

In accordance with the new policies and procedures, the County has hired required staff for the facility.

The Winfield Agriplex Advisory Committee (WAAC) has been formed consisting of County of Wetaskiwin Councilors Barry Dunn and Brenda Shantz; Winfield Minor Hockey President, Roxanne Yarkowsky, Winfield Lions Club representative Doug Goltz, Winfield Agricultural Society President, Mike Woods, along with Majek who is a non-voting member. To ensure the long-term viability of the facility, the Committee will be preparing a master plan for capital requirements and providing them to County Council for approval. The master plan will be reviewed annually by the Committee and Council.

Communications have been ongoing with the Winfield Agriplex Advisory Committee to ensure that all parties can continue to access the facilities. Following an investigation of similar facilities in neighboring communities, fees have been set at comparable rates. A fee schedule will be posted throughout the community and at the facility.