There is good news for Bentley. The municipal campground is now open for business.
Because no campground caretaker attendant for the 2014 season had been found, town council had kept the area closed for use, but as of about June 16 a Bentley citizen came forward to perform the job. Rick Garries has been hired to oversee the campground operations and security.
The town of Bentley is now taking reservations and campers are welcome. It is good for the town, and for the local businesses, and aids renters of the Blindman Valley Ag Centre to have the camping area open.
Normally it is open from the May long weekend to the September long weekend so about a month of the camping season has been lost.
At the June 24 council meeting, a motion was carried to purchase a used electric Olympia ice resurfacer for $95,000.
The electric 2007 model, that was factory refurbished this year and comes with warranty, will replace the second hand gasoline machine purchased in 1993 and used in the town arena since then. It was offered for sale by Big Hill Services, a company the town has purchased from before.
The refurbished ice resurfacer will be in operation for the coming hockey season and sport the logos of some of those who provided funding for it. Funding came from Hockeyville, Bentley Minor Hockey and Bentley rodeo as well as CFEP government funds.
Three machines had been considered.