New Arena and patios in front of SSM council tonight

City Hall

Sault Ste. Marie city council will be holding their regular meeting Monday at 4:30 p.m.

A report to the council discussing the replacement of the W.J. McMeeken arena will be presented this evening. Council is being updated on options after federal funding for the project was denied. Current estimates are in the 27-million-dollar range to replace the arena plus demolition of the old site. Council is being asked to decide on the future of the project.

Restaurant and bar patios in the city will be getting a break if the council goes with the proposal by the city solicitor tonight. In a report to the council, Karen Fields recommends patios only carry the current required amount of insurance for their patios. Two million for unlicensed patios and five million for licensed patios.

COVID-19 has hit the airline industry hard. Council is also being asked to send a letter asking federal and provincial governments to come forward with financial support to help operate Sault Ste. Marie Airport until the travel industry recovers.

Other topics tonight include point of sale machines for the arena, the new downtown bus terminal and the Wellington Street underpass.

Come back to for a full report on tonight’s proceedings.

By: Dan Gray