A request to waive the ice fee for the Lacoka pee wee female hockey provincials in Ponoka was unanimously approved.
Town council heard from the host committee Feb. 14 during its regular meeting and showed its support of the team’s goals. The full waiver will save the team approximately $4,000.
Provincials are set for March 23 to 26 and Julie Feragen told council that already 100 hotel rooms are booked for the busy weekend.
“This will be a boon for businesses,” said Mayor Rick Bonnett speaking in favour of supporting the team.
There was also a request for financial sponsorship and Coun. Carla Prediger asked Feragen if sponsorship or waiving the fee is preferred and Feragen replied that waiving the ice fee is preferred.
Coun. Sandra Lyon asked if the City of Lacombe is helping out with the costs as Lacoka is a joint effort between Lacombe and Ponoka. Feragen said she left those requests to the team parents in Lacombe although it is believed the city did not provide financial support.
Coun. Loanna Gulka recused herself from the meeting stating that she is the team’s manager.