Some members have expressed concern about the increase in fees for the possible 2020-2021 season. Please read our release below about why we are temporarily increasing fees for this upcoming season.
We have recently been informed that the Saranac Lake Civic Center is committed to make the ice available for this year. They have lost major income streams: Can-Am will not be taking place, hockey tournaments have been cancelled, and high school hockey is in limbo for the foreseeable future. To provide ice for the remaining users, the Civic Center has committed to a loss of $100,000 this season and need to raise their ice fees significantly to those still using the facility. In addition to the significant loss in revenue, the Civic Center’s costs will be going up as they will need to hire staff to sanitize the facility before, during and after every use, in addition to implementing other protocols needed to keep participants safe. The LPCC is very grateful for everything that the Civic Center is doing to make ice available to us and the community. They truly are stepping up in a big way!
That said, the LPCC board is committed to make curling available this year. Given the 100% increase in Civic Center ice fees, it is necessary to raise the membership fees. We are looking at a 14-week season, starting the first week of December when the ice is scheduled to go in. The new fee will be $330 for the season (less than $25 for each Sunday of fun). Since this new increased fee is still significantly less than the increase in ice fee from the Civic Center, we have also decided on three actions to cover the additional cost: solicit voluntary contributions from those club members who have committed to curling in 2020/2021, request $100 “honorary membership” contributions from club members who have decided not to curl for 2020-2021 season, and take the balance needed (projected to be $3,000-$4,500) from our Club reserves.
- solicit voluntary contributions from those club members who have committed to curling in 2020/2021,
- request $100 “honorary membership” contributions from club members who have decided not to curl for 2020-2021 season, and
- take the balance needed (projected to be $3,000-$4,500) from our Club reserves.