This is in addition to $52,100 of projected expenses for the community celebration and commissioned work, prepared by the Director of Recreation and Leisure Services Ross deBoer for total expense of $170,450.
“[The budget of] $118,000 is for engaging the coordinator of the ice and snow events, so included in that is the money paid to the contractor – in this case Myanna Consulting – and then in that money – in that budget – is money to, for example fly the carvers here from around the world, it’s to purchase the blocks of ice for the carvings, it’s to purchase the necessary supplies and daily expenses of the event… everything that would be encompassed by the coordinator.”
DeBoer adds, “Than we have a further budget, which is $52,100 that we will be expensing to celebrations.”
“…We had a meeting last week and we had all the proponents come to the table.”
Some of these proponents included the Art Council, local Cadets, Lido Theatre, and the Cultural Centre to name a few.
This brings the projected net saving to $13,550, which according to a city report, will be established by scaling back on outsourced responsibilities, presenting the potential of saving over $30,000, as that money is typically allocated to the fees associated with hiring the contractor.
While all of the community celebration events that took place last year will again be included this year, deBoer concedes some “slight modifications” may be made as many groups are introducing “new and exciting ideas.”
“The Curling Bonspiel, I believe this year will be mixed [because] the dates with the ladies didn’t coincide… The local Cadets who do the toboggan rides are hoping to introduce some snowshoe events and those sorts of things,” deBoer explained.
City staff will now establish a 2015 High on Ice Community Festival Committee, begin preparations for the event, and continue reviewing the activities that can be brought back in-house for cost saving purposes.
High on Ice 2015 with run on the Family Day long weekend, which this year lands on February 6- 9.