Winnebago buying temporary ice rink

WINNEBAGO — The Winnebago City Council has approved the purchase of a temporary ice rink to be used this winter.

Many of the council members said they have received comments from Winnebago residents over the years about putting in an ice rink to be used by the community for recreational skating and hockey.

The original cost for the 60-by-100-foot temporary rink is $7,900, but the council will receive 10 percent off the cost and free shipping.

The rink will be placed near the Winnebago Municipal Center Building, and will likely be taken down after the winter months to be used again the next year.

The council discussed the hours for the ice rink, possibly having open skate during the day and having hockey in the evening.

The opening of the ice rink will likely coincide with the Holiday Open House on Dec. 1.

Public interest will determine whether to consider a permanent ice rink in the future, as well as features such as a warming house.

For now, the council agreed, the temporary ice rink is a step in the right direction.

“It’s important for us to keep children in the community and keep them busy,” said Council member Jean Anderson. “It brings communities together when everybody works and plays together.”

In other action, the City Council:

o Set the Truth-in-Taxation hearing for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12.

o Approved a motion to transfer $28,884.30 from the city general fund to the liquor store reserves to fund the expansion of the campground.

o Accepted a donation of $574 from the Winnebago Ministerial Association for various expenses.