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The cost of $12,100 will be included in the 2012 budget.
The decision comes after a meeting between council and the Fort St. John Arts Council last week. The proposal for council to sponsor the slides first came at the November 28th meeting, when council, not wanting to lose the beloved slides, voted to help the Arts Council seek sponsorship for the attraction, and if unsuccessful by December 15, to commit to fund the building of the slides. That decision came early, as several councillor believe the slides to be a benefit to the community.
Councillor Byron Stewart argued that in the past years the “other beautiful ice creations have not lasted while the ice slides have lasted longer than just that weekend” and are used extensively by the population.
The proposed design is for 4 slides, each approximately 50 feet long, to be built in Centennial Park. The majority of the over $12,000 cost is the import of ice blocks, as well as bringing in 2 professional carvers. In both 2010 and 2011, there were 5 slides, sponsored for $10,575. The rise in cost is due to the difficulties in finding volunteers to complete the slides, so some payment for labourers is included, in addition to the professional carvers.
The City has already committed $112,200 to the annual event, as well as taking care of expenses for community celebrations and promotion, $22,000 and $25,000 respectively.
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