By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Advance
Castor town council has voted unanimously in favour of signing a zero-tolerance alcohol policy for recreation venues within the community.
The new policy, which was signed during the Nov. 12th council meeting, will affect the arena and the ball diamonds, but not the golf course as it runs under a separate liquor licence.
The policy, which is effective immediately, has been put into place to protect the Town from liability in case of injury.
“It’s a huge risk,” said Castor CAO Christopher Robblee.
If any team is caught consuming alcohol on the premises, they will lose the one booked and be charged the regular fees.
On a second offence, a team breaking the policy will lose access to the facility for one month, and still be charged for the booked times.
If there is a third infraction by any team, they will forfeit access to the arena or ball diamonds for the remainder of the season, and still be required to pay their booked time fees.
“I think we have no choice, we have to make this a policy,” said Coun. Lonny Nelner, before moving that the Town adopt the policy.
Special events at the ballpark or the arena will be able to apply to have alcohol for their events; however, if approved, organizers would be required to purchase their own liquor permits and liability insurance.
Along with the golf course, the new policy will not affect Town-run campgrounds, however users will be reminded that alcohol will not be allowed to be taken to the sporting areas.