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Last updated: 12/07/2017
IMAGE - Centre sportif (complexe sportif)
Complexe sportif Saint-Lazare
The Complexe sportif Saint-Lazare is privately owned. Please consult their website.

The Town offers you the opportunity to use these installations for skating, soccer or hockey.

Drop-in activities at the sports complex during the holidays

Cost
Hockey parent and kids: $4 per family (1 adult, 2 kids, add a kid for $4 each
Ringuette: $4
Learn to skate: $2
Drop-In Hockey (13+, 8-12, 16+): $4
Drop-In skating:  $2
Drop-In Soccer : $2

Town and organizations pledge good relationship for many years to come

Rental of ice time and sports ground in Saint-Lazare Sports Complex

Saint-Lazare, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. –Twice in recent weeks, meetings have taken place between the Town of Saint-Lazare and representatives of the Minor Hockey Association of Hudson/Rigaud/Saint-Lazare, the Trois-Lacs Hockey Association, the Skating Club of Hudson/Rigaud/St-Lazare, Ringuette 4 Cités and the Saint-Lazare/Hudson Soccer Club.

“The objective is to continue negotiations with the Saint-Lazare Sports Complex and reach a balanced agreement that takes into account all the needs of the Town and the various clubs and associations,” declared the Town Manager of Saint-Lazare, Serge Tremblay. Following our meeting yesterday, we have concluded that our objectives are much the same and we needed to set up a joint committee. Beyond hourly rental rates, members wish to address common concerns, such as the need for flexibility, and other issues concerning the facilities and related services.”

The Town and sports organizations agree that despite the duration of a contract, it’s mutual trust that lays the foundations for a long-term business relationship. The contract of the last ten (10) years testifies of the commitment the sports community and municipal authorities have towards this arena.
"I had the opportunity at noon to promote these views and the orientations of the new committee with a representative of the CSSL, said M. Tremblay, and its willingness to reach an agreement which takes into account the committee’s objectives. We should resume discussions soon. "

The negotiating committee includes Mike Fedele, President of the Minor Hockey Association of Hudson/Rigaud/Saint-Lazare, Donald Simpson, President of the Trois-Lacs Hockey Association, Susan Ross, Vice President of Skating Club of Hudson/Rigaud/St-Lazare, John Rack, Vice President of Ringuette 4 Cités, Stéphane Verkempinck, Vice President of Saint-Lazare/Hudson Soccer Club, Serge Tremblay, Town Manager of Saint-Lazare, Louis Paquin, Director of the Saint-Lazare Recreation and Community Life department, and other city officials.

Let’s recall that in December 2015, near the end of a 10-year lease with the Saint-Lazare Sports Complex for the use of the rink and sports field, the Town of Saint-Lazare and the Sports Complex both chose to terminate the agreement as it existed. The current contract will expire on September 30, 2016. The Town wants a new flexible agreement adapted to today’s reality that respects the ability of taxpayers to pay, in terms of all their organizations and families. It also wants to ensure the compliance of any agreement to the Loi sur l’interdiction de subventions municipales (Municipal Aid Prohibition Act).

Leasing ice and sports field time at the Complexe sportif St-Lazare (CSSL)


Saint-Lazare wishes to find a flexible solution that is appropriate for today’s reality and respects the taxpayers’ capacity to pay

Saint-Lazare, Friday, March 18, 2016.
- In December 2015, as the ten (10) year contract with the Complexe sportif St-Lazare (CSSL) for the use of the ice and the sports field was drawing to an end, Ville de Saint-Lazare and the CSSL both decided to terminate the agreement as it existed. The current agreement will end on September 30, 2016. The City wishes to have a new, more flexible agreement that is adapted to today’s reality and respects the taxpayers’ paying capacity for the benefit of all of its organizations and families. It also wants every contract to conform to the Municipal Aid Prohibition Act.

In keeping with the agreement signed in 2005, the City guaranteed to the CSSL that it would purchase 3,800 hours each year at the cost of approximately $634,000 to use the ice and the sports field. “Unfortunately, the experience of the past ten (10) years has demonstrated that we cannot predict the actual usage of the ice and field by the organizations or guarantee that we can re-sell this time,” said Mayor Robert Grimaudo. “Our organizations are free to make the most of more competitive rates in other local arenas, in Rigaud, Hawkesbury or Lachine for example, and are not contractually obliged to sub-lease the hours paid for by our taxpayers,” continued the mayor. “As a result, the City accumulates a deficit of approximately $148,000 each year (1.4 M$ over 10 years) for hours that are not used, not re-sold or re-sold at very low cost to our families for free ice sports such as skating, and hockey, as well as for soccer. This amount could be considered a disguised subsidy. As a result, the City wants a new, more flexible agreement, on a short- or medium-term basis, that will better satisfy the specific needs of our taxpayers.”

Contrary to what may have been published recently in social medias, the City does not re-sell the ice time to organizers at a great cost. It only adds $5 to the hourly cost. Moreover, the City would like to point out that it has not broken off negotiations with the CSSL. The City submitted a request to the CSSL in January 2016 in keeping with today’s realities in order to respect the taxpayers’ capacity to pay; in February 2016, the CSSL responded unfavourably. The City sent the CSSL a new letter in February indicating its interest in pursuing negotiations. It is still waiting for a response.

The City will continue to meet with the organizations affected by this situation in order to discuss the concerns raised. The City wishes to have a new, more flexible agreement that is adapted to today’s reality and respects the taxpayers’ capacity to pay, for the benefit of all of its organizations and families.

Source :
Geneviève Hamel
Communications director
450-424-8000 ext. 246

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