There is a good reason why the village should not have municipal land used as a rodeo ground. It is legal liability.
The former grounds were on privately owned land within the municipality. Today, liability insurance is increasingly expensive. I can’t see how the municipality can get around this. Everyone wishes to see a suitable place for the rodeo to continue. But where ever it is to be located, if it can be located, liability is still very much a part of the equation.
Liability is the issue here. It was for Desert Hills Farm, and it is with the native land as well. It’s a hard fact to face. But what is the alternative?
We live in a litigious age. No one likes to say No. Especially for an event that has endured for half a century. It’s a sad commentary on the way insurance costs have escalated in the last 25 years. I am sure council and our administrator are well aware of this.
Hopefully, reason and understanding will prevail.
Esther Darlington MacDonald