Athens council decides not to sell Aeros

Mayor Herb Scott chairs a public meeting on the possible sale of the Athens Aeros.
Tim Ruhnke/The Recorder and Times

Athens’s Jr. B hockey team will remain community-owned.

Athens council decided at an in-camera session on Tuesday evening not to privatize the Aeros club. The township had received an offer to purchase the team; council hosted an information meeting at Centre 76 on Monday evening to obtain input from the public.

“After careful consideration and very in-depth discussion, council has taken every comment made at the public meeting very seriously and have concluded, in the best interest of the Athens Aeros, it will remain a community-owned team and will not be sold,” said a statement posted on the township’s website on Wednesday morning.

Now that the decision has been made, the hockey club will proceed with an annual general meeting. Date, time and location have yet to be finalized. The AGM had been scheduled for October but was postponed.

The township, which has not identified the individual who expressed an interest in purchasing the Aeros, insisted that there would not have been a sale agreement without a requirement that the owner keep the club in Athens.

(More details to follow.)

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