Arena ac­quires new ice resur­facer

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“It all came down to the fact that if we wanted it, we had to buy it. We had to raise rates and set up a spe­cial fund,” Neil said.

Neil noted that sev­eral com­pa­nies have also ex­pressed an in­ter­est in ad­ver­tis­ing on the resur­facer.

He said the rate in­crease was nec­es­sary in or­der to “ keep our heads above wa­ter.”

In the mean­time, up­grades to the elec­tri­cal sys­tem should be com­pleted be­fore the end of the year. He said the town has agreed to pay a large share of the costs, and the as­so­ci­a­tion has also ap­plied for fund­ing from the pro­vin­cial govern­ment.

As for the roof, Neil said many leaks were ex­posed dur­ing last month’s Hur­ri­cane Igor, and the as­so­ci­a­tion hopes to have an ex­pert as­sess the roof in the near fu­ture.

The arena op­er­ates with an an­nual bud­get of be­tween $250,000 and $300,000, but Neil said it’s be­come in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to op­er­ate, de­spite the fact the arena is ar­guably one of the busiest in the prov­ince.

He noted that a plan to trans­form the fa­cil­ity into a modern sport­splex has been tem­po­rar­ily shelved be­cause of a lack of govern­ment in­vest­ment.

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