Bay Roberts eyeing stadium repairs
It’s no secret that there is work to be done at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.
Repairs need to be made to the roof, the lighting system and the floor, amongst other minor upgrades.
Prior to the town taking over operations of the stadium, plans were in place to address many of the issues listed above.
During the June 14 regular council meeting, Bay Roberts recreation director Ian Flynn tabled a plan to knock one or more of the needs off the to-do list.
With the stadium’s assets still in flux, the town and Bay Arena association are in a temporary partnership.
“When we moved into the transition phase, there were a number of initiatives the stadium was working on,” said Flynn. “One of them was the rubber mats they laid on the floor throughout the building. We have one quote in on the roof. It’s major dollars. I think the best interest of the town is to take some time and maybe look at an engineer to come in and see what the best recommendation is.”
The other part the town and stadium are currently looking at is replacing the lighting system.
Flynn said they’re 31-yearsold and there are some issues and concerns when events are taking place.
Prior to the town taking over the stadium, the groundwork had been done to replace the old lights with LED ones. There are two quotes that are feasible for the town.
Previously, the stadium received a grant from Newfoundland Power to help with the installation of the new system.
It is believed the transition to the LED lights could save the town upwards of $3,000 a year.
“If we were willing to make a commitment to go ahead and do the lights, we could have them installed and ready for the hockey season,” said Flynn. “I think it would be a great push forward as the town moves to take over this facility.”
Coun. Charlene Dawe-Roach wondered if leaks from the roof would have a detrimental effect on the new lighting.