Bay Roberts eye­ing sta­dium re­pairs

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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.

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