Au­thor­ity ap­proves $870G con­tract for new ice rink at Mo­he­gan Sun Arena

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - By BILL WELLOCK Staff Writer

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Wilkes-Barre/Scran­ton Pen­guins have the best record in the Amer­i­can Hockey League right now.

It’s good news for lo­cal hockey fans, but a pro­longed post­sea­son could de­lay work sched­uled for the team’s home.

Luzerne County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter Au­thor­ity board mem­bers ap­proved a $869,900 bid from St. Paul, Min­nesota, firm To­tal Me­chan­i­cal Ser­vices to re­place the ice rink at Mo­he­gan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this sum­mer. One other com­pany, CIMCO Re­frig­er­a­tion of Mo­bile, Alabama, also bid on the project.

The start date on the work is un­clear be­cause a long drive into the play­offs and home games into June could dic­tate the work sched­ule.

The con­struc­tion will take about nine weeks.

Some board mem­bers called it a best-case, worstcase sce­nario — a long play­off run from a team hunt­ing for the Calder Cup, but a de­lay to needed work.

At meet­ings last year, the board dis­cussed the prob­lems with the ice rink.

De­sign and con­struc­tion flaws led to prob­lems like tem­per­a­ture vari­a­tions on the ice sur­face and leaks in the pipes un­der the ice.

Em­ploy­ees at the arena had plugged about a dozen leaks as of the July 2016 meet­ing.

The board paid $35,552 for re­pairs to the ice rink last year. Those tem­po­rar­ily fixed the is­sue while the Pen­guins com­pleted their sea­son and the board looked for a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion.

Now, the board has a con­trac­tor, and will pre­pare for a sched­ule that could leave lit­tle to chance.

TIMES-SHAM­ROCK FILE

Luzerne County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter Au­thor­ity ap­proved an $869,900 bid for a new ice rink at Mo­he­gan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Town­ship.

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