Lak­ers call on fans for sup­port at City Hall Mon­day

Lacrosse team dis­putes city’s $1 mil­lion PMC re­pair es­ti­mate

The Peterborough Examiner - - Front Page - EX­AM­INER STAFF

The Peter­bor­ough Lak­ers is­sued a call Fri­day for fans to head to City Hall Mon­day night.

The team wants a show of sup­port as en­gi­neers from the Toronto firm En­tu­itive ap­pear be­fore coun­cil to an­swer ques­tions about a con­tro­ver­sial re­port the Peter­bor­ough Me­mo­rial Cen­tre floor.

Coun­cil heard last week that En­tu­itive, called in as a sec­ond opin­ion af­ter an­other firm told coun­cil the floor would have to be re­placed at a cost of $3.5 mil­lion, found that re­pairs could be done for $1 mil­lion.

Re­place­ment would mean the Lak­ers would be shut out of the PMC next sea­son, while re­pairs would shorten that pe­riod. The team has said that re­lo­ca­tion to a smaller or more dis­tant fa­cil­ity would cause fi­nan­cial hard­ship for the Lak­ers and sea­son-long re­place­ment of the floor will af­fect sports, con­certs and tourism in the city.

Lak­ers board mem­bers, all vol­un­teers, have ques­tioned the cost of re­pairs.

Team of­fi­cials say the “sec­ond opin­ion” from En­tu­itive should have come to only $250,000, but city staff say that cov­ered only part of the re­pairs, with the to­tal be­ing $1 mil­lion in­clud­ing per­mits, con­tin­gen­cies and the cost to fix the dasher boards, re­quired by the OHL, that sur­round the floor.

“The Lak­ers, mys­ti­fied at the in­flated re­pair bill the city came up with, will not give up the fight to re­pair rather than re­place the floor, not only to save their team’s sea­son next sum­mer but to save the tax­pay­ers an ex­or­bi­tant re­pair bill and end this habit of throw­ing ma­jor money into the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre when a new rink should be built – the sooner the bet­ter for all,” reads a state­ment from the team is­sued to the me­dia Fri­day night.

“Sud­denly it’s about more than the floor, and while the boards are prob­a­bly man­dated by the OHL for the Petes’ games, we are per­plexed that this has be­come the Lak­ers’ prob­lem,” the press re­lease states. “We’ve been told so many dif­fer­ent things that we no longer know the truth.”

City coun­cil meets Mon­day at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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