EGF Ice Arena Purchase

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East Grand Forks will spend some 25-thousand dollars to stockpile refrigerant to help keep its ice arenas cold for the near future. The price per pound for the R-22 is low right now - but it can fluctuate greatly. It’s also facing an E-P-A production deadline or phase-out.

To cover the costs the city will dip into its budget reserves. Mayor Steve Gander says he supports the purchase…but not the source of money. Gandere says he feels a sense of urgency to protect the budget reserve budget.

Council member Dale Helms says the city needs to act now to lock in the price. Helms say if there was more time to study the issue perhaps the money could be found elsewhere.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Reid Huttunen says there may be money in the maintenance side of the budget - but only time will tell. He says those dollars will disappear quickly if an arena compressor doesn't fire up come fall.

The council approved the purchase on a six-zero vote.

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Members also agreed to hire J-L-G Architects to study the aging ice arenas. Potential options range from doing nothing to replacing the ice-making systems - or building a new arena and transforming the VFW into a multi-purpose building. The report will cost ten-thousand dollars.

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