PICTOU- County council is granting a rink in Thorburn $43,000 to fix pipes in its ice plant.
Coun. Andy Thompson brought the motion forward Monday during a finance meeting to approve an emergency provision in a community grants program in this amount to replace the header pipes at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Rink.
He said if the pipes aren't fixed, the rink would not be able to open this fall.
Municipality staff confirmed that $43,000 is available in the budget to grant the request. The money would be taken out of the capital revenue budget.
Thompson said rink manager Wayne Buttle gave councillors a tour of the rink and showed them the pipes. The two quotes the rink received for the work involve the pipes being replaced with PVC material which will have a longer life span.
Coun. Robert Parker questioned whether the rink would be fundraising money for the repairs, but he was told that it is too short of notice to expect any kind of fundraising to take place.
Thompson said Thorburn is a self- sustaining rink and serves a large geographical are in Pictou East.
Coun. David Parker didn't speak against the motion, but did comment it would have been "nice" to have this information ahead of time.
Councillors unanimously supported the motion, but it still has to be approved during September's council meeting.