Stellarton rink commission gets first hand look at synthetic ice

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STELLARTON –  Stellarton rink commission members got a first hand look at synthetic ice Monday night, but a decision has yet to be made on the direction the Town of Stellarton plans to go in with the Stellarton Memorial Rink.

The rink commission decided Monday that they needed more information before deciding on their plan moving forward with the Stellarton Rink. At this time there are no plans the close the facility and Mayor Joe Gennoe made it clear during the meeting that they will not close the rink until it’s absolutely necessary.

Denise Taylor and Judith MacLellan both stated that before any decisions were made that they would like to see the year-end financial statements and a detailed report on rentals before making both decisions and a business plan for the Stellarton Rink. The commission agreed, moving their decision making process to their next meeting in a months time.

Acting town engineer Bob Funke gave a preliminary report on his walkthrough at the rink, stating the ice plant was in good shape, although old, and that there are a few things he would like to identify to be fixed. It was brought to Funke’s attention that during games the glass sometimes “sweats” and that problem also contributes to issues with the roof panels.

He said that they would need an air circulation unit or dehumidifier to solve that problem, which would mean costs over and above the necessary things he will be looking at before the next meeting. Funke added it would be up to the commission if they financially wanted to maintain the rink at its current state or invest more to improve it further.

His full report on the state of the facility will come at their next meeting after he receives the reports from former town engineer Tony Addis.

Pending receiving all that information, the commission may also look at the option of synthetic ice at the facility. President of SmartRink, Tim Oldfield, had a synthetic ice demonstration set up upstairs in Stellarton Town Hall to give the commission an idea what they would be looking at.

Oldfield and members of the commission discussed the options they would have, stating the best product for the town would cost either $16 or $19 a square foot. It would cost roughly $300,000 to install this at the Stellarton Rink.

One concern brought forward during both the meeting and demonstration was that Hockey Nova Scotia doesn’t sanction games on synthetic ice at this time, meaning Stellarton Minor Hockey could practice in their home rink, but would have to play elsewhere.

When asked about that during the demonstration Oldfield stated that Hockey N.S. would be the people to talk to about that, as they have no control over that.

Both before and after the commission had a chance to see the product, recreation director Paul Corbin recommended that they put on a public demonstration, stating that there is no point in moving forward with this if the public isn’t behind it.

Corbin also added that it comes with a cost of $1,500 to $3,000 for the demonstration, which covers the cost of shipping the product.

With decisions on their next steps being deferred to their next meeting, this was also added to that list.


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Recent comments

  • Brian
    April 02, 2014 - 22:54

    Artificial ice would be the end of the Stellarton Memorial Rink. It would be a novelty for a short time but if MinorHockey can't play their games on it, who are we putting it in for.Save the money and close the doors now if you are sending our kids to play their games elsewhere.

  • Patti
    April 02, 2014 - 18:47

    Pave North Foord Street in Lourdes!!!!!

  • Cathy H
    April 02, 2014 - 12:12

    It is funny when people reference Pictou County as a whole...but really the dysfunction is only in Stellarton, Westville and Trenton. Affirmed last Friday again with the announcement of those moving on to regional action!

  • Waste of money!
    April 02, 2014 - 12:02

    Don't waste our towns money on this. Close the rink and be done with it.

  • Quiet Majority
    April 02, 2014 - 11:22

    Invest in the rink as is. Stop listening to the nay sayers from outside the town. Bingo covers the majority of the cost of the rink, and 2012 was a record year for ice rentals. Support this important piece of community infrastructure.

  • Townie
    April 02, 2014 - 08:56

    synthetic ice ??? really???? in an old barn. its time to close it, and support the new facility that you agreed to.....its time to move forward and get out of the past.....putting all that money into ice that may not be approved for hockey tournaments or games just doesn't make sense.

  • Sigh
    April 02, 2014 - 08:46

    Seriously. Of all the infrastructure investments that Stellarton needs, this. Synthetic ice. Really. Third party management for Pictou County now. We cannot afford these dumb ideas..

  • stavros
    April 02, 2014 - 07:17

    pave foord street already. it looks like a battlefield

  • Resident
    April 01, 2014 - 19:22

    How about closing stellarton rink and reopen the john brother that holds far more people then the stupid wellness center.

  • Jimbob
    April 01, 2014 - 17:43

    The arenas in our county are a microcosm of how well municipal politicians see the "big picture". I've had 2 children go through minor hockey and without a doubt, the worst rink in Pictou County is Stellarton's. Stellarton also has the luxury of having the ice surfaces less than 5km from Town Hall. If the Mayor and Council of Stellarton had the taxpayers of Stellarton at heart, they would have announced that Stellarton's rink would now be the ice surfaces at the Wellness Center. Same thing with Trenton...where the Town Council approved an expenditure of more than $800,000 to repair the cooling system in the Trenton rink. I'm sure the residents of Trenton will be happy to hear that their Town's budget can afford such an expenditure, and that nothing else in Trenton needed that amount of money. I hope that Trenton's budget is such that it won't need any emergency funds from the province!

  • Not Hard to See
    April 01, 2014 - 15:04

    People of Stellarton please wake up and let them know what you think. I know lots of you - you are smarter than this. Your leadership is going to the point of trying to stuff artificial ice in, unapproved for competition even, when the engineer seems to say that the ice plant is the best shape of it all...but wait the rest is crumbling - either way $$$ needed and oh you are on the hook for the wellness ctr deficit too, which you agreed to, and here you are the closet municipality to it. And others (that would be your neighbors) made many sacrifices to have what was agreed by all, yet you do not play ball - which makes it very certainly about more than the Town of Stellarton and their business of what to do with their rink. Its not hard to see why in the face of this type of behavior, new partnerships are to be viewed as un-neighborly territory until proven otherwise. This time Stellar-zins, make it the first time that you say something, make a call or a comment. Be part of making the right thing happen.

  • reality check
    April 01, 2014 - 13:38

    Mr. Mayor..exactly when do you mean until it's absolutely necessary. We think that time passed 25 years ago! Time to think regionally people