Niagara Gazette — The immediate repairs to rink No. 1 would still be necessary, even if the city decided to switch to the geothermal system down the road, Dyster said.
"That would be something that we would be doing for our children and grandchildren," Dyster said.
The 42-year-old rink has corroded pipes and has experienced heaving, which could cause refrigeration lines to rupture, a result of the lack of a heating system to periodically defrost the cooling system, according to the resolution.
The money for the consultant would be supplied from a pool of funding set aside from the city's Special Projects Fund Balance specifically for renovations to the ice pavilion, according to the resolution.
Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian said the spending freeze implemented by the council would not apply in this case because the funding is coming from a pool of money that has already been set aside to repair the ice pavilion.
"The ice rink stuff, the money is there," Choolokian said.
The council will listen on Monday to the company representatives and Skurka and decide whether to give Dyster's office the authority to execute a deal and repair the rink, Choolokian said.
"Either way the rink has to get fixed," Choolokian said.