DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Councillors recently approved the purchase of three new humicon units as part of the ambitious renovation project at Uxbridge Arena.
At their meeting on the morning of Monday, Feb. 11, councillors voted to approve the purchase of the units which carry a total price tag of almost $67,000 as explained in a report from Township Facilities Manager Bob Ferguson.
"The humicons are essential in the building's functionality controlling the humidity on the ice pads," explained Mr. Ferguson in his report.
The humicons are just one part of a much larger renovation project planned for the 35-year-old facility, that will also see Pad 1 nearly completely remodelled in time for next season.
A condition of federal funding received for the project is that a percentage of the money is to be spent by the end of March, and according to Mr. Ferguson, the purchase of these new units allows the township to clear that particular hurdle.
As part of the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, Uxbridge will be receiving approximately $400,000 from the federal government for the renovations, with the township adding the remaining $800,000.
"Typically facilities like this have a 35-year lifespan, so we are right in line with that since the arena opened in 1978," Mr. Ferguson told The Standard. "It's exciting that we'll basically have brand new facility by the time the season starts up again in the fall."
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