Weekly Feature



2017-07-12 / Front Page

Town Board approves arena replacement study

by ANNA WALTERS
Editor

At Monday’s Tonawanda Town Board meeting, the board took a step to further pursue the idea of a new hockey rink in the town.

The board approved a resolution to engage in the professional services of Ballard King & Associates for an Arena Replacement Feasibility Study at a cost of $23,000.

The recreation consulting firm specializes in recreation and sports feasibility studies; parks and/or recreation master plans; operational audits and assessments for recreation, sports and wellness facilities; and management solutions for parks and recreation departments or organizations.

At a June meeting, hockey coaches, players and parents filled the room to express the need for a new rink in the town and how it could present more opportunities for those in hockey leagues.

The town currently has two indoor arenas, Brighton and Lincoln, but the infrastructure has been a voiced concern.

“We all know the rinks are 58 to 60 years old. Those are old rinks,” said Councilman Dan Crangle at the June meeting.

The results of the study will be presented to residents.

At Monday’s meeting, the board also:

Authorized the purchase of 30,000 recycling totes from Rehrig Pacific Company at a total cost of $1.33 million, piggybacking on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ bid.

Scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. Monday, July 31, in the Council Chambers, to consider amending parking, standing and stopping restrictions of a vehicle and traffic local law, relative to Parkhurst Boulevard.

The next Town Board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, July 31, at 2919 Delaware Ave.

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