Wescast Community Complex to replace aging ice resurfacer

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WINGHAM – The Township of North Huron is replacing the 14-year-old ice resurfacer at the Wescast Community Complex as part of a multi-year plan to replace various municipal assets.

Director of Recreation and Community Services Vicky Luttenberger presented a report informing council of the results of a request for tender (RFT) during the April 19 regular council meeting.

Luttenberger recommended that Resurfice Corp. from Elmira be awarded the contract “for the supply and delivery of a propane ice resurfacer with an installed ice levelling system for the base price of $103,790 less a trade-in value of $6,550 for the existing Olympia, for a total cost of $97,240 plus HST.”

The 2022 capital budget included funding for this purchase.

“Based on the bids received,” Luttenberger’s report stated, “staff’s recommendation is to award the project to the lowest bidder.”

She also recommended that council accept the trade-in allowance of $6,550 for the existing Olympia ice resurfacer.

The new resurfacer will take approximately eight months to manufacture and deliver, so it is estimated that the delivery will happen by the end of 2022.

“The North Huron Wescast Community Complex is an aging facility. As such, many of the facility’s amenities, equipment and mechanical components are at the end of their lifespan,” Luttenberger’s report said. “To ensure the facility continues to operate efficiently and is able to meet the expectations of residents, the township will need to continue to allocate funds to reserves annually to offset capital replacement costs in the future.”

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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