COLUMN: Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena is in good shape

— The report estimated $30,000 to re-build compressor number 2. In reality, compressor number 2 has not been used, needed or even running since GIBA took over the rink operation.

There were some housekeeping items that were pointed out and did in fact need attention. These have since been resolved.

The positive result of the inspection was it brought to light some housekeeping items and safety recommendations. These have all been completed and just recently the town of Lysander's Code Enforcement Officer, Tim Wolsey, came in for a formal fire/safety inspection and was impressed with the work done over the past month in the arena.

In summary, over the past 10 years of the lease between the GBIA and the town, GBIA has contributed nearly $250,000 in improvements to the building, machinery and equipment. Much of this was accomplished with the help of the Town of Lysander and its residents who make up the vast majority of the users.

The rink offers a variety of programs for Lysander residents including youth hockey, figure skating, teen night, public skating events, high school hockey, adult ice hockey, adult roller hockey, roller derby, birthday parties and several other events.

If anyone would like a tour of the facility, please send an email to mchapman@bvilleice.com and we would be glad to show you around.

We are still working with the town to reconcile any difference they have regarding the lease. We understand and appreciate their fiscal responsibility relative to the tax payers’ expenditures.

Michael Chapman is a member of the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena. Contact him at mchapman@bvilleice.com.

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