Repairs in the thousands of dollars are necessary to the Oxford arena to make the arena more viable. Arena Manager John Nauss is urging the Town of Oxford to carry out these repairs if they want their arena to have a future.
OXFORD: Repairs in the thousands of dollars are necessary to the Oxford arena to make the arena more viable. Arena Manager John Nauss is urging the Town of Oxford to carry out these repairs if they want their arena to have a future.
According to the arena manager there have been a number of organizations requesting the use of the Oxford arena, however the manager explained that the arena needs extensive renovations if the town wants a successful building.
"There's no insulation, no dehumidifier, the ceiling is in poor shape," Nauss said. "You can't expect people to come into the building under the conditions it's in."
Nauss mentioned a new Junior C team has expressed interest in using the arena Atlantic Ringette, too, has expressed interest in using the arena as a central practice point.
"We could have minor hockey back in Oxford along with Cumberland Ringette but in order for that to happen the ice has to be in the rink by the first part of October because that's when these organizations begin their season," Nauss said.
The arena manager strongly urged council to decide whether or not they want to remain competitive with other arenas stating that with the organizations that are interested in utilizing the arena would book at least 50 - 60 hours of ice time, which would sustain the building.
"Junior C starts October 5 and this building wouldn't be sustainable to early ice the way it is," Nauss said.
"A new ceiling for the building would cost $43,000 and new lighting would be required as well. However, the new lighting would give a 20 to 25 per cent energy savings," the manager explained.
"If you can come up with some numbers showing revenue we'll have a look at it," Councillor Wade Adshade said in response to the arena Manager.
Nauss expressed that it would be good for the Town of Oxford to have the arena operational for these organizations rather than let the building deteriorate further than it has also pointing out that when these organizations are in Oxford it is good for local businesses as well.
According to Oxford's CAO Darrell White the town of Oxford has plans in place in the $50,000 price range for a dehumidifier and upgrades around the boards, benches and zamboni.
"Those are commitments that are going to be done," White said.
"Addition plans at a cost of $150,000," White explained, "would be dressing room upgrades and washroom upgrades."
White added that those plans would be contingent on fundraising.