After weeks of waiting, the town has received word back from LM Architects of Winnipeg stating it could not construct a new double-rink ice facility here within the $4.9-million budget.
CAO Bill Naturkach informed the committee of the whole of council at Monday’s meeting after speaking with the company by telephone.
The town originally had opted to build a double-rink facility, with the intention of tearing down existing Memorial Arena. But that plan fell through when the contract with Windfield Construction of Winnipeg was terminated because the company could not receive a performance bond for the project.
Windfield told the town it could build the project for $4.9-million.
So with the double-rink option now closed, the town next will open proposals from architects June 9 to build a single indoor ice surface adjacent to Memorial Arena.
But Mayor Glenn Witherspoon stressed the town’s time and effort weren’t wasted by LM.
“It was worth looking into, and if we could have gotten it for that price, it would have been a helluva deal,” he noted yesterday.
Construction of the new single ice surface is slated to start this fall.
Completion is expected around March or April of next year.