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Arena upgrades worth discussing

Taxpayers of Minnedosa, many of you have stated that the present arena should be “rebuilt.”

I do think that that is an option that must be seriously considered. In May 2012, Coun. Frank Taylor graciously toured me through the arena. Thank you, Mr. Taylor.

What I saw was a very solid structure that has tremendous possibilities. The solidness of the structure was confirmed by Associated Engineers in April 2013. After 65 years, and decades of neglect, the building shows no serious structural defects; this would indicate that it will likely outlast any new construction.

I commend Bob Manns for his article in the Feb. 28 Minnedosa Tribune. I fully agree we must have rational discussions “… that involve more LIGHT than heat.” With that in mind, and no judgment on Bob’s ideas, I will share my thoughts.

Here, in point form, are my thoughts on what could be done with the present arena, the order may vary.

• Conduct a more thorough engineering assessment of the arena, in particular to identify areas that need “shoring up.”

• Redo the roof; asphalt, metal?

• Insulate the ceiling (rafters); Styrofoam? Spray foam? Insulated hanging ceiling?

• Gut the arena; remove ice, boards and seating.

• Build an addition on the north end (approximately 10 feet) to allow for “standard” ice.

• Install ice surface with seating moved to one side.

• With the seating on one side, there should be room for change and storage rooms in behind the seating.

• Upgrade the canteen, viewing area, washrooms, broadcast booth and downstairs.

• Build an entrance/atrium shared with the Community Conference Centre.

Since the arena is vacant for six to seven months of the year, by staging the redevelopment this could be accomplished in four to five years without losing any hockey season. This would also allow for time to use volunteer labour and fundraising.

I would like to see an experienced builder put some ballpark numbers on the above suggestions, and other items I have missed, and see what this might cost.

“The all-wood building (Minnedosa arena) …” Brandon Sun, Feb. 22. Who supplied this misinformation?

The extensive write-ups about hockey in Minnedosa, in the Feb. 28 Minnedosa Tribune, had a large number of unsubstantiated “users” of the arena.

Who are “users”? Why not publish the arena booking schedule? Surely there is a booking schedule, and include in it the number of actual participants.

Herman Klassen

Minnedosa

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 7, 2014

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Be careful what you wish for...the upgrades and renovations suggested would also mean bringing the whole arena up to the safety and fire code that is currently in place. How much would does it cost to bring a 65 year old building up to current code without breaking the bank? If you're going to spend a couple million on renovations, spend a couple million more and build new, otherwise in 20 years you'll have an 85 year old renovated structure that is still not suitable for the community.

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Taxpayers of Minnedosa, many of you have stated that the present arena should be “rebuilt.”

I do think that that is an option that must be seriously considered. In May 2012, Coun. Frank Taylor graciously toured me through the arena. Thank you, Mr. Taylor.

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I do think that that is an option that must be seriously considered. In May 2012, Coun. Frank Taylor graciously toured me through the arena. Thank you, Mr. Taylor.

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