Expansion of dressing rooms halted

CHESTERVILLE – Expansion of the dressing rooms at the Chesterville Arena won’t be going ahead in time for the start of the next ice season.

The decision comes after estimates for the work leapfrog well past the amount budgeted by North Dundas this year.

Recreation director Meaghan Meerburg outlined the project during a recent council meeting. In her presentation, Meerburg noted that just one bid had been received for the week, coming in from Kemptville Building Centre.

“We received word from three contractors that they were unable to bid as their schedules were full for this summer,” she added.

The lone quotation received shot past the municipality’s $39,650 budget by nearly $140,000.

Within the proposal, the Kemptville business laid out $29,702 worth of mechanical, electrical and hydronic heating requirements, and offered separate choices for wall construction with metal stud ($132,353) or concrete block ($148,058).

Left with just one option, North Dundas’ councillors made quick work of a decision.

“I don’t like that we’re looking at five times the project,” Deputy-Mayor Al Armstrong said. “At this stage, spring work would give us the biggest possibility.”

The second in command also proposed an attempt to get work done through volunteer efforts, much like the revitalized Morewood Community Centre.

“We could try and steer this with community-minded people with skills needed,” Armstrong said.

Added Mayor Tony Fraser: “Efforts in Morewood proved it is feasible. Let’s ensure facilities are as good as possible. It is a community centre.”

The efforts at Chesterville’s would see change rooms one to four increased from its current player occupancy of 74 to allow space for 30 more.

North Dundas’ politicians also deferred a tender for flooring, which will ultimately compliment the change room expansions.

Hawks get help
Sticking to the junior hockey front, councillors also approved a financial helping hand for the Winchester Hawks.

The $12,500 in assistance comes at a time when the Hawks are looking to expand the team’s dressing room at the Joel Steele Community Centre. The club will do so by commandeering space in the adjoining and little used boardroom.

The Hawks will have exclusive use of the space during the ice season.