Prescott – The Fort town will be without ice at the Leo Boivin Community Centre for the foreseeable future after an ammonia leak was discovered during pressure testing of the of the arena floor.
According to a press release issued on Tuesday, Prescott Town Council held an Emergency Special Council meeting on Tuesday, August 21 were council decommissioning the ice plant at the Leo Boivin Community Centre. Alternative recreational uses for the building are being explored by Town staff at the present time according to the press release.
During the process of preparing the Leo Boivin Community Centre ice plant for the 2018-19 season, CIMCO, the Town of Prescott’s refrigeration contractor, conducted pressure testing of the arena floor. This testing was conducted due to the tragic incident in Fernie, British Columbia (which was the subject of a safety report released in the last month) and in light of the recent closure of the Goderich Memorial Arena, which operated with the same type of ice plant as Prescott.
The pressure testing conducted by CIMCO, in accordance with TSSA standards, failed to maintain pressure, which indicates that there is a leak in the public floor area of the ice plant system. Given the failed test and the age of the system, CIMCO will not start the ice plant for usage.
“This is a very sad day for all of us in the Town of Prescott,” said Mayor Brett Todd. “While we have been working toward the construction of a new L. Boivin Community Centre, we expected to have at least a few more years left at this current beloved facility. Unfortunately, circumstances involving the use of ammonia in ice plants in Canada have changed dramatically in recent weeks and months. All we can do now is redouble our efforts and build a new L. Boivin Community Centre.”
“The health, safety, and well-being of the L. Boivin Community Centre’s users and staff, as well as the residents of Prescott, is the top priority of the Town of Prescott. The Town of Prescott will continue to show the same level of action, transparency, and communication throughout the evolution of this situation. We thank all of those affected for your patience and understanding.” said the press release.