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City is new owner of hockey club’s Zamboni
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

February 11. 2014 6:00AM
The City of Brandon is now the proud owner of a 1998 Olympia Ice Resurfacer, better recognized as a Zamboni.

The Council approved the $15,000 purchase and a set of operation guidelines at their Feb. 3 meeting.

While the City now owns the ice resurfacing equipment, it will largely be used by the Brandon Valley Hockey Association. Under the agreement, the organization will maintain both sheets of ice: the hockey and public skating rinks that sit side by side at McHardy Park.

The Zamboni purchase came as no surprise to the Council, which had planned for it in its 2014 budget, according to City Administrator Bryan Read. The city took over ownership because it is used on a city-owned facility, and to help the Association finances.

Siren added in city

Residents in the northwest area of the city will soon hear the monthly emergency alerts and subsequent bad weather warnings when a new siren is put up near the intersection of Redwood Boulevard and Ninth Avenue North.

Cost of the new siren and relocation of another is just under $25,000, Read said.

“This is something we’ve been talking about for the last three years, and we budgeted for it,” Alderman Blaine Jones said.

The city will have five emergency warning sirens and are located on Sioux Boulevard near Robert Bennis Elementary, in The Bluffs, at the intersection of Splitrock and Aspen boulevards, at Redwood Boulevard and Ninth Avenue North, and at Sunrise Park on the east side of the city. Read said the siren erected on the east side of Brandon will better serve the Bethany campus and surrounding neighborhoods.

All of the sires will be run by battery back-up, not battery driven. Batteries are changed every two to three years, according to Rollie Hoeke, public works director. Each siren requires four batteries, which cost approximately $120 each.

More park acres

Sixty additional acres of land located on the west side of Big Sioux Recreation Area may be jointly purchased by the City of Brandon and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. This would be another joint land purchase with the GFP in that area. The land, valued at $180,000, would be used for bike trail development, Read said, and the purchase price would be a 50/50 match between the city and GFP.

Jones said he could not support the land purchase at this time.

In other business, the Council:

• Heard a request from resident Jean Gerken to place the water and sewer study reports/system plans on the city website.

“There is visiting and wonderment about that,” Gerken said.

• Approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 510 – Adding Trash Container Regulations on Construction Sites. Alderman Roger Brooks initiated the new ordinance after hearing complaints from constituents regarding trash blowing from construction sites.

• Approved a proposal from Stockwell Engineers to conduct a pavement conditions report at a cost up to $42,500. This study, Read said, is the follow-up to the water and sewer studies Stockwell did for the city in 2013.

“It’s the last key component to working on that project and it helps us with future projections to extend the life of our streets,” Read said.

• Adjourned until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The City of Brandon purchased a 1998 Olympia Ice Resurfacer from the Brandon Valley Hockey Association. Challenger file photo

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