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For Immediate Release

December 1, 2014

The Dawson Creek Curling Rink has been testing at zero ammonia since the brine was neutralized last week and is expected to reopen on Thursday, December 4th subject to BC Safety Authority approval.  The Memorial Arena, however, has now had two successive ammonia positive tests, of increasing severity, showing there is definitely a leak in the Memorial Arena chiller.

In keeping with Council’s previous direction, the Memorial Arena is now closed for the remainder of the ice season.  The discussion with Memorial Arena users tonight will canvass the details of the transition to Encana Events Centre.

Our consultants are now developing a plan of action regarding the Memorial Arena.  A certified contractor will be brought in to safely drain and remove the ammonia from the chiller. Once the ammonia is gone, the brine will again be neutralized.  The system will then be shut down, the brine removed and disposed of, and the ice removed.  A contractor will then complete the necessary investigation on the compressor, condenser, brine lines and pad condition, as well as the chiller to determine the cause of the leak, and advise of the necessary repairs/replacements.  A budget will then be prepared and options identified for Council.  Following user group input, Council will need to make decisions about what expenditures are rational going forward.

Throughout this entire process, the safety of the public has been the first priority and will continue to be.  Council has authorized a significant extra expense for 2015 to take advantage of the availability of an alternative at Encana, and provide the best possible ice availability for hockey, speed skating, figure skating, and public skating.

For further information please contact:

Mayor Dale Bumstead: 250-784-3616

Duncan Redfearn, Deputy Director of Community Services at 250-784-3683