Compressor, locker-room heat among issues he says need to be addressed

    Members of the Crookston Park Board, Mayor Dave Genereux, Parks & Recreation Director Scott Riopelle and possibly other officials very soon will be doing a "walk-through" at Crookston Sports Center to get a firsthand look at various "problems" that Park Board Member Mike Tiedemann said Monday are in need of permanent repairs or upgrades and not continued temporary fixes.   

    Tiedemann asked for the CSC walk-throught at Monday's board meeting. Some recent issues at the CSC have involved a compressor that's shutting off and on and a lack of heat in the locker room typically utilized by the University of Minnesota Crookston. A couple weeks ago, the ice in the Gold Arena partially melted, which led to practices and other activities in that rink being cancelled that evening. The biggest issue that arises when the CSC's systems malfunction is that the system, which is designed to run on "automatic," has to be switched to "manual."   

    Near the conclusion of Monday's meeting, Genereux suggested walking through the facility later that evening, but Riopelle, who's also the CSC manager, had a scheduling conflict.   

    Tiedemann mentioned the various issues at the CSC and his request that officials get a firsthand look at them in an email to around a dozen people last Friday, including Riopelle. At Monday's meeting, Interim City Administrator Pat Kelly, while noting that Tiedemann is only guilty of wanting the CSC to be the best it can be, questioned his method of communicating his concerns.   

    "I know we all want to do a good job, but if I'm a department head I guess I'd rather get an email myself or get a phone call than an email sent to 12 people," Kelly said. "If I was a department head I'd say call me first and if I don't give you the satisfaction then move onto the next level. If you see something wrong, give Scott a chance to remedy it."   

    Tiedemann said he understood Kelly’s concerns. He also suggested that the Protecting the Legacy Fund be a potential financial resource to permanently fix or upgrade various problems at the CSC.    

    “I brought up some issues on Friday to Scott and temporary fixes were in place by Saturday,” Tiedemann said. “But I think we need permanent things. Temporary fixes are tempporary and they fall off and you have a safety hazard again.”   

    He suggested making a list of the needs and approaching the Protecting the Legacy Committee. “Then we see what upgrades we can do,” he said. “To me, if we’re not improving (the CSC) we’re going backwards.”   

    Genereux, who sits on the Protecting the Legacy Committee, said the fund exists to improve the facility.   

    “Instead of going to the fund 10 times, we should make a list up front and see what we can get done,” Tiedemann said.