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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • City Council Ways & Means Committee - Wanted: Less humidity in Blue Arena

  • Protecting the Legacy fund a potential source for estimated $100,000 project
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  •     The amount of humidity in Crookston Sports Center's Blue Arena, where "off-season" hockey games are held in the spring through most of June, continues to be a concern, and the Crookston City Council's Ways & Means Committee Monday evening will discuss the possibility of asking the Protecting the Legacy fund for the estimated $100,000 to cover the cost of the dehumidification equipment and installation.   
        In a memo to the committee, City Administrator Shannon Stassen notes that some rust is already beginning to show in some locations of the four-year old building. He's seeking the council's go-ahead to solicit the the funding from the Protecting the Legacy fund.   
        If the purchase goes forward, the two dehumidifiers would be placed on concrete slabs on the north side of the Blue Arena. The units would be purchased from Becker Arena Products for $65,115 and Proulx Refrigeration of Crookston would install them for $31,675, which includes duct work, welding and the slabs. There would be some costs to run electricity and gas to the units as well.
    Buying trees   
        The city's Pest Control Fund has some money set aside to purchase trees for placement throughout the community, and the committee Monday evening will talk about types of trees that could be purchased and where they could be placed for optimum benefit.   
        Stassen states in his meeting memo that some potential sites for wind and snow protection and vegetative screening have been identified, such as the along the corridor of Old Highway 75, near Crookston Sports Center and various city parks.   
        The city council meets at 7 p.m. at city hall. The committee meeting will follow.

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