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Recreation Department looks for funds to repair ice rink in Olean budget talks

OLEAN – City officials are looking into making repairs to the ice skating surface at the William O. Smith Recreation Center and to the sidewalk lighting outside the building as they begin working on a city budget for next year.

Recreation Program Director John Anastasia said the floor under the ice surface has started to heave and needs to be fixed. The cost for repairs is not known.

“We will have a company that specializes in ice surfaces come in after the skating season to take a look at the floor,” Anastasia said. “After they do that, we will have a better idea of how much it will cost to fix it.”

Repairs to the floor would have to be made early in the off-season to prevent any delays in next year’s hockey season, according to city public works director Tom Windus.

The floor at the recreation center is original to the building, Anastasia said. The William O. Smith Recreation Center opened in the summer of 1979. The ice rink was first used in the winter of 1980.

Another issue facing the recreation center property involves outdoor lighting on the sidewalk between the font door and the parking lot.

Earlier in the skating season, Windus believes a short circuit caused the lighting to be undependable. Repairs are planned to start after spring thaw, Windus said.

Officials also are considering a request from Senior Services Director Kathy Hamed, who asked that $5,000 be budgeted for programming at the John Ash Community Center.

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