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Ogdensburg to buy new electric Zamboni

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The City Council approved the purchase of a new electric Zamboni Monday night.

Council members argued over whether the $120,000 price tag on the machine was justified, but a consensus of the council agreed to the purchase in lieu of two used models.

City Director of Parks and Recreation Matthew J. Curatolo is working on a resolution to purchase the machine, but said it might take several months of the new Zamboni to arrive. In the meantime, he said he is working on a plan to make sure ice is available at the Richard G. Lockwood Civic Center in November and December.

Ogdensburg’s current 32-year-old Zamboni requires $24,000 in repairs which include rebuilding its engine, an expense Mr. Curatolo could not justify considering the machine’s age and use — the city has rebuilt the engine twice since buying the unit.

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