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Outdoor Ice Rink Will Get Upgrade with Metal Boards From SUNY Potsdam


CANTON - Ice skaters, hockey players and others heading to Canton’s outdoor rink will soon find a larger surface enclosed by boards formerly used at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall ice arena.

The metal boards were donated to Canton by SUNY Potsdam, which is installing new boards at its indoor ice rink.

Village Superintendent Brien E. Hallahan said the metal boards will replace the wooden boards now used at the outdoor rink next to the Canton Recreational Pavilion, Outer Lincoln Street.

“They offered them so we took them,” Mr. Hallahan said. “They will be installed soon by the village and the town.”

A larger outdoor rink will provide the chance for other recreational activities such as box lacrosse, tennis and basketball, Mr. Hallahan said.

The village board agreed Monday evening to donate the outdoor rink’s old wooden boards to another municipality.

Mayor David C. Curry was absent from the meeting so Trustee Sylvia M. Kingston presided.

“The village of Massena has expressed an interest,” Mr. Hallahan said. “It’s legal to give them to another community. This is a good, clean way to get rid of things.”

Representatives from Massena are expected to be in Canton today to look at the boards.

In related news, Mr. Hallahan recommended the board establish a written agreement with the Canton Minor Hockey Association in regards to profits generated from the pavilion’s concession stand.

The hockey association took over the stand last season and will be asked to pay an annual fee of roughly $2,500 to the village, he said.

In other news, the village agreed to hire Gouverneur Roofing, Siding & Sheet Metal Co. Inc. to replace the roof at the village’s old sewer administration building, Riverside Drive. The building houses electrical equipment. The firm submitted the low bid of $37,361 and the funding is in the capital improvement portion of this year’s budget.

The board also agreed to move forward with the process of filling a vacant police officer’s job.

Trustee Mary Ann Ashley suggested providing funding to the Canton Chamber of Commerce that could be used to provide back door signage for downtown businesses.

Rather than provide each business with its own sign, Ms. Kingston suggested that a group of businesses be listed on large metal signs that could be installed near municipal parking lots on Riverside Drive and Hodskin Street.

Trustee Jesse Coburn said he would support having the village partially fund signage for businesses.

“I would support a matching type fund if the business owner is willing to put a nominal investment down,” he said.

The village board tabled discussion of a wind law that is being considered by the town board. Following the public meeting the board adjourned into executive session to discuss contractual and personnel matters.

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