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Potsdam village officials spend $28,750 for new Pine Street Arena carrier compressor

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POTSDAM - The Pine Street Arena in Potsdam will be getting a new carrier compressor later this year, courtesy of Goodrich Refrigeration, Inc., at a price tag of $28,750.

The Potsdam Village Board awarded the bid to the Brasher Falls based company earlier this week and labor will include the replacement and installation of the unit.

“The ice-making equipment in the arena has two compressors and last year one of the compressors failed. We were able to limp along on one compressor, but this is us now getting around to replacing the faulty compressor,” Mayor Steven W. Yurgartis said.

Potsdam Recreation Director Timothy W. Carey said the two current compressors were installed in 2005.

“We don’t run them during the non-ice season, and they chill the ice to keep it frozen,” Mr. Carey said. “It has to be done before we make the ice.”

Mr. Yurgartis re-iterated the idea that there is not an immediate need for the new machine.

“It doesn’t matter until we get to the ice season so we have some time. We won’t be running that compressor until probably October,” he said.

The arena was constructed in 1972 as part of Sandstoner Park and in the winter is the home of the Potsdam Jr. Hockey Association, Potsdam Figure Skating Club, Potsdam Sandstoner hockey teams and various other skating groups.

The compressors were a part of the arena’s most extensive renovation in 2005. Also replaced was refrigeration equipment including new piping and concrete flooring, new dasherboards and tempered glass, and a new roof covering.

The facility also garnered a $50,000 grant from the state and municipal facilities capital fund in June. The funds will be used primarily to upgrade the bathroom and concession facilities at the village-owned arena, which is used by the joint town-village recreation program.

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