New chiller approved for curling rink

Fort St. John city council approved Monday a $78,172 sole-sourced contract to replace a broken ice chiller in hopes of salvaging this year's curling season.

The contract went to Yeti Refrigeration of Prince George, which was called in after the curling rink ice plant went down earlier this month.

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CAO Milo MacDonald noted in a report to council that “there is an opportunity to replace this system with a more resilient unit in time to provide some remaining season for the Curling Club.”

The report notes an estimated delivery and installation timeline of six weeks, which would allow the club to restart the ice plant and have curlers on the ice before the holidays.

If ice is available at the start of January, the club will be able to meet its financial objectives, the report said.

The broken chiller was installed four years ago, but the warranty expired after a year. It was supposed to last at least 10 years.

There was some concern from Coun. Lilia Hansen about the warranty and life expectancy of the new chiller.

MacDonald said he didn’t have the warranty information immediately on hand, though the report notes the life expectancy of the new chiller is 40 years.

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