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Consultant guiding AMA task force, fixing roof top of priority list

Posted January 29, 2014

The Alliston Memorial Arena (AMA) upgrades task force committee is scheduled to meet again on Feb. 20 to start the process of lining up the proposed projects gathered as part of the public input session held recently, and the potential funding sources to undertake them.

CAO Terri Caron has used funds from her office budget to engage a facilitator, Domenic Lunardo, Senior Advisor, with MPHM Project Managers Inc. for the duration of the project.

"Mr. Lunardo brings 33 years experience in public service in the area of facilities and parks. His most recent position was the Commissioner of Community Services for the Town of Oakville overseeing, fire, recreation and culture, parks and open space, and libraries." He is being assisted by David Main, in the preparation of detailed cost analysis for proposed projects."

Phase 2 of the two-part, $250,000 (50/50 funding split with federal government) renovations - structural, electrical, accessible - are nearing completion and the next component are those projects suggested by user groups and other "friends" of the AMA willing to provide funding for them. Among them are the Alliston Firefighters' Association and its stated commitment to heating the dry pad.

Task force chair Jamie Smith noted this morning the top priority is fixing the roof to stop the leaks.

"Water on the surface makes it unusable to use the dry surface because a slippery surface is dangerous," wrote Ward 2 councillor Smith via email this morning. "The should dos are: fix the floor in the community centre, upgrade the kitchen, rebuild the snack bar, improve the air circulation on the old ice surface. There are a lot of other smaller projects."

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