A new, more environmentally-friendly resurfacer will soon be on the ice in Timmins.
Council has given the green light to a 2020 Zamboni Model 450 at the Mountjoy Arena.
The current Olympia ice resurfacer at the arena is a 2007 model, and is one of the city's oldest units, according to director of community and development services Mark Jensen.
At $127,000, the cost of the Zamboni is slightly higher than the $125,000 budgeted for in 2019.
In his presentation, Jensen said they think they can probably get about $15,000 for the Olympia.
“So that can help offset the cost of the new acquisition,” he said.
Coun. John Curley asked about the skating oval being built at Hollinger Park, and if the unit could be used there.
Jensen said they'll discuss retaining the unit, and are also looking at using a water tank on a pickup truck with a plow, which he said other communities have used for similar circumstances.
The new Zamboni is electric, which impressed Coun. Kristin Murray in her research.
According to the staff report, the electric model will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality at the arena