Council News in Brief Jan. 21

  • Jan. 20, 2011 6:00 p.m.
Oak Bay parks and recreation employee Jim Pearson pilots a new electric Zamboni ice resurfacer around the Oak Bay Recreation Centre’s arena.

Oak Bay parks and recreation employee Jim Pearson pilots a new electric Zamboni ice resurfacer around the Oak Bay Recreation Centre’s arena.

Parks and Rec. thrilled with

new electric Zamboni

Oak Bay Recreation Centre is the first on Vancouver Island to have an electric Zamboni cleaning its ice.

The $165,000 rolling ice resurfacer was delivered last month and has worked out really well, parks and recreation director Lorna Curtis told Oak Bay council this week.

“We won’t see savings for five years, (until) the lease is up,” Curtis said.

The previous 2006 propane Zamboni cost $13,000 a year to run; $10,000 of that was the cost of propane.

It was traded in for $30,000. The new electric model has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

Oak Bay’s ice machine is used 18 hours a day and racks up a lot more mileage than other arenas in the region do with their ice machines, Curtis said.

Incidence of graffiti in Oak Bay

spikes over Christmas season

Too much time on kids’ hands was likely behind a spate of tagging that appeared at Carnarvon and Windsor parks over the Christmas holidays, according to parks manager Lorne Middleton.

“It goes in cycles,” he said, referring to times when school is out.

Oak Bay parks spends between $12,000 and $15,000 each year cleaning graffiti off municipal buildings and structures.

Current cleaning products are expensive and difficult to source, Middleton said.

“If it’s a large patch we end up painting over.”

A new anti-graffiti concrete coating is being considered that would allow crews to clean tagging easily, with little more than a swipe of a cloth.

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