Town of Ponoka council approved some additions to the town’s new Zamboni purchase. Added is an auger washout and a seat with better sight lines. Photo from Zamboni website

Ponoka council approves add-ons to Zamboni order

By Emily Jaycox

Ponoka News Contributor

A couple of upgrades will be added to the order of the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex’s new Zamboni.

Council approved the addition of an auger washout system valued at $1,610 and an upgraded seat for $750 on May 8 during its regular meeting.

The additions will be funded through the 2018 equipment replacement capital budget.

The original request to purchase a Zamboni was presented to council on April 10.

Wes Amendt, director of community services, plus the complex operator, saw the new Zamboni model at the Recreation Facility Personnel Conference April 15 to 18.

The model on display at the trade show had additional features that weren’t included in the town’s Zamboni purchase.

Amendt told council the new auger washer system is an improvement to safety and the upgraded seat would provide better sight lines for the operator.

Coun. Clayton Nelson questioned why these items weren’t included in the original quote.

“I just don’t want to do these things twice,” he said.

Amendt says selling the old Zamboni should more than recoup the costs of the upgrades.

The motion carried with only Coun. Nelson opposed.

Ferguson joins Post-Secondary Committee

Town council appointed Coun. Kevin Ferguson as a member of the Ponoka Post-Secondary Committee during its regular meeting on May 8.

As a retired teacher, Ferguson was considered the ideal candidate.

Ferguson stated his schedule was already full, but the motion passed with all present councillors in favour, except for Ferguson himself.

Coun. Carla Prediger was absent.

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