Roy officials pull $537K ice rink proposal from budget, may reconsider later

Thursday , June 21, 2018 - 10:48 AM

ROY — Development of a new ice rink in Roy will have to wait at least a year.

After hearing from residents and others who questioned the proposed $537,000 project, the Roy City Council on Tuesday pulled funding earmarked for the ice rink plans from the 2019 spending plan, putting them on hold. Instead, leaders will wait until next year and take another look at the proposal.

“We’re going to try to finish a couple of important projects and get those behind us,” Roy Mayor Bob Dandoy said Wednesday.

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Dandoy questioned the wisdom of tackling the ice rink proposal now in light of other pending park projects yet to be completed, like the North Park upgrade, among others. That seemed to be the strong sentiment of many who spoke out Tuesday, he said.

Beyond that, Dandoy worries about the year-to-year cost the city would incur to operate the facility. It would generate an estimated $31,500 per year, according to a preliminary estimate, and cost more each year to run, with the city covering the difference, according to budget estimates.

The proposal called for the development of a rink in a retention pond northwest of Roy City Hall, adjacent to the site of the city’s annual Christmas light display. It would be used as basketball or pickleball courts in warmer months.

Of the total estimated cost, $195,500 would come from a Weber County RAMP grant with the rest coming from city coffers. The city will still be able to tax the RAMP grant money next year if officials decide to move forward with the ice rink proposal, according to Dandoy.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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