Ogdensburg recreation crews work to maintain ice after compressor glitch


Ogdensburg recreation crews work to maintain ice after compressor glitch

OGDENSBURG — A broken compressor at the Richard G. Lockwood Civic Center has forced a temporary shutdown of the facility’s ice arena, but city officials expect the rink to reopen for business as early as Monday.In recent days, a main seal on the main compressor shaft failed at the arena, forcing city recreation crews to shut down the arena’s compressor and to cancel activity at the Jimmy Howard Rink.Ogdensburg Parks and Recreation Director Matthew J. Curatolo said a company from Buffalo arrived at the Lockwood Arena on Wednesday and was able to fix the seal. However, during that process more issues with the compressor were found.“In order to fix the seal, the compressor motor, which weighs over 2,000 pounds, had to be moved with the help of DPW staff and equipment,” Mr. Curatolo said. “Upon inspection, the motor itself had blown two bearings and had to be fixed.”Mr. Curatolo said the motor has since been fixed, reinstalled and realigned.“As of right now, the compressor is up and running and we are back in business,” Mr. Curatolo said Friday. “We were able to save the ice, despite the warm temperatures today, and staff will be working on ice maintenance over the weekend to prepare for rentals Monday night.” Due to the compressor failure the recreation department had to cancel events and rentals from Jan. 6 through this weekend, according to Mr. Curatolo.“My staff and I appreciate the patience and understanding from the public, especially Ogdensburg minor hockey and Ogdensburg figure skating, and those who had rented ice during this time,” Mr. Curatolo said. “We are currently working on rescheduling those rentals.”The city has lost about $1,300 in revenue from rentals since the compressor problem was found, according to Mr. Curatolo.
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Ogdensburg recreation crews work to maintain ice after compressor glitch

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