Evart replaces ice rink after damage

EVART — A new ice rink will be installed in Evart following the destruction of the installed liner due to high winds which hit Evart right before Christmas.

At the city council meeting on Jan. 4, council members approved the purchase of new rink equipment up to $2,000.

Wilson said the rink had about two and a half inches of water in it to hold the liner in place, though the outdoor temperatures weren't cold enough for the water to freeze. The high winds caused the water to move to one side of the rink, and winds were able to travel under the liner and blow the side walls down, damaging the liner beyond use.

However, as of Tuesday, Wilson said he discovered an efficient, yet cheaper option of using pit liner, usually used for silage. He said he would purchase the pit liner and work to have the new rink set up by the end of the week.

In other business, council members discussed the Evart Depot's repair needs, including the roof, windows, and ways to make the structure compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. They also stated they wanted to look into either renovating the depot for further city hall use or using or building a structure for a new city hall.

Evart City Manager Zach Szakacs said a $3,500 feasibility study by OHM Advisors is cheaper than the one from DK Design the city planned on using, and the company also can provide a public survey and town hall meeting for an additional $1,500 if the city desired.

Council member Dan Elliot said the depot was never meant to serve as a permanent city hall, though it's been city hall longer than expected. He said he supported a feasibility study to see where the city needs to be in the future and doubts renovation of the depot would be the best option.

The council approved the OHM Advisors' feasibility study on the Evart Depot. Funds for the study will come out of the General Fund, according to Evart City Treasurer Sarah Dvoracek.

In other business, council members approved the council meeting schedule for the year. Meetings will take place at 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday of the month, except when holidays fall on Monday. The second February meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Evart Fire Hall.