CHAMPLAIN — An outdoor ice rink will soon invite skaters and hockey players to downtown Champlain.
Plastic sheeting is ready to install that will help keep the ice at a more even temperature, Village Mayor Greg Martin said, and the rink will be framed in by treated lumber.
With cooperation from the weather, he said, the ice should be ready to go by Christmas vacation.
Located on village green space adjacent to What’s In Store? clothing shop on Main Street, the ice rink will double as a basketball court in warmer weather.
It’s part of a new recreation area that includes a playground with swing sets, donated by Lowe’s. Other equipment is coming in the spring.
And those grounds, along with River Street Park across the Elm Street Bridge, are also home to a new disc golf course.
Paid for by tobacco-settlement money, the course is about finished, and enthusiasts are already making use of it, Martin said.
Also at a recent session, the Village Board discussed:
Disposable wipes: Martin asked that residents not flush the cleansing cloths, as they clog the wastewater system and can damage pumps.
Welcome kits: Trustee Janet McFetridge asked board members for input on her early plan for the kits, which will be given to new residents.
Public Works report: Public Works Superintendent Michael Jolicoeur told the board all the crew members had taken the snow-plow safety course and that repairs on hydrants, the backhoe and a light pole in the park were complete.
He asked that residents call the village should they want to change the water flow in culverts — not attempt it on their own.
Culvert work was complete on Prospect Street, he said.
Tree planted: A blue spruce donated to the village was planted in Paquette Park to replace one that had been mowed down by a car traveling too fast on Main Street, the mayor said.
Sidewalks: Trustee Amy Gehrig expressed concern about the condition of village sidewalks, and Jolicoeur said they will be a priority next year.
McFetridge wondered why South Street does not have sidewalks, as many people walk there. Jolicoeur said he would look into that.
Village election: Two trustee seats, both two-year terms and held by Amy Gehrig and Thomas Trombley, will be up for vote in the March 18 election.
New equipment: The board voted unanimously to approve purchase of a detachable sander for the village’s new 1-ton pickup truck for no more than $5,800.
“We have some streets that are very difficult to go down with the big dump truck,” the mayor said. “It was more efficient to buy (the smaller vehicle); it’s just more versatile.”
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