MASSENA — The Massena Central School District won’t need to worry about an increase in ice rental rates at the Massena Arena for the next five years.
The Massena Recreation Commission has agreed to freeze ice rental rates at $103 an hour starting with the 2019-20 hockey season and ending at the conclusion of the 2023-24 hockey season.
In exchange, the district is donating a used Tennant T7 Ride-On Floor Scrubber that is no longer needed to the Recreation Commission.
Superintendent Patrick Brady said district Policy 52450 regarding the sale and disposal of school district property allows the district to donate unneeded equipment to a municipality if the district receives a benefit in return.
The revised policy was first used in April when the district donated a mower that was no longer needed to the village of Massena, which planned to scrap its parts and use them to revamp other mowers used by the village.
In exchange, the village agreed to allow the district to use the village’s mower in the event the district’s was in disrepair between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020.
Mr. Brady said Greg Tessier, the district’s director of operations, and Gavin Regan, the district’s athletic director had been working with village officials on the plan to donate the 10-year-old floor scrubber to the Recreation Commission for use at the Massena Arena.
“In return, we will receive a freeze on our ice rates increasing for the next five years, which is approximately a $3,000 benefit to the school over that time period. I think its a good deal,” he said.
To allow for the exchange, both entities had to pass an intermunicipal agreement indicating the exchange of goods or services. Village trustees and board of education members approved the resolution during their June meetings.