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Arena should have been done right from get-go [UPDATED]

Published 10:34am Thursday, November 14, 2013 Updated 12:35pm Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Fergus Falls Public Works and Safety Committee unanimously approved a plan to add a dehumidification system to the south Community Arena.

The facility has already seen some wear and tear from moisture, and it appears the situation will only get worse if the problem is not addressed, so of course the committee is right in agreeing to fix the problem.

However, this problem could have been avoided completely and should have been included in the original building plan.

It was known before the facility was built that the dehumidification system would be needed in a few years. According to the public works director, the system was left out of the plan to stay within budget. Now the committee needs to find $31,900 for a Band-Aid plan and $214,000 for a long term plan.

Funding options for the project are limited. There is $46,161 available in the capital improvement project budget. There is also $10,000 in unexpected project funds that could be used with sales tax revenues.

It’s hard to consider this an unexpected project. It seems more like a way to shade a couple thousand dollars from the initial numbers presented.

The Community Arena is an important part of Fergus Falls, and it should be well maintained. The plan to add a dehumidification system is needed, but it should have been included in the original plans and numbers.

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