Barre ice arena closed due to mold


BARRE (AP) -- The indoor ice arena in Barre has been shut down because of mold problems and won’t re-open until November.

City councilors were told this week that it will cost about $150,000 to clean up the mold and paint and seal the interior of the arena. The BOR auditorium is expected to reopen on Nov. 5.

The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus ( ) reported that tests conducted Tuesday confirmed an air quality problem that the facilities director said is linked to mold in the ceiling. The tests were requested by a labor union.

The auditorium will lose an estimated $23,000 in revenue, mostly from the Barre Youth Sports Association, while it’s closed, said Facilities Director Jeff Bergeron.

The recent start of the seasonal ice-making process has led to condensation in the arena, which lacks a sufficient dehumidification system -- creating air quality problems that prompted the request for an environmental assessment.

That assessment by Crothers Environmental Group confirmed the presence of airborne mold, prompting him to stop making ice and close the BOR.

Mayor Thomas Lauzon said the work has to be done.

"There’s a hazard," he said. "We’re not going to expose children to it (and) we’re not going to expose the general public to it. So, while this is a difficult financial decision, it is an easy decision."


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