Cross-country ski trails’ name formally approved by council

Thompson city council passed four resolutions at their brief first meeting of 2021 on Jan. 4, belatedly approving a name change to the cross-country ski trails just across the Burntwood River as well as tenders for plumbing, electrical and HVAC service and maintenance.

Council unanimously approved the official changing of the cross-country ski trails' name to Thompson Community Ski Trails from the previous moniker of Crolly Trail.

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The original name, given in honour of Jack Crolly, remains in the form of the Crolly Loop, the original 3.75-kilometre trail. Beginning in 2009, John Holland, Kristy Prystay, Ed Holland and Carrie Holland worked to improve that trail and add seven others, taking the total amount of trails in the area to about 10 kilometres. New signs for the trails bear the new name but it was never officially approved by council.

“They did contact Jack Crolly and talk to him about this and he did give his permission, his blessing on this,” recreation director Carol Taylor said during a discussion about formalizing the name change during the last recreation and community services committee meeting on Dec. 15.

Mayor Colleen Smook said the trails have been seeing plenty of use this winter, though the city is requesting that skiers stay off them on Thursday evenings when they are groomed so that the tracks have time to set.

Unanimous approval was also given to awarding a plumbing services contract to MR Plumbing, an electrical services contract to KNC Electric and an HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) maintenance contract to Ice Age Mechanicals. The budget for the contracts, which each run three years, is about $24,000 per year for plumbing, $70,000 a year for electrical work and $50,000 a year for HVAC maintenance.

Coun. Les Ellsworth said the city should be expecting prices for such services to rise, given that there is now a much larger sewage treatment plant and the water treatment plant inherited from Vale is getting old.

“We have to look at having our own in-house people doing the work,” he said. “We’ve got to be getting close to what it would cost to have a tradesperson in there.”

Noting that ice Age Mechanicals, the only company to submit a bid for the HVAC maintenance contract, was based in another province, Coun. Andre Proulx asked if they had a local operation. Chief financial officer Jenny Krentz said they have a presence in Nelson House and that the company committed to being able to respond to maintenance issues within 24 hours.

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