Last night, at the Common Council Public Works Committee meeting, DPW superintendent Rob Perry shared the back story of why there is no skating on the lake this year.
It seems that a representative of the City's insurer was visiting the mayor's office, where the mayor has displayed on the wall a picture of people skating on Oakdale Lake. The insurance guy commented about the good old days when people skated on frozen water bodies. The mayor told him that the picture had been taken just last winter, occasioning the insurance guy to inform the mayor that the City's liability insurance would not cover ice skating on open water.
To compensate, the Department of Public Works is at work creating an ice rink at Oakdale. Progress has been stalled awaiting delivery of a white tarp to be placed under the ice (the asphalt absorbs heat from the sun and melts the ice) and weather that will free up DPW workers from snow plowing duties so work on the rink can proceed.
|Photo: Rob Perry|