The Town of Canton has coordinated additional site visits, such as the one held on July 29, 2015, which focused on the rink’s mechanical systems condition evaluation. This evaluation is an important part of our insurance company’s damage assessment of the rink and pending insurance claim processing.
In addition, we continue to complete other facility evaluation and insurance claim processing administrative action items, such as communications involving the school and various municipal departments, including, notably, our Fire Chief, Building Commissioner, and Recreation Director, along with members of the community and insurance company representatives, including appraisers and their engineering representatives, our legal counsel, FEMA and MEMA (in connection with the Towns application for Federal Assistance). We remain focused on maintaining good communications with our state partners representing (DCR) Division of Conservation and Recreation and (DCAM) Division of Capital Asset Planning. Representative Galvin and the Board of Selectmen continue their active involvement and monitoring of this overall effort.
The coordination and removal of school department athletic equipment has also recently been completed.
Importantly, we are awaiting the state’s issuance of a partial demolition permit which it indicates could be issued this week for work to begin August 17th and is vital to continuing the positive momentum in reaching final decision points on rink facility conditions and resulting insurance coverage provisions.
The partial demolition permit is required in order to clean up debris and make all areas safe to ensure these areas are fully accessible for insurance company engineers to complete their final detailed building and systems evaluation.
This expected final evaluation, with a special focus on the roof and roof supports structures, along with foundation and walls of the rink, will enable the investigators to determine extent and cause of damage.
This information is critical to the insurer’s ability to establish the level and type of applicable insurance and related compensation which will be provided under the Town’s comprehensive insurance program which will be dedicated to the state for rink restoration.
It is expected the next phase of the process will include the planning, design and construction of rink improvements and will generate a construction schedule.
While some time has passed since the rink roof collapse, and we all are anxious to move this entire process along, our Town Counsel, who specializes in cases of this type and complexity, continues to reassure us that the time period we are working within is not unusual and is frankly expected.