The City of Nanaimo is spending $169,900 to purchase an electric Zamboni to begin replacing an aging fleet.
A 1988 ice-surfacing machine is nearing the end of its life and needs to be replaced. The city currently has five propane-operated Zambonis ranging in age from 1988 to 2006.
City council approved the sole-source purchase to help standardize the fleet, streamline mechanical training and take advantage of cost savings for parts and specialized tools.
Funds for the Zamboni were approved in the 2012 capital plan.