BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Gallatin County ice community is one step closer to securing a second sheet of ice for a year round rink.
County commissioners heard from their finance director, along with representatives from the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association and the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.
Commissioners say Bozeman's ice community has really stepped up and say authorizing the $1.15 million loan won't be a financial burden on the county.
The money will go towards phase one of the project- moving the entrance to Haynes Pavilion, construction of a new parking lot north and east of Haynes, moving the Oak Street fairgrounds entrance and construction of the new ice rink building. Commissioner Joe Skinner says adding a year-round rink will meet growing demands and also help to stimulate our local economy.
"There's a huge demand for these services and I don't think it's the county's responsibility to provide for those kinds of services. It gives us an opportunity to partner with an organization to provide those services. I think it's a good thing to do that doesn't have a tremendous amount of risk for the county," says Commissioner Skinner.
There's still one more public hearing before the county hands over the loan. If approved, current ice users will be responsible for paying back the loan at around $61,000 a year.