By Jeffery Smith jsmith@the-leader.com

CORNING - The City Council will vote Monday night to spend $23,000 for upgrades completed early last January at the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

City Manager Mark Ryckman said a new cooling tower used to freeze the rink surface, was installed.

“It’s a very popular rink,” said Councilman Chris Karam, R-3. “Highly used.”

City Manager Mark Ryckman said the old cooling tower - which failed Nov. 18 and caused the ice to melt - was removed and replaced.

The City Council voted in late November to spend $44,000 to replace the cooling tower.

Ryckman said the ice rink has not seen major upgrades since it was built in the late-1980s.

The city received a study in early 2015 from Hunt Engineers and Architects that detailed the rink’s maintenance needs, Ryckman said. Significant work including replacing the ice rink floor, updating and repainting the roof trusses is needed, according to the study.

Ryckman said the project is expected to cost about $800,000 to complete.The facility is aging and at some point a significant investment into the ice rink will have to be made.