CORNING | Though area leaders are generally happy with the state funding being received through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), some key projects did not receive funding on Wednesday -- including the city’s bid for improvements to the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink.

City Manager Mark Ryckman emphasized that funding has already been secured for the work necessary to keep the rink itself up and running.

“Regardless, there’s going to be a working ice rink,” Ryckman said. “The city council has funded the floor and the cooling system.”

The proposal that was part of this year’s regional funding competition was for upgrading the bathrooms at the rink, improving accessibility and repainting the roof trusses at the facility.

The city sought $363,000 from the state to help fund that work.

“We’re disappointed,” Ryckman said. “We’re surprised because we thought it was a strong proposal. The city is putting $900,000 into this project, Corning Enterprises has committed $150,000 for the project, so we were counting on the state of New York as being the last piece of the funding.”

He said he’s still optimistic the city will be able to secure funding for the project.

“We’re not going to give up hope,” Ryckman said. “We’re going to push forward with trying to identify some other state sources of funding.”

The Southern Tier REDC has an extra $100 million it can use to fund area projects through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

Council Co-Chair G. Thomas Tranter noted after the awards were announced that some projects that weren’t funded could go through a process to seek funding from that pool of money.

Ryckman said he’s not yet sure if the city will explore that avenue. He said it’s not a process he’s familiar with yet.

"It’s possible that’s one (option),” he said. “There may be others.”

Time is a factor.

City officials would prefer to seek bids for the floor and cooling system replacement along with the other work all at once.

“We wanted to do this as a package, because we want to get the best bid rates on construction,” Ryckman said.

He said that would obviously mean a better deal for city taxpayers.