Growing concerns over Hockeyville check increase; Lakeview Arena reassures the money has been used

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Lakeview Arena received a donation check for $150,000 from Kraft Hockeyville to update their facility.

Yet, after three years, community members are upset because they believe the money hasn't been used. But, Lakeview Arena reassures the public changes have been happening.

"Another major aspect we had to deal with since Hockeyville was a major renovation of Lakeview Arena that a lot of people don't see,” said Assistant Director of Community Services, Andrew MacIver. “We actually put about three and a half million dollars into Lakeview Arena.”

Many of the improvements made have been from behind the scenes.

"I don't think a lot of people realize that because it's lightning, it's the ice plan, HVAC's all these things that people really don't see but it really helps with our energy efficiency and our operations here at Lakeview Arena,” said MacIver.

Lakeview Arena understands people aren't happy, but they didn't want to make any new changes without fixing old problems.

"We didn't want to start doing these projects knowing fully well that if mechanical project was going to happen that it could disrupt or displace some of the projects that we would've done,” said MacIver.

A city commission meeting is scheduled on Monday to discuss this matter. Kristin Cambensy hopes they will receive more information on the city's plans and get a more definite timeline.

"We're very appreciative of the city for what they have done with the Johnson Controls energy upgrades that they did over the summer, we're just wanting to continue the passion and support we felt with Hockeyville, to continue and to see some more visible improvements at Lakeview Arena,” said Cambensy.

Right now, MacIver says they're working on their master plan process to get the most out of their money. Once the Parks and Recreation plan is approved in February, they then will begin to apply to grants and prioritize capital projects in the area.

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