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Icearium must change exterior colors, FMPC says

The Icearium on South Watt Road is going to get a new coat of paint.- Preston Flanders/farragutpress
A new color scheme is in the future for the Icearium.

A motion to amend the site plan for the local ice rink, located at 110 S. Watt Rd., and approve the facility’s current colors of ice blue and tan failed 3-5. Commissioner Bob Edlund was absent.

Many on the FMPC voted against the motion because ice blue was not the color listed on the site plan submitted to the town last year.

The site plan listed the facilities colors as “brown and a cream color,” said Ruth Hawk, community development director for the town.

The facility was painted a different color when it opened Dec. 20, 2003.

“They just painted it blue,” Hawk said. “We didn’t realize it was painted blue until after-the-fact.”

Icearium representatives tried to get the ice blue color scheme approved Jan. 2, but the “after-the-fact” motion was shot down “for the same reasons it was last week,” Hawk said.

Mayor Eddy Ford, who voted to accept the current color scheme along with Chairman Bob Hill and Commissioner Fred Jones, said they should be approved “because no one in the surrounding area has complained about that color.”

“The community has accepted it,” he said. “It’s time to swallow our collective pride and egos and accept the colors.”

“I’ve had no one say it should be repainted,” Hill said. “We ought to rectify what I consider a bad judgment on my part.”

Hawk said the brown and cream color scheme was approved because the facility “is near a residential area and we wanted it to blend in with the area.”

Many on the FMPC said the facility should be repainted because Icearium representatives did not submit an amended site plan to them for approval before painting the building ice blue.

“I don’t want to feel like we made an error,” Commissioner Connie Rutenber said. “We are responsible to protect the process.”

Ford said Basil Skelton, owner of the Icearium, was following the process.

“He is entirely within process by coming before the board for approval,” he said.

“I am here to change it with due process,” Skelton said. “I realize we didn’t follow the process and I apologize.”

After the FMPC’s vote, Hill voiced his displeasure with the result. “For whatever reason, we followed the process and it didn’t work,” he said.

Bill Shipstad, general manager of the Icearium, said he “was not sure on a time frame” for when the facility would be repainted.

In other business:

• A request to eliminate the walking trail connection between Vista subdivision and the vacant adjacent Silver Farm was denied 8-0 by the FMPC.

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