NEWS/ CITY HALL — Eight hundred and thirteen thousand dollars “is quite a sum of money,” as one councillor put it, but the Tournament Capital Centre will get a repair job to stop it from leaking when it rains.
The leaks were discovered last year and an assessment of the problem found that missing vapour barriers caused the problem, so council decided to go ahead with the repairs but will try to get money back through the contractor and building designer.
“That’s our worst-case scenario,” Mayor Peter Milobar said of the $813,015 contract.
“It’s quite a large sum of money so, hopefully, the City is successful” in recouping the money, said Coun. Donovan Cavers.
“We have to take care of City structures and infrastructure but the important thing is you don’t just leave it and get worse, you deal with it now and fix it,” added Coun. Marg Spina.
In other matters at today’s (Tuesday’s) meeting, council:
• was divided on a staff proposal to put $45,000 into the 2015 budget discussions in case it wants to look at alternatives to paying property taxes at City Hall. Due to street construction in front of City Hall this year, a satellite office was opened at the McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre at a cost of $49,000. Coun. Pat Wallace said the North Shore deserves the service, while Coun. Nelly Dever felt North Shore residents would rather have the money for potholes.
• agreed to include $100,000 for discussion in the 2015 budget to make improvements to the Rose Hill community park, mainly for parking, trail enhancements and fencing. “The people in Rose Hill have really asked for very little,” said Wallace, but Spina said other parks that need repairs should be a priority. Coun. Lange emphasized it doesn’t mean the improvements will definitely be made, only that they’ll be discussed next year.