There will be no new roof for the Pot Carling Arena this year, as new docks and an HVAC system for the Community Centre moved to the front of the queue.
During this month’s Muskoka Lakes Township council meeting, it was decided that staff could proceed with replacing the HVAC system at the Port Carling Community Centre, as well as repairs to the Moon River dock. A staff report indicated both were in serious need of work.
Money had been set aside for a new steel roof on the Port Carling arena but Ken Becking, Director of Public Works, said that project is going to wait.
Becking said the current roof has reached the end of it’s lifespan but the bigger picture needs to be addressed.
“There are performance issues with the roof that will need to be addressed but the question is, are we fixing up the existing arena or building a new arena?” said Becking.
Part of the roof money will go to the new HVAC system, which ballooned in price from an estimated $30,000 up to $200,000.
Staff indicated the unit has been problematic over the years and has failed on numerous occasions. The original estimate for the unit had been $30,000 but staff indicated numerous deficiencies had been found subsequently, hence the increased cost.
Becking said the price was not for a complete redo of the entire HVAC system.
“While this may be a bitter pill for council to swallow, it’s only a much smaller portion of a bigger system,” he said.
The second item to draw funds from the deferred roof project was repairs to the Moon River docks, likely to cost between $50,000-$60,000, according to staff.
Staff said anchors for the docks had unexpectedly broken free during the spring, hence the project had not been budgeted for. The project must still go out for tender.
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