City Facility Upgrades to Highlight Rare Wednesday Council Session
One of the key issues to be discussed this evening is the condition of City assets and facilities. The latest report, on 17 of the City’s assets, suggests the City will need to reinvest $14.8 million over the next ten years to correct problems with the buildings. The City has now completed assessments on 24 facilities over the past two years and the total amount needed to reinvest in these buildings over the next decade is estimated to be $21.5 million dollars.
There are three facilities which stand out as needing repair sooner rather than later, Exhibition Sports Centre/Gymnastics building, Studio 2880 Gallery and the Kin III arena.
In the case of Studio 2880 Gallery, the report outlines a need for $1 million dollars to replace the exterior windows, and the interior lighting.
As for the Kin III arena, the report indicates “Areas that were not part of the 2011 renovation will require renewal i.e. doors, paint, and flooring. Rooftop exhaust fans and one rooftop make-up air unit require replacement. Dehumidifier needs replacement and upsize. ” The repairs and replacements have a price tag of $2..2 million .
Then there’s the Exhibition Sports Centre/Gymnastic building. The report says that facility needs: “Complete replacement of building envelope and windows . Spalling and cracks in the foundation. Severe deterioration in roof facia and supports. Ceiling panels show signs of water damage. A closer investigation of the roof should be conducted. Mechanical equipment needs replacement as well as the gas water heater. Replace electrical panels and update lighting.” The estimated cost for those repairs is $1.9 million.
Also on the agenda for this evening’s session, presentations from Theatre Northwest and the Community Arts Council.
The Community Arts Council is calling on Council to support four requests which include 5 year funding agreements with the major cultural organizations in the City ( Symphony, Theatre NorthWest and the Community Arts Council) and that those agreements have a built in 2.5-3.0% annual increase to reflect increases in the cost of living.