Council hears pool update
The Aquatic Centre in Camrose, Alta. Ryan Stelter/Camrose Canadian
Sarah O. Swenson
Tenders for renovation work on the Camrose Aquatic Centre were set to close on April 4, but due to issues with electrical design and late additional coming in, the tender process was extended.
City council was informed during its regular April 2 meeting the new closing date for tenders is April 10.
“I’ve been told by the general contractors that they should be able to compile enough data to have a report for council by (April 16),” said general manager of community services Ryan Poole.
However, that leaves the contractors with some tight deadlines, unless council want to delay on a decision until its next meeting, May 7, which Poole cautioned could push the project a little far into construction season.
“Basically the longer we delay, the further we push any outdoor concrete, piling, and foundation work into winter construction,” said Poole, which could see costs increase.
Though tenders are still coming in, the estimate for the pool renovation sits at about $17 million.
The City recently hosted an open house tour of the current aquatic facility for contractors and tradespeople interested in the project. Forty representatives showed up for the tour.
“That is a good indication that there is strong interest and there was a handful of local trade in that group, too,” said Poole.
With a renovated facility capable of expanded services with increased staffing and possibly longer hours of operation, administration estimates it would see an increase of about $350,000 over its current budget hit. The increase would also include maintenance and operational costs.
Council will hear another update on the pool’s capital costs, operational costs, and funding options at its April 16 regular meeting.
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