City hall is going ahead with repairs to the Sherbrook Pool – regardless of any plans the province might have for the inner city facility.
Mayor Sam Katz said that contrary to repeated statements by the civic administration, the city will issue tenders for the repairs to the pool’s roof, supporting columns, and its electrical and heating and ventilation systems.
"We have the money to do what is essential to get that pool open and we’ll be proceeding post-haste with getting those tenders out," Katz said this morning.
The Sherbrook pool was shuttered in the fall of 2012 after city officials were concerned the roof would collapse because the supporting columns were unstable.
Administration wanted the pool closed permanently, citing it wasn’t worth spending the $1.7 million to save the facility.
Though the project wasn’t included in the 2014 budget, Katz and Coun. Harvey Smith cobbled some civic
However, some money was found in the 2014 budget towards the necessary repair work and the Kinsmen contributed the remaining $1 million.
However, planning director Barry Thorgrimson said the city would not call for construction tenders until the province formally announced its plans for the pool.
Katz said Thorgrimson was mistaken and the city wasn’t waiting for the province and will proceed with the basic repairs.
Katz said the province may yet have plans for additional enhancements or improvements to the pool but that’s no reason to delay the basic repairs that can be done immediately.
"We do not need to wait for anything to issue tenders and I hope that clears it up," Katz said.
Officials said the repairs should be completed by the end of 2015, with an official re-opening in January 2016.