DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Residents of Uxbridge will be waiting slightly longer for a new aquatic centre following recent 2014 municipal budget deliberations.
Amanda Ferraro, the township’s Manager of Recreation, Culture and Tourism explained to councillors that the proposed new pool will be pushed back until at least 2016 during budget discussions on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Ms. Ferraro also gave the township’s current pool high grades and added that it should continue to serve the community well in the coming years.
"The pool itself is very lovely, and has had numerous upgrades in recent years. It’s the building that we’re worried about. It’s the concrete blocks that are the issue for replacement," explained Ms. Ferraro. "We’re comfortable pushing back another year and seeing where we’re at."
Ms. Ferraro added that an assessment study is forthcoming to determine the lifespan of the current pool at a cost of $11,000. A 2008 study indicated the facility could sustain for at least another decade.
Township CAO Ingrid Svelnis explained that another issue with funding the proposed new pool is coinciding with potential government grants to offset construction costs.
"The challenge with the pool has been that we’re looking at getting a grant for $8 million, but that might not happen until 2018. It’s a matter of finding that trigger point," said Ms. Svelnis.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor was in favour of keeping the new aquatic centre on the books for the 2016 budget in the hopes that additional government funding becomes available to the municipality.
"I’d keep the pool in 2016, at least then we have something there is money comes available. I agree that the pool itself isn’t the issue, it’s the brick and mortar around it."
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