Re-tiling pool could cost public time, money

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - MIKE BAIN

‘‘Ad­vice was given to coun­cil that the ex­ist­ing pool has a life of 20 more years. ’’

Cold weather caused dam­age to the tiles in the out­door swim­ming pool at the Swim Zone in Mata­mata.

But it looks like hot weather is go­ing to cause a de­lay in re­pair­ing it.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil spokesper­son Manaia Te Wi­ata said dur­ing the 2015 re­fur­bish­ment, the out­door tiles were ex­posed to ex­tremely cold weather.

This de­te­ri­o­rated the sur­face of the tiles and made it a safety haz­ard.

As a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion a resin was ap­plied to the sur­face of the tiles to keep the pool op­er­a­ble un­til a long term so­lu­tion can be found.

The coun­cil has looked into a num­ber of op­tions, one of which was to retile the en­tire pool.

Four ten­ders were re­ceived with only one in the fi­nan­cial scope of $295,188.81 but coun­cil made the de­ci­sion not to ac­cept it as more in­for­ma­tion was re­ceived.

A rec­om­men­da­tion was made to coun­cil­lors to ac­cept the ten­der from Fletcher Con­struc­tion for the re­fur­bish­ment work but this was lost in a 5/4 vote by coun­cil­lors who are look­ing for al­ter­na­tive op­tions and will re-ten­der the work with more flex­i­bil­ity on com­ple­tion time.

For re-tiling to take place it would mean the pool would have to be emp­tied to com­plete.

A time frame has to be agreed where the clo­sure of the pool would cause the least amount of dis­rup­tion to the public and also al­low the work to be com­pleted with cur­ing time for ad­he­sives to work suc­cess­fully.

Coun­cil­lors have favoured the ap­pli­ca­tion of aquabright which has a thermo poly­mer fin­ish.

Ques­tions are also be­ing asked if there was any li­a­bil­ity on the part of the con­trac­tor for the dam­age that oc­curred dur­ing the up­grade in 2015.

The coun­cil is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the po­ten­tial of risk around emp­ty­ing the pool and dam­age to the tiles caused by cold weather.

Ad­vice was given to coun­cil that the ex­ist­ing pool has a life of 20 more years.

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