The pool to open Jan­uary

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

The Ruapehu Dis­trict Coun­cil has de­cided it will open the Tau­marunui Town Pool this sum­mer, if it can.

The fate of the Tau­marunui pub­lic pool will have to wait un­til fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­taken but the coun­cil hopes to have it open by mid to late Jan­uary next year.

Coun­cil mem­bers had ear­lier de­cided to close the pool for sum­mer while it de­cided on its longterm fu­ture. Re­pairs have now been ap­proved depend­ing on the out­come of the ex­ploratory work.

Mayor Don Cameron said if the dam­age was costly, then the pool might stay closed.

The es­ti­mated cost for re­pairs is $35,000. An in­sur­ance claim was turned down due to lack of ev­i­dence that the Kaik­oura earth­quake last year had caused the dam­age.

Group man­ager com­mu­nity ser­vices, Mar­garet Hawthorne said main­te­nance of pools was a tricky busi­ness.

‘‘We can open it all up and get the con­trac­tor to say, ‘yes we can fix it’ and ‘yes we can guar­an­tee it’ or ‘no you shouldn’t’ [try fix­ing it].’’

Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Clive Man­ley said the coun­cil wasn’t pre­vi­ously aware of the im­pact

that the clo­sure would have on schools.

‘‘Dur­ing the long term de­bate we can de­cide if you want to up­grade it.’’

PHOTO: FRANCES FER­GU­SON/STUFF

The Tau­marunui Town Pool could be open again this sum­mer.

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