The pool to open January
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.’’
The Taumarunui Town Pool could be open again this summer.