Li­brary bud­get goes through roof

South Waikato News - - Agribusiness - LUKE KIRKEBY

The South Waikato District Coun­cil has gone al­most $18,000 over a $50,000 bud­get to fix Pu­taruru’s Jim How­land Ser­vice Cen­tre.

The cen­tre, which houses the Pu­taruru Li­brary, was need­ing ur­gent re­pair work to its leak­ing roof and the coun­cil agreed to pro­vide $50,000 of un-bud­geted fund­ing ear­lier this year.

Mid­way into the project un­fore­seen prob­lems arose, in­clud­ing sig­nif­i­cant wet weather, re­sult­ing in more work and time.

The dis­cov­ery of a sec­ond leak re­quired the ridges of the roof to be re­placed at an ad­di­tional cost of $5175. Paint­ing had to be put on hold due to heavy rain which meant scaf­fold­ing was in place longer cost­ing an ad­di­tional $9066 more than the $13, 915 ex­pected.

Once pain­ters be­gan their work they dis­cov­ered a pre­vi­ous painter had painted over rust and flak­ing paint. Rather than just paint­ing over it per­mis­sion was given to strip the rust and flak­ing paint back to bare iron. Strip­ping and prepa­ra­tion cost an ex­tra $5600.

In to­tal the ad­di­tional work and longer scaf­fold­ing hire came to $19,840 which brought the over­all project cost to $67,823. That meant an ad­di­tional $17,823 in fund­ing was needed.

South Waikato District Coun­cil group as­sets man­ager Ted An­der­son asked coun­cil­lors to sign off the ad­di­tional fund­ing dur­ing the coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity and As­sets Com­mit­tee meet­ing on Thurs­day.

No ques­tions were asked by the coun­cil­lors as to why the is­sues were not found be­fore the project be­gan how­ever fear­ing grow­ing costs they had pressed staff in past meet­ings as to when the project would be com­pleted.

Pu­taruru ward coun­cil­lor Her­man van Rooi­jen said the ex­tra fund­ing was worth it as it en­sured the job was done prop­erly.

‘‘I must say I’m pleased the job was done prop­erly. That build­ing is an icon in Pu­taruru and it will safe­guard it for quite a num­ber of years,’’ he said.

‘‘I think it is money well spent.’’

JOHN KIRK-AN­DER­SON/ STUFF

Al­most $18,000 ex­tra on top of a $50,000 bud­get has been spent on fix­ing the Pu­taruru Li­brary roof.

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