Coun­cil floored by cost of car­pet­ing

New car­pet­ing for con­ven­tion cen­tre proves con­tro­ver­sial

Penticton Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By KEITH LACEY

Spend­ing $380,000 to re­place the car­pet­ing in­side the Pen­tic­ton Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre proved to be, by far, the most con­tentious is­sue as Pen­tic­ton coun­cil on Tues­day ap­proved $4.8 mil­lion in cap­i­tal projects for 2019.

Fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Bregje Kozak told coun­cil more than 70,000 square feet of car­pet­ing in­side the PTCC needs to be re­placed as much of it is tat­tered and torn after 20 years of heavy traf­fic.

“We’ve tried Band-Aids over the past cou­ple of years to try to make sure that it’s safe, but it’s be­yond its life cy­cle,” Kozak said. “We also have to con­tinue to mod­ern­ize that build­ing.”

Up­grad­ing the PTCC car­pet­ing has been “on the books” since 2011, and con­tin­u­ally hir­ing con­trac­tors to patch things up each year has be­come ex­pen­sive, she said.

Mayor John Vas­si­laki said the car­pet­ing doesn’t look worn to him and for­warded a mo­tion, which was even­tu­ally de­feated, that would have de­layed the project for a cou­ple of years.

Al­most $1 mil­lion has been spent in re­cent years to up­grade the heat­ing sys­tem and roof at the PTCC, and more up­grades are needed to en­sure the fa­cil­ity con­tin­ues to gen­er­ate big busi­ness for the city, said Kozak.

Vas­si­laki said spend­ing $380,000 on car­pet­ing is hard to sup­port when he be­lieves the money could be spent on more im­por­tant projects.

Coun. Jake Kim­ber­ley said his big­gest con­cern with the car­pet­ing in­side the PTCC is pos­si­ble lit­i­ga­tion should some­one trip and be­come in­jured.

Other cap­i­tal re­quests among the 18 put for­ward by staff for ap­proval ahead of bud­get de­lib­er­a­tions next year in­clude $350,000 to be­gin draw­ing up plans to re­place the dated HVAC sys­tem and west-fac­ing win­dows at City Hall. The job is ex­pected to cost a to­tal of $1.5 mil­lion when it’s com­pleted in 2020.

Kozak said in a fol­lowup email the sin­glepane win­dows and HVAC sys­tem are orig­i­nal to the build­ing.

Coun­cil also ap­proved $500,000 to re­place the roof on Me­mo­rial Arena, the fu­ture of which is un­cer­tain as its con­ver­sion to a dryfloor fa­cil­ity was rec­om­mended by the arena task force.

“Even if the fu­ture of the build­ing is un­cer­tain as an ice arena or some­thing else like a field house, the roof still needs to be re­paired,” Kozak said in the fol­lowup email.

“This is a project that has been put off since 2013 due to uncer­tainty of its fu­ture. We are cur­rently com­plet­ing arch re­pairs and need to pro­tect our in­vest­ment by mak­ing sure we have a proper roof sys­tem in place.”

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