Council floored by cost of carpeting
New carpeting for convention centre proves controversial
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.”