City re­ceives sec­ond opin­ion on need for Me­mo­rial Cen­tre floor re­pairs

The Peterborough Examiner - - News - JOELLE KOVACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

The city has an­other opin­ion on whether the floor and ice pad rink of the Peter­bor­ough Me­mo­rial Cen­tre needs to be re­placed — but that opin­ion isn’t be­ing shared with the pub­lic yet.

Rip­ping out the PMC floor and re­plac­ing it would dis­place the Peter­bor­ough Cen­tury 21 Lak­ers lacrosse team for its en­tire sea­son next year, and team of­fi­cials said it would cost fans and spon­sors to a dev­as­tat­ing de­gree.

So in early Septem­ber, city coun­cil voted to get an­other con­sul­tant’s opin­ion be­fore hir­ing a con­struc­tion firm to tear up the floor and be­gin the $3.5-mil­lion re­place­ment in June.

Coun­cil­lors de­cided in Septem­ber that if the new opin­ion is con­sis­tent with the ear­lier as­sess­ments ob­tained by the city — that the floor needs re­place­ment — the plan will be fol­lowed with­out fur­ther coun­cil de­bate.

But if other op­tions are un­cov­ered, those are ex­pected to be re­ported to coun­cil.

At a meet­ing on Dec. 3, coun­cil­lors can ex­pect to dis­cuss a new opin­ion they’ve re­cently re­ceived.

That much was con­firmed by city com­mu­nity ser­vices com­mis­sioner Al­lan Seabrooke, who also said a city staff re­port on the mat­ter will be re­leased Nov. 29.

But that’s all he’d say.

“Sorry, but I do not want any­thing re­ported un­til coun­cil sees the re­port,” wrote Seabrooke in an email to The Ex­am­iner on Tues­day.

The cost for the opin­ion was ex­pected to be $6,000. The Ex­am­iner has learned that a Toronto en­gi­neer­ing firm called En­tu­itive was hired to sup­ply the opin­ion.

Calls to the con­sul­tants weren’t re­turned by dead­line Tues­day.

Mean­while Tim Bar­rie, who has rep­re­sented the se­nior and ju­nior Lak­ers, and Peter­bor­ough Petes pres­i­dent Dave Pogue both con­firmed to The Ex­am­iner they’ve re­ceived copies of the En­tu­itive re­port.

But they didn’t share de­tails on Tues­day, say­ing they’ve been asked to keep the re­port con­fi­den­tial un­til Nov. 29.

Bar­rie and Pogue also said they were present, along with city staff mem­bers, when En­tu­itive con­sul­tants in­spected the PMC floor and its sup­ports.

Nearly two years ago, city staff no­ticed spalling and cracks in one area of the con­crete foun­da­tion wall be­neath the ice sur­face.

On the ad­vice of at least two struc­tural en­gi­neer­ing firms, coun­cil con­sid­ered re­plac­ing the PMC floor in the sum­mer of 2018 — but that would have dis­placed the Lak­ers in a year when they are el­i­gi­ble to host the Mann Cup (which they hosted and won).

So coun­cil planned to do the work in the sum­mer of 2019, in­stead.

The plan had been to start the floor re­place­ment in June for com­ple­tion Nov. 1, which was ex­pected to de­lay home games for the Peter­bor­ough Petes for a few weeks into their 2019-20 sea­son.

But be­fore that plan was rat­i­fied at a meet­ing on Sept. 11, Bar­rie urged coun­cil to seek an­other opin­ion on whether a sim­ple re­pair could be done on the floor rather than a full re­place­ment.

A year-long dis­place­ment could sink the Lak­ers fi­nan­cially, Bar­rie said. “It could be catas­trophic,” Bar­rie said at the time. “If we do sur­vive, it will take years to build back up.”

More de­tails on the En­tu­itive re­port will be on­line Nov. 29 at www.city.peter­bor­ough.on.ca

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