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Friday August 14th, 2015

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After being open for 19 months, the Family Aquatic Complex Steering Committee is be asked to approve $439,000 in repairs and improvements for the facility.

A report to the committee says that that improvements need to be made to the slide tower.  The stair treads are starting to wear on the outer edges.  It is recommended to place vinyl tread covers in the stairs to fix the problem permanently.  Damage was also made to the paint finish of the slide tower when the conveyor was installed.  A touch up job has not worked and it needs to be cleaned, primed and have two coats of paint to seal the metal of the tower.  That is estimated to cost $20,000.

Several security improvements are proposed including more cameras and better lighting on the south side of the building facing the LCBO where there have been issues of people asking those who park in the lot for handouts.  Better cameras will also be placed outside the change rooms where there have been issues of theft.  Aligning cameras, adjusting security gates and additional viewing monitors are all part of planned improvements.   Total cost is estimated to be $30,000.

An external video screen and art structure is proposed at an estimated cost of $250,000. The screen would go on the south east corner of the building facing down Chatham Street.  An art form structure would be built on the west side of the building.  This would also be able to hold temporary banners for coming events.

The purchase of a new boom lift is recommended to save the city from renting one when it is needed for repairs and events.  The cost would be $40,000.

Other proposed changes include a reconfiguration of the reception desk to better suit needs of the building at a cost of $40,000, changes to the flooring to a darker colour in areas to minimize the showing of wear and tear and to provide better directional flow will cost $19,000, an underwater training camera would cost $20,000 and additional exercise equipment for the fitness centre would cost $20,000.

The expenses for the proposed changes would come from the $550,000 surplus from the original building construction.  If all are approved it will still leave $111,000 remaining.

Once all the work has been carried out, administration plans to recommend the money be used as seed money for a new reserve for maintenance and upgrades to the building down the road.

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