Curling Centre AAP

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At its March 4, 2014 meeting, the Comox Valley sports centre commission approved gaining electoral approval for funding the Comox Valley curling centre upgrades at a project cost of $1.9 million by conducting an alternate approval process (AAP).

BACKGROUND

Over the past several years a peer committee, comprising Comox Valley Curling Club Society representatives and Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) staff, have worked together on viable options for the aging curling club facility that opened in 1958. Alternatives range from remaining with the status quo, to renovation of part or all of the current facility, to construction of an entirely new building.

The main components of the curling centre’s refrigeration plant are over 50 years old. Portions of the refrigeration plant have deteriorated to the point of requiring replacement. The supporting services, including equipment change rooms, offices, sports shop, kitchen, meeting rooms, banquet hall and viewing lounges are also inefficient and in need of updating.

In January 2013, RDH Building Engineer Ltd. presented the results of a feasibility study to the committee of the whole that shows certain aspects of the facility and its equipment are well beyond their life expectancy and are in need of replacement; some urgently.

An October 2013 Meyers Norris Penny LLP (MNP) independent review of the Comox Valley curling centre options provided in the RDH report recommended further environmental and cost reviews.  Staff have acted upon those recommendations.

KEY CONSIDERATIONS

It is timely to conduct the curling rink renovations due to the deteriorating condition of the facility.Several options have been reviewed, identified and considered – from scouting a new location and constructing a new facility, renovating, or leaving as is. The option to renovate the curling rink and perform minimum work to the supporting services at an estimate of $1.9 million, has been considered most cost-effective.

The recommendation that were considered from the MNP report were the following three options and estimated costs:

  1. Renovate curling rink and perform minimum work to the supporting services ($1.9 million)
  2. Renovate the curling rink and support services ($5.2 million)
  3. Renovate the curling rink and build new support services ($7.2 million)

Should the project gain elector approval, borrowed funds will be paid back through tax requisition, which is estimated to be $0.0138 per $1,000. For a property assessed at $300,000 the lax levy impact for the curling centre project would be $4.14 per year per household.

NEXT STEPS

  1. March 18, 2014 – board gives three readings to Bylaw No. 327; bylaw submitted for ministry approval
  2. May 2, 2014 and May 9, 2014 – public notices placed in local newspapers to inform residents that the alternate approval process has begun
  3. June 13, 2014 – deadline for electoral response forms to be submitted to the CVRD
  4. June 24, 2014 – follow up staff report reporting alternate approval results to board; adoption of Bylaw No. 327 pending AAP outcome
  5. July 30, 2014 – August 30, 2014 – RFP process for consulting services
  6. October 1, 2014 – November 5, 2014 – scope of project developed
  7. November 10, 2014 – December 16, 2014 – project tender process
  8. January 2015 – sports centre commission recommends contract award; board approves contract award
  9. April 2015 – upgrades begin following close of curling season (five months)
  10. October 2015 – upgrades complete for start of 2015/2016 curling season