The city is going to consider just how far their already budgeted $11 million will go towards upgrades to the Leisure Centre before a decision will be made on the future of the project.
With structural damage expected to push the cost of the project at least $3.2 million over budget, the city wants to weigh their options. Councillor Lorne Radbourne says it’s still important that the aquatics needs of the community are met, but perhaps not at this cost.
“I do think that we have to be somewhat open minded. We do have a budget and I think and extra 3 or 4 million, even as a supporter of the Leisure Centre, is not something that I would approve in the middle of a budget year”
Radbourne says that would be a decision better made this fall. Meanwhile, administration will look at just how far the current budget will go, how much of it has already been allocated for aquatics work, and other options for meeting the community’s aquatic needs as identified in last year’s Aquatic Needs Assessment Survey.