North Cowichan to apply for $1.7-million grant for new roof at Cowichan Aquatic Centre – Cowichan Valley Citizen

North Cowichan hopes a government grant from a program designed to help communities deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will cover the entire cost of a new roof at the Cowichan Aquatic Center.

At its January 20 meeting, the council gave employees the go-ahead to apply for approximately $ 1.7 million, which would cover the entire cost of the roof replacement, from the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, which is part of the investment in Canada there is an infrastructure program.

The program was developed in response to the impact of COVID-19 on communities across the province.

Don Stewart, the community’s director of parks and recreation, said the roof of the CAC should reach the end of its useful life by 2022.

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“As a result, this project should be replaced under the 2022 capital budget plan, with funding coming from a combination of general revenue and facility reserve funds,” he said.

“In July 2020, the council was informed that the province and the Canadian government have teamed up to develop the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream. As the CAC roof replacement is the type of project supported under the CVRIS, the staff has prioritized the development of ready-to-build documents and a likely cost analysis that would be required for the grant application. “

Stewart said funding under this program is available up to 100 percent of the eligible project cost. The selected projects must start by January 27, 2021 and be completed by December 31, 2021.

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When the CAC, also owned by the City of Duncan and built only 13 years ago, Coun. Rosalie Sawrie asked the staff why the roof of the CAC had to be completely replaced after a short time.

CAO Ted Swabey said aquatic environments are harsh for steel structures.

“As in many other water centers, we have to replace our roof before we have the life we ​​expected,” he said.

A major upgrade and expansion of the CAC for USD 2.8 million, which began in June, was only completed earlier this month. Major funding for this project came from a $ 2.4 million grant from the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

If the grant application is successful, roof replacement funding will only be the last state funding North Cowichan received to help manage the financial impact of COVID-19.

The community learned in November that it would receive $ 4.4 million from the province’s COVID-19 Safe Reboot Program to help local governments offset the costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This has helped North Cowichan forecast a potential tax hike of just 2.31 percent in 2021, well below the more than seven percent increase believed possible in June after assessing the full impact of the pandemic on the community has been.

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