Golden and District Arena to receive roof replacement

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The Golden and District Recreation Centre (the arena) will be getting a high-level renovation later this spring.

At the April 18 Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) regular board meeting, directors approved awarding the contract for the roof replacement to Laing Roofing from Vernon in the amount of $800,000 plus taxes.

Laing Roofing was awarded the contract after submitting the lowest price out of the five bidders. This is significantly less than the $1.2 million allocated for the roofing project in the CSRD’s 2019 five year financial plan. Capital reserve funds, in addition to short-term internal borrowing, will be used to finance the project.

In response to a question, Electoral Area A director Karen Cathcart told the board there was no company based in Golden that could do this type of roofing work.

In 2016, the roof on the facility was assessed by an engineer who noted the roof had met its life expectancy of 20 to 25 years and labelled its condition as fair. The Golden and District Arena was constructed in 1988, with additions in 1991 and 2004.

“At this time, the roof is the focus of this project,” said CSRD communications coordinator Tracy Hughes. “If there are other proposed works, they would have to come back through our office to be approved.”

Construction is planned to begin in the first week of May and is estimated for completion in mid-July 2019.

While construction is underway, dryland users will still be able to use the facility while the roof is being replaced. User groups who utilize the upstairs lounge will be able to continue doing so.

The arena is one of many buildings in the Town of Golden that urban and rural residents contribute toward. The cost-sharing model helps to ensure that facilities like the arena are able to receive funding when needed, and that aging infrastructure can be updated and maintained.

After the election in 2018, Golden and Area A agreed to include the Golden Municipal Swimming Pool the Golden Civic Centre, the Golden Seniors’ Centre, and the Mount 7 Rec Plex included in the shared services agreement.

Other services previously included in the agreement include the Golden Municipal Airport, the Golden and District Museum, the arena, Kicking Horse Culture, and many more.

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