Town council adds pool project to next year’s capital budget

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Vulcan Town council has agreed to include almost $3 million in the 2019 capital budget for the replacement of the swimming pool.

The budgeted estimate for the project, excluding project management, is $2,978,078.

Council had included a budget of $3 million for the new pool in the Town’s five-year capital plan, but now has a more detailed cost breakdown of the project after the Vulcan and District Recreation Committee’s review and the request-for-proposals process.

The list of “anticipated project expenses” included in council’s information package for the Oct. 9 meeting was to be included with the Vulcan Lions Club’s application for a Communities Facility Enhancement Program grant from the Alberta government.

Demolishing and disposal of the current pool, and construction of a new pool, as well as spray features, shade canopies and waterslides, is anticipated to cost $1.5 million. Demolishing, removing and disposing of the service building is expected to cost $63,000 while the cost of constructing a new building is anticipated to cost $1 million.


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Other costs include the construction of a hot tug ($105,000), swim spa ($97,000), water work ($38,000), electrical work ($43,000), gas work ($32,000), perimeter fencing ($75,000) and office equipment ($25,000).

The Town of Vulcan will be responsible for securing short-term funding for construction, as the project is a Town capital project. All funds raised for the project through grants or fundraising will be applied to the debt.

“Any balance remaining could be addressed through the Vulcan and District Recreation Agreement and shared by both the Town and the County” of Vulcan, reads a report to council.

Council also agreed at its Oct. 9 meeting to enter into a contract with Tango to provide project management services for the pool project. The cost of providing that service is quoted to be $136,000 in the list of anticipated project expenses.

Colliers International submitted a slightly lower overall cost for the project, due to a lower rate during the design and construction, wrote Bonnie Ellis, the Town’s community services manager.

“This raised concerns that less time would be committed to these important phases in the process,” she wrote in a report to council. Tango, on the other hand, provided a consistent monthly rate throughout the project, Ellis added.

“It was also noted that the Colliers projects were very large in scale, while Tango appeared to be more local and comparable sized with Picture Butte and Cochrane,” said Ellis.

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