Vernon Rec Centre pool humidity plan on track

Greater Vernon Advisory Committee directors learned replacing the dehumidification system at the Vernon Rec Centre pool will start this fall

A problem that began in 1993 is being fixed.

Greater Vernon Advisory Committee directors were informed Thursday that the dehumidification system at the Vernon Rec Centre swimming pool will be replaced.

“Our plan is to take the existing unit, rebuild it and use it for the leisure pool,” said Regional District of North Okanagan acting facilities manager Jim Coughlin. “We’ll put a brand new unit on top of the staff room that was just built and that will be for the lap pool.”

Coughlin said he hopes work will start on both in the fall and be completed by the spring or summer of 2013.

Coughlin and administrator Trafford Hall pointed out to directors that the original system was undersized when the pool was built in 1993.

The unit was shut off because of expensive repairs needed to keep it running, but that led to roof and wall damage in the pool area.

Work on the walls will begin when the new units are in place.

Hall said directors will get a presentation in the fall on the history of what went wrong with the original system.

Repairs are likely to cost around $1.7 million, but Coughlin said things are on budget.

Tenders have gone out to put in a new heating system for the rec centre’s auditorium and Dogwood Gym. Existing heating lines have been ripped up and new rooftop units will be installed.

A storage room upgrade at the Dogwood has been completed.