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Nelson aquatic centre tiles cleared for removal

The issue of falling tiles was considered serious enough for the RDCK to call a rare press conference. Those providing local media with answers were (L-R) rec commission member from the City of Nelson Deb Kozak, RDCK CEO Brian Carruthers, rec commission chair Ramona Faust  and general manager of community services at the NDCC Joe Chirco. - Kirsten Hildebrand photo
The issue of falling tiles was considered serious enough for the RDCK to call a rare press conference. Those providing local media with answers were (L-R) rec commission member from the City of Nelson Deb Kozak, RDCK CEO Brian Carruthers, rec commission chair Ramona Faust and general manager of community services at the NDCC Joe Chirco.
— image credit: Kirsten Hildebrand photo

A sample from a ceiling tile that fell into the pool at the Nelson and District Community Complex pool has been tested and does not contain asbestos, the Regional District of Central Kootenay announced Thursday.

While further testing for hazardous materials is required in order to proceed with full demolition of the partially collapsed ceiling in the pool area, the RDCK can now proceed with plans to undertake repairs at the Aquatic Centre. Because the tiles don't contain asbestos, work will cost less to complete.

“This is positive news in a week that hasn’t been very positive for anyone at the NDCC,” said Joe Chirico, General Manager of Community Services. “We still have a lot of work to do and we are keenly aware of the impact this closure is having on our staff, our clients and our community.”

After ceiling tiles fell into the pool area on January 28, the RDCK completed an initial assessment of the ceiling and has determined that the roof structure and the building itself are structurally sound. The RDCK is now working on a plan to remove the problem ceiling.

The pool including the sauna, steam room and hot tub at the NDCC will remain closed for an undetermined period until the ceiling is removed and necessary renovations completed.

The fitness centre including the change rooms and ice arena remain open. Program cancellations are as follows: Pool user groups — all bookings until March 31st are cancelled. Program registrants - all aquatic programs are cancelled for the remainder of the winter session or until March 31, including spring break. Depending upon the program, customers may receive a pro-rated or a full refund of registration fees. Pass holders -—the RDCK is developing a plan to address current pass holders by February 7, and will incorporate the closure period into that plan.

Anyone with questions about refunds can phone the NDCC Customer Service Desk beginning February 1 at 250-354-4386 or email NelsonRec@rdck.bc.ca

 

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