Mosaic Place will soon have a new water filtration system.
© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
While presenting the 39th monthly update on Mosaic Place and Yara Centre at Monday’s council meeting, director of parks and recreation Jody Hauta said the city is reviewing the three water filtration systems proposed by HCL Construction to resolve water quality at the facility.
“The purpose of that would be to filter out the particulate matter before it comes into the facility and creates issues with mechanical equipment and sensors and boilers,” said Hauta. “In the very near future we will be moving forward with installing some sort of filtration system.”
The city will be responsible for costs associated with the installation of the filtration system.
Coun. Brian Swanson asked Hauta if a report to council would be required before the city issues tenders on the subject. Hauta noted that discussion would take place with new city manager Matt Noble.
“To me, if we’re going to be spending more money on the facility, then I think that that would require a report to council prior to the issuing of any tenders, especially when this is beyond the scope of the work that was initially envisioned,” said Swanson.
Noble said the city wouldn’t proceed with “any projects” before understanding it and providing an information report.
“Since I am relatively new to this project and not familiar with the problem at hand, I would ask that we be allowed to take the time to obtain the briefing and determine exactly what is entailed in delivering this project beyond what is stated (in Hauta’s update),” said Noble.
Swanson responded by stating he doesn’t believe it is a complex situation.
“The breakdown of the cast iron water pipes in Moose Jaw, which is a major issue for us, has particulate matter flowing through the water distribution system and this has bunged up the sensors and filters at the new facility,” said Swanson. “I’m sure there’s some people in Moose Jaw who’d like their water lines replaced in front of their street because they probably have the same water going into their house.”
Moreover, Hauta said HCL has installed two more rows of lighting in the curling rink at their cost to solve the issue of “inconsistent lighting.”
There is $281,492 remaining in the project contingency for outstanding issues.
“The last couple of months have been quite productive in terms of knocking off deficiency and warranty items,” said Hauta. “We continue to work with the contractor to address the final items that remain outstanding.”
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