Mosaic Place is getting a water filtration system.
At a cost of $42,000 from the contingency funding for the multiplex, council decided to authorize administration to design, supply and install a water filtration system at Monday’s meeting.
“You do the best you can when you do something initially and then all of a sudden something comes back to haunt you or comes back and needs to be fixed and we’re in a situation like that,” said Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick. “If we didn’t go ahead with this, I really think we would end up with a cost budget in excess of $42,000 sometime in the future.”
According to a report by Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation, during the construction of Mosaic Place, water, storm and sanitary sewer lines needed to be rerouted and the capacity of the lines was increased to meet the building’s needs.
His report stated the changes likely increased water flow around the building that caused “further deterioration to the cast iron water lines, and resulting in particles/sediment flowing into the building.”
While Coun. Don Mitchell stated he would support the implementation of the system, he added he doesn’t “understand how this becomes isolated to Mosaic Place.”
In response, Hauta said the issue isn’t related to “safety or drinking water quality.”
“It’s more with regards to the mechanical equipment within the building and protecting the mechanical equipment within the building,” he said. “The water filtration system that we’re putting in is about filtering out the sediment and the issues that are related to creating issues with the sensors and the mechanical equipment.”
Those particles have affected mechanical equipment sensors, plugged up heat exchangers and boilers and seized valves and pumps. Part of the problem is also high iron and manganese content.
Because the system wasn’t part of the initial project design, HCL isn’t responsible for the installation, but the city is. There is $270,530 remaining in the project contingency.
However, with a warranty period that is “long up,” Coun. Brian Swanson said multiplex projects don’t follow normal procedures.
“There’s just this piggybank money left because there was a contingency account for this project, two or three years later it still gets to go to that piggybank every time it thinks it needs money,” he said. “If it were to follow the same course of action as any other project in the city that is past its warranty period, it would have to go to the capital budget process and be prioritized against other items.”
Coun. Dawn Luhning said she understands the need to fix the problem at the facility.
“What’s unfortunate about this item is that it makes me wonder if there would’ve been a further and more thorough investigation done at that location when this location was picked for Mosaic if something like this could’ve been avoided,” she said. “When these kinds of things come up it makes me wonder if we’re going to be continuing to add costs for unknowns on a facility that is extensive for the community.”
Coun. Patrick Boyle said the system is “protecting a fairly large investment.”
The motion was passed with only Swanson and Luhning opposed.
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