Pool repairs illustrate need for asset planning
Discussion about a major leak at Centennial Pool in Stayner and accessibility renovations at the township’s community halls only served to emphasize why an asset management plan is needed following a staff presentation to council on June 24.
Clearview’s Deputy Treasurer Kelly McDonald described the Asset Management Roadmap as a big picture planning tool to effectively assess the lifecycle of all township assets, and plan for their upkeep and eventual replacement if necessary.
“It will save us a lot of money and a lot of pain,” said McDonald.
CAO Steve Sage said the toughest decision facing council will be the community halls.
Mayor Doug Measures commented that the halls are assets and should be treated as such.
Earlier that day it was discovered a pipe repair was needed at the 52-year old outdoor pool and would be closed until mid-July while it is repaired. General manager of Parks, Culture and Recreation Terry Vachon said council should be aware that some “major work” will be needed in the future.
“Municipalities were required to develop and implement an Asset Management Plan prior to December 31, 2016”, reported treasurer Edward Henley. “The Province passed Ontario Regulation 588/17: Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure in December 2017. It set out standards required to be met including a Strategic Asset Management Policy. The standards for this policy went beyond prior best practices and it is required for each municipality to have an up to date policy in place prior to July 1.”
(Note, the pool re-opened July 11.)