The outdoor track at the Davidson Centre will finally be resurfaced, but not in the way the municipality had planned.
The municipality had put the track resurfacing project out for tender earlier this month, but only received one response, from Sportica Inc. for $307,360 including HST. The quote was well above the budget of $178,080 for the work, which included removing the current asphalt and laying down a new one-inch layer of asphalt around the track.
Last Wednesday, during Kincardine’s council meeting, recreation director Karen Kieffer said Sportica offered up an alternative, less costly solution – to lay a rubberized surface over the existing track, rather than resurfacing it. The cost would be $167,240 and the product would come with a three-year guarantee. Kieffer said staff met with representatives from BM Ross and Lavis Construction, who took a look at the track and provided their professional opinions.
“They felt that the track is structurally sound and we will have a good product in the end,” she said.
Kieffer added that the representative from BM Ross had walked on a rubberized track in Goderich that had been installed in 2006 and said it was still in near perfect condition. The track at the Davidson Centre was installed 25 years ago and was resurfaced approximately a decade ago.
“We’ve been going around and around on this one,” said councillor Maureen Couture, “and the solution proposed is a reasonable one.”
Mayor Larry Kraemer said he would like to see the rubberized product used. Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke said the Sportica Inc. is a well established company and has been chosen to install sports surfaces for the 2015 Pan Am Games in