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Roof peeled back on Sprinker; county awaits structural report assessing damage

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on Aug. 12, 2010 at 8:08 am with No Comments »
August 12, 2010 8:08 am

Contractors pulled back sections of Sprinker Recreation Center’s ailing roof on Wednesday to find out whether there’s structural damage underneath.

They hope to have an engineering report within days, Deputy County Executive Kevin Phelps told the County Council on Tuesday.

“We’ll know after that if there are structural problems,” he said.

County officials know the roof is corroded, and they’re hoping they can replace it without having to deal with structural problems in the building.

The existence of structural issues “is the least likely scenario,” Phelps said.

The county intends to spend roughly $6 million in improvements on the 34-year-old recreational building at Sprinker. It contains a popular ice arena, tennis courts and other recreational facilities.

County officials abandoned a much more ambitious plan for a major renovation that could have cost $34 million dollars in favor of scaled down fixes. That will allow the work to get done more quickly.

“If it’s a go,” Phelps said of the soon-to-come engineering report, “we’ll start developing plans and working on a schedule to get bids” for the work, Phelps said.

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