Petrolia buildings need $4.76 million in upgrades in next 10 years


Biggest project is $800K studio at The Centre


The Town of Petrolia needs to spend $4.765 million over the next 10 years on its buildings and structures. That’s according to a report done by Dave Menzies, the director of facilities and community services.

The report, released to council March 29, details repairs on everything from the Greenwood Recreation Centre, to the dugouts at ball diamonds around the town and washroom facilities in parks.

The town will spend the most money, $1.267 million, at the 10-year old Oil Heritage District Community Centre. The report shows a long list of upgrades including an $800,000 studio addition with change rooms slated to be built in 2018.

A parking lot expansion is planned in 2019 for $30,000 and the floor in the gym and wellness centre are planned to be replaced in 2020 for $110,000.

A significant investment also needs to be made at the Bright’s Grove Water Treatment plant.

About $703,000 should be spent there to upgrade the facility according to a report prepared for the town by CIMA.

Town Hall also requires about $653,000 over 10 years including a $153,000 investment in 2017 which includes a $15,000 reconfiguration of the council dias.

The Greenwood Recreation Centre also requires an infusion of cash with $616,000 being proposed. That would include a two-year project starting in 2018 to replace the arena boards at a cost of $190,000.

The plan also calls for $32,000 to be spent upgrading the dressing rooms and washrooms starting in 2018.

The Buildings and Structures plan also calls for $80,000 to be used starting this year to replace the dugouts in the local baseball diamonds.

Also in the report, the recommendation to remove a number of buildings past their use including the storage sheds and the washrooms no longer in use on the east side of Bridgeview Park near the baseball diamonds.

The Independent requested an interview with Menzies and CAO Manny Baron on the plans but were told since council had tabled the report, they would not answer media questions.