County gives preliminary approval for RECC dehumidification upgrade

Colchester County council has given preliminary approval to cost-share a $532,000 dehumidification upgrade at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC).

The decision by council committee, which will see the county pay just over $319,000 plus HST, will need to be ratified at the general council meeting at the end of the month.

The Town of Truro unanimously agreed to fund their share of the work earlier this month, and the work is expected to be finished by June.

Capital work at the RECC is split 60/40 between the county and town, with operating costs paid 50/50.

A study by engineering firm MCW Maricor found the RECC's current dehumidification systems are under capacity for its size and utilization.

Truro CAO Mike Dolter says excessive moisture in the arena during days of higher temperature and humidity creates fog over the ice and condensation on safety panes, which has led to the cancellation of some events.

Compounding the issue, Dolter says, is evidence of premature deterioration of systems throughout the building.