Repair of grandstand to cost $30,000
What should happen with the Dannevirke grandstand?
Tararua ratepayers may stump up $30,000 to repair the Dannevirke Domain grandstand, which is well below building code standards.
Tararua District councillors will debate at a meeting in Dannevirke today whether the grandstand should be strengthened.
Built in 1935, the grandstand has been declared an earthquake-prone building because it does not reach 34 per cent of the building code.
It was estimated to reach between 8 per cent and 15 per cent.
A seismic testing report from Beca engineering consultants gave the grandstand an E grade, meaning someone was 25 times more at risk than if they were in a building at 100 per cent compliance.
The report said strengthening work had been done before, but it was unclear when. The work consisted of a reinforced concrete frame and some columns at two corners of the building.
Councillors have been given three options - strengthen to about 34 per cent of the code, strengthen to 67 per cent of the code, or do nothing.
Not strengthening could see the grounds used less, the report said.
"This means [council] will still have fixed costs for maintaining the grounds, but likely to have significantly less usage."
Improving the grandstand to 34 per cent of code could cost up to $30,000.
Dannevirke Athletics and Harrier Club spokeswoman Lisa Galloway said the club used the grandstand for storing equipment and would be stuck without the space.
A cricket club also used the grandstand for storage, and would need to find somewhere else to store gear if the grandstand was not able to be used, she said.
While the grandstand could be prone to vandalism, she hoped it would be repaired.
"It would be a big blow for us if it did come down."
The Dannevirke Junior Football Club was looking at using the grounds and grandstand more in the future, chairman Barry Ellingham said.
He had asked the council if the grandstand was safe, but was unaware it was earthquake-prone.
In July, the Sanson grandstand was demolished after the Manawatu District Council decided it would not spend $465,000 rebuilding it.
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