Dunedin City Council is set to spend almost $20,000 on the
leaky Portobello jetty pontoon before it knows what is
causing the problem.
The listing pontoon was towed into the Birch St wharf in
Dunedin by Port Otago workboat Kapu yesterday as part of an
attempt to get to the bottom of the problem. This is after
holes began appearing in the $382,000 jetty soon after it was
opened in 2012 and the failure of underwater repair attempts.
Council parks operations officer Richard Dahlenburg said
transportation of the pontoon to and from Portobello,
consultancy work, advice and cleaning and testing of the
pontoon were expected to cost the council $19,650.
This figure did not include the cost of repairing the
pontoon, as the extent of the problem was not yet known.
Otago Peninsula Community Board chairwoman Christine Garey
said the amount being spent on the pontoon was alarming,
given the initial cost of the asset.
However, she acknowledged council staff had done all they
could to keep repair costs down and initially to ensure the
pontoon was well built.
''These things do happen in the marine environment,'' she
said. She hoped the work would be covered by insurance.
It was pleasing the council planned to have a fixed pontoon
back at the jetty by the beginning of October, in time for
the busy summer boating season.