Questions about renovations
Marystown acting chief administrative officer Mike Walsh, meanwhile, sought to clarify some misinformation making the rounds on social media last Tuesday about the town hall renovations.
Walsh pointed out the final cost of the work is unknown yet but will come in somewhere between $1.5 million to $2 million. The town’s portion of that will be 20 per cent or approximately $300,000 to $400,000, he said.
“The fact of the matter is this renovation should have been done years and years and years ago,” he said.
Walsh noted people have also been saying online that the cost of furniture for the building was between $80,000 to $100,000. The amount is actually closer to $40,000, he said.
“Virtually every piece of office furniture that we had in this building was reused,” Walsh said.
Furniture from the old council chambers is in storage in a town building, he added.
Stipulations in the contract with the general contactor for the town hall renovations requiring the town to pay for accommodations and tools were also discussed on May 16.
Walsh said the Department of Municipal Affairs has heralded the town hall project as “exemplary.”
Synard asked Walsh to provide a complete breakdown of the most recent data of the renovation costs for the next meeting.