Ques­tions about ren­o­va­tions

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - pher­ridge@south­erngazette.ca

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.

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