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It would have been a bold move for a new coun­cil to aim po­ten­tially mil­lions of dol­lars at re­fur­bish­ing their build­ing just eight months into of­fice.

But, with trans­parency, their fi­nal de­ci­sion over what to do with the trou­bled of­fice block doesn’t have to go down with ratepay­ers like a tonne of bricks.

An in­de­pen­dent re­port said parts of the 50-year-old civic ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing were too small, too tired and too poorly ven­ti­lated for its staff.

It put for­ward op­tions, rang­ing from a few mil­lion dol­lars to up­grade to the bare min­i­mum, up to about $16 mil­lion for a new build­ing.

The mayor rightly chose to de­fer a de­ci­sion at this month’s an­nual plan de­lib­er­a­tions, and in­stead con­sider it this time next year as part of the long-term plan 2018-2038.

But for some of the staff work­ing in that build­ing, a spruce-up prob­a­bly can’t come soon enough.

- Se­nior Re­porter Jared Ni­coll

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