Coun. Paul Tilley, chair of the finance, administrative and planning committee, called the second option “a fuller picture of what the building would look like and what it would cost.” Council agreed unanimously. Mayor Frazer Russell is pleased with the decision, calling it “certainly wonderful, great news.”
Chief administrative officer for the town David Harris further explained the decision to The Packet.
“It lowers the risk for the town in getting a building that could be more cheaply built but more costly long-term,” said Harris. “From a comparison perspective, when you’re comparing bids, it makes it much easier.”
Also, as stated by Coun. Lloyd Parrott at the Oct. 23 council meeting, if the town can’t come to an agreement with a developer after issuing an RFP in the new year, they’ll still have detailed designs which could be valuable if they have to go back to the drawing board.
“If it comes back that this is not financially feasible, we’re back to the only option we would have then is to apply for capital funding through our multi-year capital works with Municipal Affairs in 2021,” explained Harris. “We’d be a couple steps ahead of where we are now (with this option).
“For what you’re getting, the lower risk and the better final product, it justifies the extra expense and it’s not money wasted.”
Harris told The Packet he’s already received calls from contractors and developers interested in the private-public partnership agreement with the town for the fire hall.
“At the end of the day, it will all come down to what the numbers look like and we will see if it’s financially feasible,” said Harris.
Fougere-Menchenton is currently working on the design and Harris says it should be ready for February, 2019.