De­sign work

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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.

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