Sunday, March 7, 2021

Civic Centre renovation report pulled from the Council agenda

Municipality of Chatham-Kent Council was set to debate an $18.1-million recommendation from staff regarding renovations to the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre on Monday night, October 19, 2020.

However, the report was pulled by staff at the start of the meeting.

“Administration is requesting that 13.d, which is the follow-up to question regarding cost to the new Civic Centre HVAC system, administration is requesting that be pulled from the agenda this evening due to further information that may be becoming available shortly,” said Judy Smith, the municipal clerk, during the electronic meeting.

In the report, administration has been once again asking Council to approve an initial investment of $18.1 million and a net investment for of $13.1-million, after factoring in long term energy savings.

The funding would be provided from building lifecycle reserves “with no negative impact to the tax levy” and will provide for the relocation of Council Chambers to the first floor, as presented in the January 13, 2020 report to Council, staff said in the report.

Back in January, Council turned down similar recommendations by an 11-7 vote.

After the initial recommendations were not approved, East Kent Councillor John Wright entered a successful motion for administration to bring back a report on the cost of replacing the HVAC system.

In the latest report, staff has presented a range of work for the 43-year-old building and the related costs. See the chart below:

Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Watch for more on this story in the coming weeks.

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