Glencoe train station work way over budget

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The Glencoe train station has been around since 1904. Work on its current deck has been in the works since 2018.

First work was originally priced at $25,000, according to director of operations Greg Storms. At that time, it was just one beam being replaced as a short-term fix. Now it is the whole deck.

The cost has ballooned to $247,419, well over double the 2022 budget set aside for it of $100,000.

“There’s no doubt the rest of the deck is compromised and certainly the structure underneath the deck is not in very good condition,” said Storms.

A pool of water collects under the deck and threatens both the deck and the station itself. This work by lowest bidder SDI Builders is to fix that.

“The residents deserve to see this building stay for a long, long time. It’s a very important building to everybody in this municipality,” said Storms, who has been working on this project since last year.

A minimum amount of handrails will also be added for safety and accessibility, which make up $22,000 of the cost. The extra money to cover the deficit will come from the facilities and recreation reserve.

The vote to do the work was not unanimous, with councilors Mike Sholdice, Christa Cowell and Martin Vink voting against replacing the deck.

“Once again, the amount we are facing is over double what council was originally agreed to, and once again staff has invested time, engineering and consulting to a project; and council is left in the awkward position of having to throw that money away if approval is not granted,” said Sholdice.

Mayor Allen Mayhew said building codes and responsibility around accessibility have changed, while the stormwater issue has to be dealt with.

“I don’t think we want to find ourselves in the situation where this is taped off and not allowing us access to the station,” said Mayhew.

Construction is expected in the fall, said Storms.

In a bit of good financial news, the municipality is saving $52,661 on work replacing three culverts and putting up a guard rail on a bridge. Two culverts are under Century Drive, with the other under Springfield Road.

The budget was set at $531,000, with the total cost with engineering and taxes coming in at $478,339. Van Driel Excavating Inc. out of Clinton will be doing the work.

Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner

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