SOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX - Following short-term fixes at the SWM township offices, a request of $55,000 to be used from the reserve was made to council on 23 June.
According to Greg Storms (Director of Operations), the intention is for the building to operate safely for staff. Two areas of focus for the project are the rooftop units, replacement costs for the HVAC units. Investigations into air quality at the building saw project consultants and engineers both recommend replacing each rooftop unit -on the roof each back office particular units located in three of the four AC RS buildings.
Costs for the HVAC units were placed at $100,000. The highest priority of the building envelope study was the replacement of the roof which was expected to cost a sum of $186,000 back in July of 2020.
The 2020 budget saw the council pass two major recommendations which included some $280,000 which was $150,100 - $55,000 from the tax base. And then $125,000 from special Covid funding. To revise pricing the project has risen $30,000 to $310,000. The total project cost is now $335,000.
The additional costs associated with the project include $55,500 from the facilities reserve. Council approved the Covid-19 renovation project for the replacement.
Speaking to council Storms said, “it is extremely important that we provide - the right kind of air quality in this building so that it’s safe for the workers. And we certainly know as part of this process has gone on for two years, the building does have challenges. And this project is going to correct those challenges moving forward, provide a safe place for people. I don’t know if anybody’s got any questions, but that’s my record of this.” The motion was brought forward by Coun. Carruthers and Seconded by Coun Barnes it was carried unanimously.
Damon MacLean, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner