BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody expressed concern over the cost of the water tower project.
The tender results came in at well over the budgeted amount of $452,000. Staff recommended awarding the tender in the amount of $602,207.81 including tax, to be funded from utilities reserves.
“It was way over budget,” said Peabody, who added that the municipality will have to look at the possibility of deferring work later in the year.
“We can’t assume costs are going to keep going up … it’s not a good enough reason to keep paying more,” he said. “We’ll have to look (at postponing some work).”
The upgrades and recoating of the North Water Tower has been an item on the capital project list for a couple of years, as identified by Veolia North America and municipal staff.
Brockton, like other municipalities in midwestern Ontario, has seen capital projects this year consistently come in over budget, sometimes substantially so, as the area’s building boom continues. Also continuing are federal efforts to bring inflation under control.
The mayor also commented on news that Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce (RHGB, known as Chapman House) has withdrawn from the south build.
At the same time, Saugeen Hospice has received charitable status from Revenue Canada, meaning tax receipts can now be issued.
“They (RHGB) said they will be consulting with the Ministry of Health,” said Peabody.
He added that he tried to propose the two groups work together, and made a consistent effort not to be partisan on the issue.
Now that the issue has been at least partly resolved, Peabody stated that he’d like to see a bit sign go up in the East Ridge Business Park, where Brockton has donated land for the proposed hospice, saying, “Future home of Saugeen Hospice.”
He added, “I hope the ministry (of health) will support this.”
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times