DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Councillors received a pair of updates on the status of a new Fire Hall for the municipality at their meeting on the morning of Monday, Sept. 15.
During the meeting councillors received a report detailing the status of a construction tender for the project, as well as news that the township has saved nearly one-half of the estimated cost of the project.
In August, only one tender for the pre-engineered structure was returned despite 43 companies picking up a package, leading township staff to investigate the low rate of return.
“The vast majority of contractors wanted to be the general contractor and build the whole thing, not just erect the building,” explained Mr. Kester. He would add that a revised Request for Proposal is expected to go out in the next few weeks, and is hopeful for a greater response with the revisions in place.
Later in the meeting, a report from Deputy Treasurer Donna Condon detailed the current funding status for the project.
According to Ms. Condon’s report, Uxbridge’s 2014-15 capital budget included the cost of the new Fire Hall to be $3,800,000 (excluding the cost of land).
To date, the township has collected funds totalling $1,875,518 towards the project, leaving a balance of $1,924,482. It is expected that the township will issue a debenture and/or borrow from existing township reserves to cover the unfunded balance of the construction cost of the new Fire Hall, according to Ms. Condon.
“We’re getting closer and closer all the time. This is great news and hopefully, we’ll soon be able to get moving on our new Fire Hall,” said Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy.
Ward 3 Councillor Pat Mikuse added that the intent of council has been that once the Fire Hall on Bascom St. is sold, the funds from the sale are to be directed to the cost of the new Fire Hall.