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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chamber Renovations Over Budget

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Project to convert Brockton's Council Chambers into three offices and a meeting room.

The $17,000 expenditure is $15,000 more than budgeted.

The project involves converting the current Brockton Council Chamber room into three offices and a meeting room.

Councillor Chris Peabody calls it money well spent to address the office space shortage that municipal staff have been dealing with for years.

The full scope of the project involves relocating Brockton's Council Chambers to the Bruce County Administrative Office Building and renovating the current  Brockton Council Chambers into additional office space for staff.

Brockton has entered a lease agreement with the County to rent out Council Chamber space at $200 a meeting.

Councillor Chris Oberle was the lone councillor to oppose this motion (Tues night), calling it a poor use of taxpayer dollars to invest $17,000 into a rental building while paying rent to lease out Chamber space at the County Office.

Oberle had hoped Brockton could instead utilize one of its current vacant facilities such as the old Greenock Township Office.

Councillors did tour the Greenock office, but the majority felt it would not work.

Councillor Dean Leifso says Brockton would end up spending about the same amount of money renovating the Greenock Office.

He says this would not be in Brockton’s best interest as he believes it would create a disconnect if staff were not all housed under the same roof  negatively impacting efficiencies.

With Council's blessing in hand, renovation work to convert Brockton's current Council Chambers into additional office space will get underway soon.

Brockton will hold its June Council meetings offsite and should be set up in the County Administration building by July.

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