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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Brockton Renewing Lease For Town Offices.

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

It is the only community in the area that does not own its municipal building.

Over the last twenty years, Brockton has spent almost a million dollars in rent money to lease municipal office space from Canada Post.  

It’s now time to renew that lease agreement however not everyone on Council is pleased with the proposed 5 year agreement that includes an annual increase of 5 percent which will jump from 57 thousand dollars in year one to almost 70 thousand dollars by year five.

As such, Council has instructed CAO Deb Roth to go back to the negotiating table to see if that increase can be lowered somewhat. 

Mayor David Inglis has made it no secret over the years that he believes purchasing or constructing a new municipal office would be a better use of taxpayer's money than leasing space.

He says the money that has gone into rent over the last two decades could have gone towards a very nice municipally owned facility.

However, this is not something Brockton Council is considering at this point.

Inglis says during the previous Council term the public made it very clear that they are not interested in a Municipal Office build project.

As such, he says Brockton will continue to make due with the space it has at the Canada Post building in Walkerton.

Space is a problem in the current rented facility, so much so, that Brockton is now renting space out from the County of Bruce as well to hold it’s Council meetings. 

This has allowed the municipality to convert the former Council Chambers in the Canada Post building into more office space for staff.

As for whether or not Brockton will get a break in its upcoming five year lease remains to be seen, that is something to be hammered out at the negotiating table.

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