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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sauble Town Square Back to Drawing Board

South Bruce Peninsula | by John Divinski  

Council wants the project scaled back to reflect the original budget saying it's too expensive.

South Bruce Peninsula Council wants staff and the architect to come back with re-worked plans to bring down the one-to-two-million-dollar cost for a new square to the budgeted $900,000.
Mayor Janice Jackson says, "The budget for the design that we had chosen is beyond what we were budgeting so we're going to scale it back."
It means no lookout tower and no giant slide but the most important component of new washroom facilities will go ahead.
In a recorded vote, council approved getting scaled back plans by a 4-1 vote.
Councillor Ana Vukovic voted no, saying it's too much money for what they get.
She says, "Only two months of the year (will the facility be used).  The rest of the year it will sit there for seagulls to stand on and whitewash."
Vukovic agrees with fixing the washrooms if they need fixing but she doesn't want that to be part of building a new stage and other amenities with taxpayer's money.
Deputy Mayor Jay Kirkland says if the plan comes back over-budget again, they'll have to go to the people.
He says, "I'm hoping the Sauble Beach community gets behind this and puts some pride back into Main Street, Sauble Beach."
Staff will be back in a month with a new plan.
The town square will be constructed in what is now a washroom and parking lot area between 2nd Avenue North and Lakeshore Boulevard North, with Giggles arcade and the Beaver Tails hut to the south, and Sola's Grill a few doors to the north. 

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