If I re-call correctly ,this was $26 million project . The town undertook substantial debt to pay for it. The contract was advertised and awarded according to provincial regulations.
It means , estimates were prepared, bids were closed at a precise hour with all parties entitled to be present for the reading thereoff.
Bids were listed and referred for expert analysi to ensure complete and accurate pricing. It is my understanding that subsequent change orders , during construction,items were removed because
the budget allocated was not sufficient to complete the contract at the price awarded.
As well as failure to complete the project with funds allocated, regulations have been circumvented.
It doesn't take much more than that for a municipality to get a reputation for serious incompetence and questionable integrity.
What use are provincial regulations if they can be so easily ignored?
Council appointed an oversight committee. The lCAO and a financial controller had oversight responsibility,as well as the director, to manage this project. Did they not hire a project manager as
well? I think so.
The CAO left the town's employ a year ago. Time enough to realise the problem with the contract.
The Director has now been terminated.
Council is now requested to fork out additional financing to include items removed from the original contract .
An official opening is the occasion for the final accounting.
Successful completion of a multi-million dollar construction project is no small accomplishment.
In a municipality,more than one person is responsible for failure.
The town went into debt for this project.
And what have we got?
With all those public servants watching Why is the public last to know?
How much has been discussed behind closed doors ?
How many reports dealing with it , were not called for public discussion?
Thereby keeping the problems under wraps?
Tours don't cut it Mr.Mayor.
Just give us the facts man.