City Hall Face-lift should cost between $6.5-10M: Correction

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City hall has been holding up well through its cladding since 1975, but it’s time for a face-lift.

The image shown is one of three design options that range from $6.5-10M.

Funding for this was already placed into the 2017 budget so this is nothing new.

Life expectancy has at least 20 years on this project before minor repairs may be needed.

Construction may start as soon as the fall.

Councilor Susan Myers pushed for the third option (pictured), being the least expensive. But there was the desire to keep it looking like its original design, that of the hull of a freighter.

This option also was said to bring some local job opportunities.

27 COMMENTS

  1. I suggest if anyone is flooded this year because they lack the funding for snow removal they should sue the city and the people responsible for cutting the budget. Or if any accidents are caused by the over six foot five high snow banks.

  2. How about keeping daycares open, putting money into help for mental illness, affordable housing, helping to keep nurses working, senior homes, fixing the streets, help create jobs, bring in some new businesses to keep people here, getting things done to save Essar Steel, adding bus routes instead of cutting funding for them, cutting snow banks so people can see, better snow plowing and that`s just the beginning! Come on people wake up!

  3. Wow! They better come back down to earth. We need more facilities for long term care accommodation for our aging population, not a pretty city hall with a hefty price tag to look at. We can’t afford more taxes. Many in the city are pension age like myself with no 3-figure salaries – we may have to sell our home because between our current $400 in city taxes monthly, and our $800+ PUC (all electric and that’s with the new 8% ) during this cold winter, we won’t be home owners much longer. How the heck do the landlords afford to pay what they have to pay? I can’t imagine.

  4. I hope a safe injection site ,drug treatment center and assisted dying facility will all be included in the new City Hall renovations to include the collective needs and wants of the mayor and council. Or maybe the money would be better spent on direct psychological rehabilitation. Were they all smoking up when they envisioned this grandiose aberration? I tremble as I think of the next tax increase.

  5. With the money crunch the city is in right now, do u realy think you can come up with amore stupid idea than that to waste our tax dollars on?
    You keep raising costs on everthing in town and now make this very poor descision? …
    what a sad day….

  6. It’s time to stop complaining and collectively stage a protest to stop this. Pick a day. City council needs an overhaul not city hall.

    Make change happen, or move down south. ?

  7. Nothing will change, the people who run this city will just keep saying they’re “listening to the people” yet still taking our money and doing things that have no real benefit to anyone but them. THAT IS LIKE A MOTHER GOING TO GET HER NAILS DONE INSTEAD OF SUSTAINING HER KID!

  8. Does not surprise me all at……go back to work everyone and stop complaining about it…..you have tax’s to pay, food to try and buy, kids to try and raise since they can’t get a job unless their parents work for the great city of Sault Ste. Marie….our great leaders that got their position by sucking the brains from each others ass’s…..one of many groups of people that can screw up a 1 car parade….that’s they got free from some ass kissing local car lot……o look at the time, time to go to work……so I can pay tax’s for a road with no sidewalks and gravel base….for the past 10 years….essar has better roads…..

  9. How about building more long term care facilities since it’s a FIVE YEAR WAIT across Ontario for people to get in?? Maybe then, people like my mother who has dimentia can have the proper care she needs right away, instead of waiting until 2022. That’s be great, thanks.

  10. I suppose most of you will be running in the next election, as you all know how to run a city or have you all gotten experiences from SimCity, and master the art of making everyone happy? you voted for this if your not happy run in the next election, or call your ward councillor. I’m surprised city hall standing, this city would benefit with a face lift, heck I level gore if I had the chance it’s fugly, and no parking. So i guess most of you expect us to still look like 1980;’s, i bet if this city looked better people would come, some places are just fugly.

  11. This must be a joke, right? Is this fake news? Please tell me it is April Fools or sonething. And they are complaining about spending $190,000 a year to provide 2-hour free parking lots, keeping the downtown functioning and they are going to spend millions on renovations!!!! If the building needs that much work, move out of prime waterfront property and sell it to a company who can actually pay prime, waterfront taxes. Unbelievable if this is actually true. Citizens, it is time to intervene here! If this is fake news, good one. It has to be a joke.

    • I agree with you on the parking lot fiasco and I am surprised that there are not more downtown merchants voicing their concerns over this bad decision because it will affect all of them to some extent. It will have a huge negative impact on the downtown merchants putting some of them out of business and making others hurt worse than they ever have before.
      This is the first I’ve heard about dumping a pile of money into city hall that the city cannot afford at the present time and they need to defer this until they are done dealing with the Essar bandits and the massive amount of back taxes owed by them. They need to do their part and scrap this plan as well as getting rid of one Councillor per ward as one per ward is sufficient.
      I heard a comment during the city council meeting last night that went something like: “We keep doing the same things over and over expecting a different result” It’s true and it needs to change drastically or more of our young people will continue to leave and the city will go downhill more every year until it is nothing more than a retirement town with little to offer anyone.

    • I agree with you on the parking lot fiasco and I am surprised that there are not more downtown merchants voicing their concerns over this bad decision because it will affect all of them to some extent. It will have a huge negative impact on the downtown merchants putting some of them out of business and making others hurt worse than they ever have before.
      This is the first I’ve heard about dumping a pile of money into city hall that the city cannot afford at the present time and they need to defer this until they are done dealing with the Essar bandits and the massive amount of back taxes owed by them. They need to do their part and scrap this plan as well as getting rid of one Councillor per ward as one per ward is sufficient.
      I heard a comment during the city council meeting last night that went something like: “We keep doing the same things over and over expecting a different result” It’s true and it needs to change drastically or more of our young people will continue to leave and the city will go downhill more every year until it is nothing more than a retirement town with little to offer anyone.

  12. Here we go these 13 people of council don’t have a clue in what they are doing.They are responsible for not collecting the taxes owed by Essar Steel before they when into Creditor Collection.All 13 of these council members including the Mayor are in violation of
    section 224(e)of the municipal act.There responsibility is to look after the financial integrity of this City. THEY FAIL to that by not collecting those taxes.The Mayor is in violation of sections 25 where as he failed to provide leadership in this matter.the Citizens should be outraged about this nonsense. We pay the highest property taxes in Ontario and even more this year with the increase.
    THIS COUNCIL has done a pissed poor job and a couple of these councillors want time take their mismanagement skills to Queens Park .

  13. The city population is dropping. The number of viable business is dwindling. Job opportunities are declining. So it is only natural they would increase the size of city hall. Must be to accommodate the number of friends and family they have and will in future hire to run our fair city. (into the ground)

  14. Wow … wow … guess it’s my own fault for being shocked as have not been following council meetings. Is this why all the cuts? “Funding for this was already placed into the 2017 budget” – is this all municipal money? Wow.

    • I AM SOMEWHAT surprised that a budget item of this magnitude managed to get through the budget process without anyone noticing.How about waiting until ESSAR hands over its 22 million before embarking on this misadventure.

  15. No money for decent bus service, cut daycare, and firefighters but spend all that for a few temporary construction jobs???
    Ah NO!

  16. So…this city cannot afford to run the bus after 8pm but it can afford to make sure the city’s bureaucracy is more comfy? Shame…shame.

  17. THIS COUNCIL IS REALLY OUT TO LUNCH . We have no money with many pressing issues that are more important than dressing up city hall. How did such a huge budget item get through the budget meetings without alarm bells sounding.?? THIS COUNCIL NEEDS A LESSON ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY to we the taxpayer.

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