The tender for replacement of the exterior cladding and windows at the Civic Centre was awarded to Cy Rheault Construction Ltd. at their low tendered price, meeting specifications, of $6,895,000 plus HST.

This is contingent upon Cy Rheault Construction Ltd.’s agreement to using sub-contractors (labourers) bound to Labourers’ International Union of North America 1036 LIUNA.

It is further being recommended that city council approve the increase to the construction project budget in the amount of $875,500 to be funded from the Asset Management Reserve.

There was also a concern over collective agreements.

A tender document addressed the union requirements for this project as follows: This Project is subject to the Collective Agreement with the Labourers International Union of North America Local 1036 and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2486. (The Agreement requires the City to use only Contractors who are in contractual relations with these unions for work in the ICI sector).

The city was in communication with the low bidder, and they confirmed that they are signatories for the carpenter’s union but are not signatories to the labourer’s union. The bidder noted that it was their intention that all work claimed by the labourer’s union will be in compliance with the tender.

31 COMMENTS

  1. What about the gaping potholes that people are almost losing small cars in and destroying their suspension, front ends and bending rims, ruining tires? They could spend seven million on roads in a heartbeat and only fix one tenth of them. The infrastructure of the city has gone to hell from being neglected for thirty or more years. Time to start advertising Sault Ste. Marie as a retirement town because that is exactly what it is and will never be anything more, especially after being screwed over by Essar. Five years from now the population will be lucky to be sixty thousand. My taxes are $5800 a year now and look at the state of the infrastructure in this city, it’s beyond pitiful.
    How much do we have to pay in taxes to fix the damn roads????

  2. Don’t worry. Your property tax increase will easily pay for their facelift. Close city hall and put their offices in a daycare that closed. Save all kinds of $. Population keeps shrinking…wouldn’t it make sense if city hall shrank too?

  3. This city needs a facelift, queen st needs a facelift…not city hall for crying out loud. What a disgrace..they do nothing for our economy, nothing for animal welfare, nothing for mental health issues but oh..a city hall facelift hiring out of town workers is so important. Shameful.

    • Queen St is mainly private enterprise and therefore facelifts are the responsibility of the owners, not the municipality. As for the economy, this city’s geographical location is mainly to blame for lack of new business’s setting up shop here. Animal welfare??? Wtf is that?? Owners should be held accountable for their pets , not a municipal council. Mental health is a medical concern which is is our Provincial governments concern, not the municipality. Andrea , please post a rebuttal with some substance and not nonsense.

  4. mean while, opiate crisis + social assistance rates too low to afford rent and food which in return creates more poverty, crime and addiction lol. Nice way to spend 7 mill when the city is suffering. Least your building will look pretty with the slums around it.

    • Opiod crisis is the responsibility of the province as are social assistance rates. The city just doles the money out. City hall is a city infrastructure component which is the responsibility of the city. You need to educate yourself on the role of the three levels of government in this country before complaining about a project that is necessary.

  5. 7 million dollars to make city hall look like a tall snowbank?
    Surely someone could have came up with a design much better than that with some contrast and artwork. Reminds me of the new logo for OCS.

    • Basically, the project is to replace the glass in the current building and outer cladding. What new design would have been viable and how much more do you think than the almost 7 million dollars would that have cost. You complain about the price and then your solution appears to be to spend more!?!?

  6. OUR CITY IS CUTTING FUNDS IN EVERY FACET OF SOCIETY.

    GLAD TO SEE THE LOCAL ELITES GET 7 MILLION FOR 1 CITY BUILDING.

    NOT EVEN A NEW BUILDING, A ‘FACE LIFT’ FOR $7MILLION.
    WOW

    OPIOD CRISIS, CITY TRANSIT CUTS, CUTTING BACK ON SIDEWALK CLEARING DURING WINTER…

    NOT LIKE ANY OF THESE COULD USE SOME OF THAT $7MILLION

    GOD DAM CITY HALL COARK SOAKERS…. , GOOD TO KNOW 100 PPL FROM THE CITY WILL ENJOY YOUR $7MILLION IN TAX PAYER FUNDS.. AS THEY ARE THE ONLY PPL GOING IN THAT BUILDING

    • The building needs improvements. It’s a part of our city’s infrastructure just like transit and snow removal. What would your solution be? Portable buildings housing the employees while they work? Perhaps shipping containers? Just what would your action be to make repairs to city hall?
      By the way, the city doesn’t have power over the opiod crisis. Healthcare spending is the responsibility of the province.
      Your ignorant drivel is something that should be not seen. Although it does show just how little some of our citizens know.

    • Then local businesses should have put in the best estimate. Otherwise too bad. All too often local contractors when dealing with government projects boost their price to take advantage of your ‘buy local’ mentality. They reap a higher profit and taxpayers pay the price.

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