SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The recladding project at city hall will not be finished for another 6 months and even more over budget.
$1.3 million is the growing total of cost overruns for the project. It was put on the consent agenda at Monday night’s council meeting.
The consent agenda is basically a part of the agenda all council members have a chance go comment on but in the end gets passed.
Councillors commented on a lot of things on this agenda last night, Algoma University’s city studio program, sidewalks and a fire service bylaw. They had nothing to add or say to the overruns.
Who is being held accountable? What can be done to stop this from happening in the future?
These are questions no one asked but we have heard from the public.
The total cost is now estimated to be $8.2 million. The original bid was $6.9 million.
This is still less than if the second highest bidder but it is getting closer to that amount.
The city points to the fact the second-highest bidder is now almost out of business as a way of saying we are happy we didn’t go with them.
The council continues to get updates on this project. The new projected completion is May-June of 2021.