City Council will decide whether to send the proposed Downtown Plaza out for bid tonight.
Currently, the project has already rose by 24% from $6.6 million to $8.4 million.
There have been multiple motions put forward by Sault Ste. Marie council that although split seem to be decided in the direction in which Mayor Provenzano votes.
During the December 7, 2020 council meeting, it was decided to go forward with asking for bids on the McMeeken Centre replacement, currently approved for $28.8 million. Mayor Provenzano said during that meeting he was hesitant but approved it with a condition.
“I will not support the project. If the tender comes back significantly higher than the price we approved today. It was very, it was said during the presentation to Council, that we have a modest budget. I do not believe that is the case. This is not a modest budget,” said Provenzano during the council discussion.
He then warned he would change his decision if the tender came back much higher than the $28.8 million.
“We’re spending a significant amount of money on a facility. And I frankly think we should be able to build the double pad for this amount of money., So while I will support it today, and while I will encourage it moving forward, I will not support it if the tender comes back to any degree that I consider significantly higher than the announcement authorized today.”
Now council is faced with a decision to approve a project that has already gone up 24% in cost and it hasn’t even gone out for tender, which is where the McMeeken project currently is.
So although this project got unanimous support in September when it was brought before council with the original price tag, what will happen Monday is unknown.
So where is the limit to “significantly higher”, if the Mayor supports this, then a pricetag of over $35 million should be acceptable for a McMeeken replacement, right?
Stay with SaultOnline as we bring you more information in regard to how city council decides to use taxpayer money.