council meeting has been set for Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. in the county council
chambers in Kentville to deal with the matter.
In a recent
interview, Mayor Peter Muttart said he anticipated that a date would be set arising
from council strategy sessions held Dec. 8 and 9. He said the special meeting
would be called as soon as possible while providing adequate notice to the
Warren Peck of
Black River Road has sent correspondence to the mayor and council outlining
several concerns regarding the project.
He pointed out
that the previous council voted in December 2015 to adopt a strategy for the project
that authorized the chief administrative officer to “do all things necessary to
implement the actions associated with” the new strategy.
over of authority from council to the CAO transferred the fiduciary
responsibility from elected representative councillors to a paid employee,”
He said major design questions, such as a size
reduction of 4,000 square feet, insufficient parking capacity and council
chambers configuration were identified at an Aug. 10 evening design session.
“There was no follow-up final design meeting with
councillors or engaged citizens to present and review final design solutions
before proceeding to the tender stage,” Peck said.
Peck wants the new council to take time to ensure that
the project receives thorough scrutiny and for citizens to be consulted.
“Can you imagine limiting the decision for a project
of this size to nine councillors and a mayor and ignoring the citizenry
who are paying for it?” Peck said.
He’s calling for an assessment of the project and
associated costs to be conducted by an independent and neutral
consultant to arrive at a point where an informed decision can be made.
Peck said the assessment must be based on a 50-year design life period.
The contract for
site preparation for the Coldbrook Village Park Drive property was awarded
several months ago. The construction contract award was on the agenda for the
November monthly meeting, the first following the October election. However,
Coun. Emily Lutz made a motion to remove it from the night’s agenda. The motion
At the time,
Lutz said it was premature to ask five new councillors who hadn’t yet had the
benefit of orientation sessions to award the contract. Since then, a workshop
has been held to give new councillors a chance to get up to speed on the
motion for the Nov. 1 meeting was to award the contract to Roscoe Construction
of Cambridge for the total price of $5,699,000 plus HST. This was the lowest
bid. Seven companies made bids on the contract.
price for the administration building was $4,544,000 plus HST and $1,155,000
plus HST for the public works garage.