Chambers renovation cost too rich for council

Staff puts forward proposal for a $487,450 renovation to Saanich council chambers

What started as a desire to introduce live webcasting of Saanich council sessions led to a staff proposal for a $487,450 renovation to remodel chambers.

Council rejected the recommendation and asked for a new proposal with better detail and pricing options.

“It’s a very well done proposal and staff did a great job, but I think at this time it’s too expensive for what we want,” said Mayor Richard Attwell.

“What stood out for me is the [$48,000] for the raised council platform and [$64,843] for the council and staff desks,” Attwell added. “Esquimalt renovated its chambers for a total of $136,000. I think $136,000 sets a good target for council.”

This fall council used an interim layout that seated mayor and council in a horseshoe on a raised platform, but returned to the traditional layout with Atwell in a throne position above all, and staff with their backs to mayor and part of council.

Early in 2015 council approved $150,000 to implement live webcasting.  The $487,450 breaks down to $166,973 for live webcasting and supporting technology, which includes a new lighting system to enhance the photographic quality for the four cameras; $157,300 for the raised platform, desks, chairs and wheelchair accessible podium; $66,199 for video meeting management systems (new televisions); and $44,311 for documentation and training, detailed design and tender preparation and contract administration.

Coun. Vic Derman had pushed for live webcasting in a previous term only to be denied.

“I don’t think it’s a limitation of the new heritage designation put on the chambers, I think we need to seek other options,” Atwell said. “For me that price is bordering on ridiculous, I don’t believe another council has borne a cost of $112,000 for a raised platform and desk.”

 

reporter@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Sailors set to deck the hulls for annual Sea of Lights

Lighted sail past set for Dec. 1 with community events at vantage points Willows Beach and Gyro Park

Report finds Saanich public buildings in need of replacement

Of three facilities in need of attention, the Park and Public Works Yard is the highest priority

Saanich business plays Secret Santa to local seniors

Be a Santa to Senior program now underway in six locations across the Greater Victoria area.

B.C. needs Disability Act: Victoria council

Council motion asks province to make B.C. barrier free

VIDEO: Uptown Noodlebox restaurant catches fire

Daycare evacuated while crews fight kitchen fire

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

COMMUTER ALERT: Snowfall warnings in effect across B.C.

Travelling this weekend? Check the forecasts before hitting the road

Drones take off to search for missing North Okanagan women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Hillside kicks off holiday shopping with “The Night Before”

Nov. 19 charity event marks beginning of holiday shopping season

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

Grade 12 student already has 1,500 towards carpentry apprenticeship

B.C. program launches trade careers from high school

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Interpretive sign captures history of Gorge Bridge

Seven bridges have crossed the Gorge at the site, with the first constructed in 1848

Most Read