SAUGEEN SHORES BEACH HOUSE RENOVATION GETS RELUCTANT APPROVAL 1/9/2018 11:36:12 AM
Saugeen Shores council has given the 'go-ahead' to get started on the Beach House project at Port Elgin's main beach but voted reluctantly as they were dissatisfied with the final cost.
The approved bid from Allen-Hastings Ltd was the lowest of five received, and at a final cost of $637,000, it exceeds the quote of $550,000 by around 13%.
Councillor John Rich voted in favour of the project, but did so unenthusiastically. He says the project was originally estimated at 400,000 and the price just keeps going up. In his opinion, the options were to spend more money and time to re-evaluate the project and hope that costs come down further while doing nothing to renovate the Green Street washroom, or bite the bullet and get it done before the cost goes up again next year.
The project will see the existing building renovated, as well as family changing pods, outdoor showers and foot-washing stations, and storage for municipal equipment.
It is expected that the project will be complete before Canada Day 2018.