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Demolition of the old Friendship Centre building located in Cadzow Park will be completed before the end of the month. Stephanie Ische told Council on Tuesday that although the budgeted amount was $40K, the lowest of the eight bidders, Donato Construction from Halton Hills, came in at $23.5K. Ische said there will be an additional charge for a report that was done checking out asbestos and other hazardous materials that may be encountered during demolition. The area will be fenced off next week and then demolition will begin shortly after. Pictures have been taken of the murals on the walls but none of them will be saved.
Meanwhile, Council has decided to re-tender the repair of the Elgin Street stairs project. The Town had originally budgeted $45.5K for the project but only one bid was received and it came in at $71,750. Because Council have no assurances that the next Council would complete this project, they decided to re-tender it and have the tenders awarded before the present term of Council ends with the work being scheduled for next spring.
Town CAO Kevin McLlwain informed Council that a further savings of $150K has been achieved for the LED lighting project that will be completed before the end of the year. McLlwain said that with a joint purchase agreement with West Perth, $50K has been saved and that under an OPG grant the Town will be receiving $100K.
Stephen McCotter, St. Marys municipal Councillor and area lawyer, will be running to become the federal Liberal candidate for Perth-Wellington. Mr. McCotter has been recently confirmed by the Liberal Party of Canada as a “green lit” candidate who can now seek the Liberal nomination.
Today’s announcement confirms that he will be entering the race to become the riding’s Liberal candidate. As of yet, no official date has been set for a nomination meeting at which the party members select their candidate.
“I am pleased that vetting process is over I have now been officially green lit by the Party to stand as a candidate. I look forward to beginning my campaign, and to speaking with residents, not only in St. Marys, but across the riding, about their concerns and hopes for Perth-Wellington as we move forward.”
“I encourage anyone interested in volunteering to help with my campaign to contact me, and I am always available to speak on the phone, online, or in person about why I think I am the right person for the job.”
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