Three project enhancement items are no longer happening at Mosaic Place.
© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Mosaic Place is pictured on May 20, 2014.
At Monday’s council meeting, councillors voted in favour of eliminating arena acrylic glass, venue run software and YaraCentre marquee to leave enough funding for an escalator.
At the April 22, 2013 council meeting, councillors voted to dedicate the $1.5 million left over from the Mosaic Place and YaraCentre budgets for capital project enhancements to the facilities.
On July 8, 2013, council voted to proceed with safety enhancments for $225,000, event hosting enhancements for $191,700, communications and marketing enhancements for $253,800, an escalator for $770,000 and a contingency on those projects for $59,500.
However, on May 20 of this year councillors approved awarding the escalator project to Century West Construction Ltd. for $991,790 plus GST by eliminating other projects. The escalator budget was increased to $1.14 million. Therefore, $367,000 of other enhancements must be cut.
"What we’re seeing with these numbers is a scaling back of enhancements to the project to cover the cost of an escalator, which many people in this community have expressed over and over again the understanding that it would be an asset to the building," said Mayor Deb Higgins. "It would be an asset to the people that attend events at that building and this council has listened to that.”
But not all councillors agreed with those comments.
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