Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10h45am
Council irked by costs FOR UNbuilt Fire and Paramedic Hall
“If they want extras, they will have to pay for it.”
Councilors voiced their displeasure with learning of yet more changes requested by paramedics for the yet unbuilt Fire/Paramedic stations. Council was told that oversights during the planning phase of the building were to blame for an added $58,000, 50 per cent of which the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) hoped Clarence-Rockland would cover.
“We were made aware of them (oversights) approximately three to four weeks ago, that there was a shortfall in the actual costs,” said Helen Collier, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). “They (United Counties of Prescott and Russell) asked for us to cover the cost because we’re making the building.”
These oversights included security cameras and larger lockers. “When the plans for the two halls were first drawn up, did we go and ask paramedics what they wanted?” asked ward seven Michel Levert, to which mayor Guy Desjardins answered yes. “Why did they not tell us about the changes they wanted then?”
Changes requested so far have included a punch clock, wiring to illuminate a sign and a more elaborate eye washing machine. “The Counties approved what was there,” started Desjardins, “and now they come back saying they want the lockers bigger.”
“To which I reply, too bad, so sad, you signed off on it, that is the deal,” added ward two councilor Mario Zanth.
Council decided to approve the changes, estimated at $58,000, granted that the counties of Prescott-Russell pay them.