HVAC and roofing exceeds budget

SOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX — After short-term resolutions at the SWM council offices, a request for $55,000 from the reserve was filed with the city council on June 23.

According to Greg Storms (Director of Operations), the building is intended to function safely for staff. Two areas of focus for the project are the rooftop units, replacement costs for the HVAC units. Research into the air quality in the building showed that project consultants and engineers both recommend replacing every rooftop unit – on the roof of every back office unit in three of the four AC RS buildings.

The cost for the HVAC units was placed at $100,000. The top priority of the building envelope investigation was the replacement of the roof, which is expected to cost $186,000 by July 2020.

In the 2020 budget, the council passed two major recommendations, including about $280,000, which was $150,100 – $55,000 of the tax base. And then $125,000 of special Covid funding. To review pricing, the project has increased by $30,000 to $310,000. The total project cost is now $335,000.

The additional costs associated with the project include $55,500 from the provisioning reserve. The Council approved the Covid-19 renovation project for the replacement.

Speaking to the municipality, Storms said: “It is extremely important that we ensure the right air quality in this building so that it is safe for the workers. And we are sure that as part of this process has been going on for two years now, the building has challenges. And this project is going to correct those challenges in the future, give people a safe place. I don’t know if anyone has any questions, but that’s my report on this.” The motion has been tabled by the Council. Carruthers and seconded by Coun Barnes, it was passed unanimously.

Damon MacLean, reporter for the local journalism initiative, The Middlesex Banner

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