SOUTH STORMONT, Ontario – MacLennan Park in Rosedale Terrace will soon see the implementation of a pavilion.
The 20 ft. wide and 30 ft. long structure will amount to a price tag of approx. $45,850 (excluding HST) and be constructed by CGM Innovation of Summerstown, likely by the end of 2019.
Council had originally budgeted $40,000 for the project based on a community survey. Councillor Cindy Woods believed that originally, the community requested a gazebo.
On Wednesday, Aug. 14 during a regular meeting, Councillors MacIsaac, Woods and Guindon voted to build a structure measuring 20 by 30 rather than the originally proposed 20 by 40, due to the lowest of five bids still ringing in at $6,000 over budget with the reduced size, and approx. $18,000 over budget at the original size.
Mayor Bryan McGillis and Deputy Mayor David Smith felt it was unfortunate that bids had come in over budget but still wanted to provide the neighbourhood with what was originally proposed.
“I feel like we have been shortchanging Rosedale Terrace,” said Deputy Mayor David Smith, who also noted that pavilion are growing in populatiry and demand throughout the municipality.
Coun. Woods maintained that with the park’s size, the reduced structure would make more sense. Coun. MacIsaac believed that the main concern among residents was to have an enclosed structure available to host community events regardless the weather and said that residents would likely be thrilled.
The $6,000 additional funds will come from a municipal rainy day account.