Friday, September 21, 2018


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Reader Expects Unpleasant Surprises as Library Project Proceeds


So it seems we have finally decided to locate our new library in the old Foodland building, and early estimates are in. Now we begin to move into the zone at which municipalities and other bureaucracies truly excel – miscalculations and cost over-runs.

Apparently it should cost about 5.5 million dollars give or take. Hang on folks, there are still many more shoes to drop. Next thing you know, oops, we didn’t realize the electrical system needs a total upgrade. Never mind, a million should take care of that, and then oops we really should upgrade the entire water supply/sewer systems. Don’t worry that should come in at just under another million, and finally another oops, is that black mould we see?

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Concern About Cost For New Library

Dear Editor,

I'm not at all surprised but still disturbed at the already increased cost of the new library.

There's no doubt that Meaford library needs a new home and initially it seemed that the Sykes Street OPP option was reasonable at $3-4 million, even with the certainty that costs always exceed original predictions.

Now, with a change of location, the projected cost is getting scary indeed.

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Infrastructure & Bureaucracies


You have to love bureaucracies, the bigger they grow, yet still manage to screw up, the solution is always more resources required.

Meaford staff is recommending that two positions be created for project management. To quote the recent TMI article, “As our Treasurer/Director of Infrastructure Management conceded on Monday, this municipality has had its issues with projects being delayed, or not getting off the ground at all, and it's time we had some people to manage the projects.”

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