At a Special Council Meeting held January 10th, 2018, Kings County Council voted to award the contract to build our new administration building to Roscoe Construction for 5.3 million dollars. My very first action as a Councillor in November 2016 (before I was even knowledgeable about how make a motion) was to move to postpone a decision on the previous tender, as the process had been embroiled in very public controversy and I didn't feel prepared as a Councillor to support the project. When I later voted to support the withdrawing of the tender, and embark on a public consultation process and redesign of the building, it was both daunting and unpopular to many of my constituents. The tender we approved today is the third time the Municipality has attempted to approve construction, and the feeling I was left when the vote was passed with was one of confidence and security, rather than uncertainty and controversy.
I am very proud of my Council for having the courage to re-think and re-imagine this building, while although "just a building", is also a physical testament to our values, an asset to our community, and a piece of infrastructure we must pay to maintain and operate for many years. I am proud to say it is going to be environmentally friendly, large enough to accommodate future growth, and of beautiful design.
This issue was the first of true turbulence that I had to manage as a Councillor, and was not a smooth introduction into the world of public life. However I feel confident it was the right decision to take our time. I believe that the re-design was worth the extra cost and effort to ensure longevity and relevance of the structure; to include an "innovation hub"; to position us to have space to work with our municipal partners on joint projects; and finally to lead by example by setting the bar high for renewable energy and green building technology in this County. It is a relief to have this issue behind us as we move forward to consider our options for a new Public Works building, and follow along anxiously as construction begins on Village Park Drive in Coldbrook.