The next steps about the Municipal Complex
The Government Affairs Committee recently made a motion for the Municipal Complex to stay at its current location. The recommendation is to the Financial Affairs Committee, who will consider how to include a few items into a future budget, as outlined below.
We want to unpack this question as well as the process for what happens next on this project.
The Common Council began studying the Municipal Complex in 2010. They have looked at a variety of issues, including the need for some security enhancements, the condition of the facilities, space needs for the Library, a market analysis and a cost benefit analysis. All the reports are available on our website.
The next step in the process was to take the question of "Should we stay or should we go?" to the Government Affairs Committee, who discussed this issue at two meetings in July. On July 31, the Government Affairs Committee recommends staying, and they are sending the following recommendations to Financial Affairs for consideration in the 2019 budget:
- approve replacing the Library's roof in 2019, which is at the end of its useful life
- increase funding for deferred maintenance by $98,966 annually for the entire Municipal Complex
- proceed with master planning for a remodel of the Municipal Complex, including a new audiovisual system in the council chambers and committee room (used to record and stream city meetings)
The Committee discussed that any remodel work should be done in phases as the capital budget permits work to be done, but that the planning and developing associated cost estimates should begin as soon as practicable.