Mayor Rex Matthews said the town’s engineers have put a nearly $3 million price tag on the cost to replace the roof on the Grand Bank Municipal Centre.
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Water damage caused by major leaks in the roof has forced the Town of Grand Bank to close off much of its municipal building for the foreseeable future.
With taxes, he told fellow councillors at last week’s meeting the total cost comes in at roughly $2.8 million.
The mayor said the onus is now on council to prepare its plans and proposals for the project.
Major sections of the building, a community hub for meetings and other activities and groups, were closed off following significant leaks in the roof two months ago.
Mayor Matthews noted the town was still waiting on a “crucial” piece of correspondence before proceeding explaining why so many leaks occurred around the same time.
“It’s going to be a big undertaking, and big challenges, and it’s going to be big decisions, because when people find out you’re going to invest $2.5 million, there’s going to be a lot of debate in the community on where we go.”
The mayor said the biggest challenge will be conveying to residents the building is a community centre and not just a municipal building.
“We’re looking at three or four funding sources to do what we have to do. So we’ll know more as the summer progresses,” he noted.