In any municipal build that involves a lot of money you should really find infrastructure grants because you can reduce the full cost to the residents by sharing the costs with the federal and provincial governments. Just for comparison see the article from the Meaford Express, May 13, 2009, outlining where I brought forward a resolution asking the Municipality recognize the need for a new library of 12,000 square feet at an estimated cost of 3 to 3.5 million. Let me emphasize that this was a NEW library build, not a stop-gap retrofit of an existing building. And it was an agreement in principal and the start of a planning process in which the costs were agreed to and various sites to be explored because the Council of the time was considering the possiblity of a federal provincial grant sharing agreement — one in which the municipality would be responsible for one third (yes, 1/3) of the entire cost and they knew that we needed a plan that was “shovel ready”. Therefore it would have been less than 1.5 million dollars for a brand new 12,000 square foot library.
This is why I support revisiting the library proposal to evaluate the sources of funding and to find out why the present estimates for housing the library in the old downtown grocery store are so high.