PASADENA — Two next-term councillors spoke at Pasadena’s final public meeting before Tuesday’s election about cost overruns of the town’s new recreation centre.
But the fact is, no one really knows as of yet how it will be handled by the town or the province.
That’s because the province has yet to correspond with Pasadena officials about an eight per cent cost overrun, according to outgoing Mayor Gary Bishop.
Two years ago the province announced $6 million for the creation of a new recreation centre. Earlier this month it was revealed that of the four tenders the town received, the lowest was $8.5 million. It sparked a debate among incoming councillors about how best to handle the overrun — whether to ask the province for more or to try to finance it.
It has been suggested that the town could take on 20 per cent of the overrun, with 80 per cent coming from the province. Seeking corporate sponsorships has also been suggested, as well as trying to streamline the design to make it less expensive.
It could very well be the first major decision the new council will have to make when it is sworn in within two weeks after the election.