As winter approaches, some Belleville police and administrative staff will have to bundle up in their workspaces.
The police department recently applied to council for the installation of an insulating sheathing on the north side of its new head office on Sidney Street.
Last winter some of the staff working in this part of the building were forced to wear winter boots and clothing to warm up. However, Police Chief Mike Callaghan said the same request was made before the modernization of the new facility.
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“The decision was made not to put Kingspan insulation on the existing exterior walls to retain the original facade of the building, as well as to reduce costs,” Callaghan said.
Belleville County. Kelly McCaw was in office at the time the decision was made. McCaw, who is now on the Police Services Board, says she only recently discovered that the siding had never been installed.
“This is something the old board I was on didn’t know,” McCaw told Global News.
“It has never been submitted to the council. There was never any discussion about discounts for the resort.
“We approved this $ 25 million budget on the understanding that everything would have been done as it should have been.”
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Global News reached out to former Mayor Taso Christopher and former CAO Rick Kester to ask why council was never consulted, but neither responded to our requests.
Now the City of Belleville is planning to spend up to $ 360,000 to install the siding after all, when it would have cost $ 175,000 during construction, leaving some taxpayers furious.
“I’m not going to talk about incompetence, but it leads me to think of it that way,” Dave Daley said.
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“I understand the need to keep things fiscally responsible, but we also need to take care of our police officers. So I think it’s a huge mistake on their part, ”said Heather Wilson.
“We have homelessness issues and other more pressing issues,” said Shelley Dafoe. “A lot of money is going to be spent to fix this wall.”
According to Callaghan, there are two inches of insulation compared to the original construction 60 years ago, which still meets industry code standards.
There was also no indication from previous tenants that this would have been a problem.
“You look at the normally prudent person should have known – you couldn’t have known we would be facing the situation,” Callaghan said. “But we’re in this situation now, so now we have to fix it.”
There are two options on the table to add insulation to the north wall, which will be discussed at the next city council meeting on December 13.
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