Construction costs skyrocket on new fleet garage

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Thanks to the costs associated with the pandemic, the price of Chatham-Kent’s new fleet garage has increased significantly.

At its April 4 meeting, the board learned of the additional costs. Officials then voted to approve a request from the administration to funnel an additional $643,197 to complete the project.

Located at 50 Siemens Dr. in Chatham, the new building was originally approved by council in 2020 at a cost of $3.8 million. The project merged two old sites into one new centralized location.

At the meeting, West Kent Coun. Mark Authier asks why the additional costs were not brought to council for approval before the work was done.

Tim Dick, director of asset and waste management, described the project as “extremely challenging”, noting that it started early in the pandemic.

Unprecedented and unforeseen labor delays, work stoppages, inflation, and supply chain issues have combined for the sharp increase, according to an administration report.

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