Re: Action on new city hall ‘long overdue, June 28.
Regarding the perceived need for a new city hall in White Rock.
Although it is stated by a White Rock councillor that the existing facilities are not representative of the majority of similar chambers in the Lower Mainland, it might be noted that neither are the development fees charged to new projects representative of fees charged by other municipalities, so there is a greater tax burden on existing ratepayers than there needs to be.
I would suggest that a capital project such as a new city hall would require a new source of funding, such as development fees, to be contemplated.
There may be no air conditioning nor an elevator, but then, many of the ratepayers who are likely going to be asked to foot the bill have neither, either. If the weather of this past 10 months is indicative, I think opening the windows and employing a couple of fans might be adequate. Perhaps staff could service the public by utilizing entrances on both levels to eliminate the need for an elevator.
I think a new furnace and a revamped air-movement system may be warranted and efficient, as well as new carpets.
Renew, reuse and renovate!
There are various examples of infrastructure and maintenance within White Rock – including street paving and sewer system – which are a disgrace and should queue up ahead of a new city hall.
Bob Holden, White Rock