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Here's who will be building Stayner's new library

Posted: May 7/18

Simcoe.com

Ian Adams

March 22, 2018

artist rendition of the new Stayner branch.

Clearview Public Library chief executive officer Jennifer La Chapelle (left), building chairperson Coun. Connie Leishman, and library board chairperson Robert Charlton with the artist rendition of the new Stayner branch. - Ian Adams/Metroland

Work on Clearview Township’s new Stayner library branch should start this spring, after Clearview Township council approved a $3.8-million bid to construct a new facility attached to the Memorial Arena.

Concord-based Bondfield Construction Company was the successful bidder of 11 companies and had the second-lowest submission; architect Luc Bouliane said it was determined the lowest bidder lacked experience in library projects, and recommended the job go to Bondfield.

Along with a nearly 7,000 square foot library, Bondfield will also renovate the existing community hall at the arena to create new meeting space along with an atrium, and an area for art and a community hall of fame.

In her report to council, Clearview Public Library chief executive officer Jennifer La Chapelle noted the bids were 13-per-cent higher than the cost consultant’s estimate; however, she stated council could consider selling the existing facility, as well as examine accessing library development charge revenues that had previously been used to pay back a loan on the former mill land on Gideon Street, in order to address the budget shortfall.

That site had previously been considered for the library.

Township chief administrative officer Steve Sage also committed to council the project would stay within budget.

La Chapelle said the library building committee will now work with the architect and Bondfield to determine timing on construction.  Library board chairperson Robert Charlton said the hall will be worked on first.

“We want that work done and completed as quickly as possible so we can get the hall back into public use,” he said.

Charlton added the board will soon be launching its campaign to meet its $250,000 commitment to the project.

The project will also need $100,000 for furnishings, and $50,000 for moving costs from the current location to the new location.  La Chapelle said some of the shelving in the current facility will be used at the new location.