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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Deputy Mayor Wants Confidential Report Released

Over 500-thousand dollars in additional spending for Peel Plaza getting the green light from Common Council.

Some of the unexpected costs included the discovery of contaminated soil and additional service costs.

Project Manager Bill Edwards says it looks like the project will be on budget but Deputy Mayor Stephen Chase has his doubts.

He wants a confidential report that describes the full cost of the project and its implications to be released to the public.

He says we are already seeing the the implications of Peel Plaza on the city budget with the planned cut of up to 14 transit workers.

The request will be looked at to see if the report can be released without breaking confidentiality rules.

Meantime, Common Council has also rejected the suggestion of paying 10 million dollars to upgrade the Trade and Convention Centre which is now competing against newer facilities in the region. The city was looking for help from the province and federal government.