• John Jantak

Senneville unveils plans for its new town hall


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Senneville District 3 Councillor Brian McManus delivers a presentation to residents about the village’s new town hall project during a public information meeting on February 22 as Mayor Jane Guest looks on.

The Village of Senneville unveiled the final architectural plans and design for its new town hall during a special information meeting that was held before the regular monthly council meeting on Monday, February 22.

The overall consensus among the 25 residents who were present was positive as they listened intently to District 3 Councillor Brian McManus who spoke about certain aspects of the new facility including adopting a borrowing budget of $2.1 million for the cost of the new facility at the upcoming council meeting in May.

Property taxes in Senneville will rise an anticipated four per cent when the village’s budget for 2017 is presented at the end of the year to take into account the town hall project. For a homeowner with a house valued at $750,000, McManus said the average tax increase will amount to about $233.

“This is something that we feel is reasonable especially since we didn’t put the taxes up this year,” said McManus. “We will not be using any of our surplus which will be kept as a buffer, a safe zone, that will not be used on this project.”

Attempts to save a portion of the original building of the current town hall and have it integrated as part of the new structure for its heritage value was determined to be not feasible because of its poor condition and it did not meet the requirements for a present-day municipal structure.

The technical details of the new town hall were presented by representatives of the Montreal-based architectural firm Bloudin Tardif Architecture Enrivonnement. The new two-storey structure will feature a sloping roof, wheelchair access and host all administrative services on the ground floor. The second floor will feature an archival storage facility and additional office space if needed.

For Mayor Jane Guest, the presentation highlighted village’s determination to build a new facility that would meet the needs of its residents while keeping costs as low as possible.

“We always said we would present the design to the public and we wanted to be as transparent about it as possible,” Guest told Your Local Journal. “We took the time during the presentation to clarify everything and all the steps that have been taken to date to get to this point where can show people we did our due diligence.

“This is something that is long overdue and I think most of the people in the village would agree especially when they come to town hall and see how shabby it is,” Guest added. “This particular council felt strongly about making it happen during their mandate so this is why we’re moving forward with this project with the intention of getting the shovel in the ground by September.”

Guest said she is very excited about the new facility and the consensus that was reached by council to proceed with the project. “We as a council worked with the architects on the design to get it right. I like the fact that we tried to marry the historical aspect of Senneville with a modern design. It’s a nice combination and the modern aspect gives it a refreshing tone while respecting the architectural history of Senneville as well.”

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