• James Armstrong

Hudson’s community centre renovations underway


Renovation plans for the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre in Hudson are moving forward rapidly and are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The renovation project for the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre in Hudson is on track according to Parks and Recreation Director Nicolas Pedneault.

“The contract for the ventilation system has been given,” Pedneault told Your Local Journal September 22. That contract covers the installation of air-conditioning in the basement area currently used as a youth centre. In spite of a short time frame for completing the work imposed by the terms of a grant from the federal government, Pedneault is confident the work will be done by the December 31, 2017 deadline.

Federal grant

The grant, announced by Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges on Friday, June 9, provided $250,000 and $15,000, respectively, in financial assistance for renovations and an outdoor mural. It is a non-repayable contribution for infrastructure and community projects related to Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Hudson, according to the terms of the grant application, was required to approve a loan-bylaw of $250,000 for half of the cost.

Complaint to MAMOT

It hasn’t been a smooth road for the renovation project since the federal funds were granted. “After the grant was announced, a citizen made a complaint to the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT) and that put the project on ice until August 10 when it was declared unfounded,” said Pedneault.

Call for offers process

With the complaint out of the way, the process of issuing invitations to tender bids for various parts of the project began.

“We immediately engaged an architect to prepare the plans and designs,” he added. The coming weeks will see work begin on the floors, lighting and wiring and renovations in the kitchen and replacement of the shingle roof.

“The calls for tender have been issued, and the plans for the kitchen are done,” said Pedneault adding there would be new stoves and a commercial grade exhaust system installed in the kitchen.

“All of that will be approved by the town council,” Pedneault emphasized. “ We are following all of the regulations. There has to be a call for offer by invitation issued for any contract over $25,000 up to $100,000. Over $100,000, it has to be a public call for offers,” said Pedneault. He added all of the details have to be worked out before the call for offers is made.

“The architectural firm helps us with all of the specifications. There’s a packet of work that has to be done behind the scenes before the call for offers are issued, ” he said. Despite the delays and the rapidly approaching deadline, Pedneault is confident the renovations will be completed on time.

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