Why is Brantford Ontario’s Fire Station No. 2 at 331 St. Paul’s Ave in “poor condition”?
Taxpayers have been subjected to the same scenario with the OPP detachment in Paris. Everything is okay. Then, a list of defects appears. The building is declared in “poor condition.” The list is used to sell the need for another new public building, usually a Taj Mahal in scope, design and cost. Why, instead, are public buildings not properly maintained to keep them in good condition? Preventive maintenance can go along way to avoid the cost of a new building.
It was reported that the floor “seems like it is sinking.” It is a yes or no answer. A definitive answer is important before precious time is spent on musing about a $4M new building.
Then there’s the not-female-friendly issue. How long has the city employed female firefighters? In all that time has no one suggested some cost-effective renovations to accommodate the ladies? Cost-effective renovations could also make the building more accessible to larger equipment, given the oodles of space available on the current property.
Is the thinking: “Well, you know, we’ll eventually need a new one, so don’t worry about upkeep; or “the money is in (or going to be in) the budget; if we don’t use it, it will be gone” the driving force here?
With all the other priorities Brantford faces, looking for simpler, less costly remedies than a new building makes sense to taxpayers.