City mining for gov’t funds to repair headframe – by Ron Grech (Timmins Daily Press – September 12, 2019)

The city’s iconic McIntyre headframe is in dire need of repairs. The total cost could exceed half-a-million dollars. But the money isn’t in this year’s budget.

Timmins council on Tuesday approved some repairs to the external layer of the structure — a job which is expected to cost about $15,000 — with the plan is to complete the full repairs next year.

Mark Jensen, the city’s director of community and development services, told council there is a chance the project could qualify for government funding covering up to 75% of the cost. However, there is no guarantee the city will receive financial support from upper-tier governments.

“As council is aware, the city did acquire the headframe property several years ago,” Jensen said, during a presentation of his report to council Tuesday night. “We had a recent structural assessment completed for the facility and it identified a number of repairs that were required, and those repairs were prioritized from high priority to low priority.

“The city did release an RFP (request for proposals) to secure price estimates to complete the higher-priority work on the facility. “Unfortunately, we received only one bid and that bid was significantly higher than our estimate provided to complete that component of the work, and also exceeds our budget for the project as well.”

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