February 2, 2016 11:24 pm
Updated: February 3, 2016 6:45 am

Concerns persist over Saint-Lazare town hall plan

WATCH ABOVE: Residents in Saint-Lazare are voicing their concerns at a council meeting over the new proposed town hall project. Global's Elysia Bryan-Baynes reports.

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SAINT-LAZARE – There were no plans to talk about Saint-Lazare’s new town hall at Tuesday’s council meeting, but several residents showed up – once again – to voice their concerns.

“Do the necessities. This project can wait. It is a big expense,” longtime resident Paola Irrera told Global News.

Last week, the Municipal Affairs Ministry approved Saint-Lazare’s $9.2 million loan bylaw that paves the way for a new town hall.

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“It should never exceed $2-3 million, that’s a bit extravagant,” said Marc-AndrĂ© Esculier.

He has lived in Saint-Lazare for 37 years, moving in a few years after the old town hall was built in 1976.

Despite concerns for many in the town of 20,000, the issue is a done deal; a registry held in November got only 483 signatures.

Opponents needed 500 to kick start a referendum to block the project.

Mayor Robert Grimaudo insisted $9.2 million is the maximum amount to be spent, but he expects the new town hall to be a lot cheaper in the end.

“The reality is we don’t know the actual cost until we put the calls out to tender. The fire hall was a $5 million dollar loan bylaw, but in the end, ended up being $2.5 million.”

Saint-Lazare will issue a call to tenders in April and demolition of the old town hall is expected to start in July.

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