Kelowna council has approved a plan to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra costs for renovating City Hall with money from four city infrastructure programs.
In order to add the required $400,000 to the already budgeted $1.6-million cost of renovating City Hall’s second floor to create more space, it will take money from sidewalks, bicycle paths, the Kelowna Family Y and an unrelated City Hall renovation project.
The city will use $100,000 allotted for sidewalks that won’t be built this year, $142,100 from a plan to expand the Family Y’s gym, $67,200 from the 2012 bicycle network program and $90,700 from a plan that would have seen work improvements made to a fourth-floor meeting room.
According to Kevin Van Vliet, manager of utility and building projects, the city will also use $1.2 million from a $1.6-million insurance settlement received as a result of the fire that destroyed the Pavilion Building in City Park last year for the City Hall work, as well as money from its reserves.
Van Vliet said while the deadline for using the insurance money is March 6, the insurance company has told the city if construction is well underway by then, it will extend the deadline.
The additional space to be created on the second floor of City Hall, as well as other work on the third floor, will create more space for city workers, some of whom used to work in the Pavilion Building prior to the fire.
Moving the City Clerk’s department from its current location on the third floor will make it more accessible to the public, said city manager Ron Mattiussi.
The work on the second floor also includes enlarging the washrooms on that floor to accommodate the larger number of employees.