A campaign promise better left unfulfilled


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The Jan. 19 council meeting in which Part 1 of the 2015 capital budget was unanimously approved is undeniable validation a new home for the St. Thomas Police Service did not play a significant role in the 2014 municipal campaign.

Members of council were united in committing $13 million to construct a purpose-built structure immediately west of the Timken Centre. It should be noted Coun. Jeff Kohler was absent from the vote due to a personal family matter.

In a presentation that evening by The Ventin Group, given direction by council to undertake the tendering process, a Class B cost estimate of $10.6 million for construction of the single-storey building was tabled.

A far cry from projections of up to $30 million floated in some corners during the bitter October election campaign.
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Not bashful about combining the old with the new in Elgin County courthouse


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Restoration of the Elgin County courthouse would prove cheaper than construction of a new consolidated court facility in St. Thomas.
That was the guarantee from London developer Shmuel Farhi to a capacity gathering Thursday at the St. Thomas Public Library on hand to hear his proposal to fully retrofit and add on to the Wellington Street facility that pre-dates Canada.
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