St. John’s is spending more than $22,000 on new flooring and doors for City Hall.
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St. John’s City Hall will get new doors on the fourth floor, and new flooring in the Foran/Greene room.
The fourth-floor renovations includes about $5,300 for new doors for city council chambers, administrative offices and the Foran/Greene room, as well as about $17,000 for new flooring for the Foran/Greene room, Coun. Danny Breen told The Telegram on Friday. The chairman of the public works committee said the doors and flooring are the original ones from when the building was opened in 1970.
“The ones that were there had been there since the building was built and were in need of replacement,” said Breen, adding that the money is coming from the city’s maintenance budget, not capital works.
“Also in our maintenance budget, we’ve replaced the hardwood flooring in the Foran Room,” said Breen. “Outside, there were leaks in that room and the flooring got damaged. The flooring has been there as well since the beginning of the building, and the type of flooring that was on it wasn’t available anymore, so it couldn’t be repaired. So it was replaced.”
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The flooring has been replaced with a mixture of carpeting and hard flooring.
“All of those items are just part of our normal maintenance,” said Breen.
Asked how the city justifies the spending after releasing a budget that cut grants and services and raised taxes — prompting criticism and protests from the arts and business communities that led council to reverse some budgetary decisions — Breen said the work needed to be done.
“We have to maintain our buildings and keep them in good shape to avoid costlier renovations down the road,” said Breen, who also noted the money is from the 2015 budget. “Our staff identify areas that need to be completed each year, plus there’s money left for any emergency items that occur.”
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