KEMPTOWN - An increase in projected costs for new scale facilities at the Colchester County balefill in Kemptown has prompted council to take another look at its option.
Council had budgeted approximately $387,000 for the construction of a new scale house, weigh-bridge scales and a public drop-off facility at the site but decided to take another look at its options after tenders came in at almost double the expected cost.
"It's unfortunate that the cost has doubled but the cost has," Coun. Bill Masters said during council discussion this week.
But the equipment is necessary, Masters said, adding he does not believe the project should be compromised because of the increased figures.
"That's what's needed to be done. I don't think we should be cutting back just because the cost is different."
The project is being cost-shared between the municipality and the towns of Truro and Stewiacke and equipment has been purchased.
Public Works director Ramesh Ummant said staff is evaluating current bids to find ways to reduce costs as well as looking at other options, including reducing the amount of paving originally intended and considering doing some of the work in-house.