Leaky Windsor city hall could mean costly solution

A lack of heat at Windsor city hall is only the latest problem facing the aging structure, according to city officials.

The choice is between refurbishing or replacing the nearly 60 year old structure

A lack of heat at Windsor city hall is only the latest problem facing the aging structure, according to city officials.

Recently pipes that carry steam from the heating plant to nearly 60 year-old building started leaking.  

"The decay in those pipes was pretty significant," said Helga Reidel, the city's Chief Administrative Officer, who called it a serious problem.

However, Reidel pointed out there are other problems related to the age of city hall.

"When it rains heavily we have leaking windows, leaking roof," she said.  "We have condensation issues that create water dripping down onto desks and so forth."

Reidel estimated there are approximately 200 employees who work regularly out of city hall.

Windsor's Executive Director of Parks and Facilities, John Micelli, said emergency repairs, likes the ones necessary for the heating pipes, are costing the city money.  However, he could not specify exactly how much.

Micelli also estimated the boiler-style heating system is leaking between 1500 and 1800 liters of water a day.

"We've got some issues we need to deal with," he said.  "It's part and parcel of the whole reason why we need to replace city hall."

Reidel said council has set aside $34.5 million to pay for a new building or fix the current one.  A report outlining various options will go to council "very soon", she said.

Micelli is firmly behind building a new city hall.

"The current building is designed to standards which is basically nineteen-sixty," said Micelli.  "There's a whole bunch of new technology that we would probably want to examine if we built a new building.  So it would be more efficient."

Micelli said the report on a new or rennovated city hall could be put before council on December second.


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