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Aurora is in a mess: reader

April 26, 2017   ·   1 Comments

The Joint Operations Centre (JOC) is an example of another failure of delivering a project on time and on budget in Aurora.
It is not a case of just missing the mark a wee bit, but the project is 7 per cent ($1.5 million) over budget.
The flaws in the completion of the building, such as designing and building stairs at the back of the building, have also delayed the full operation of the JOC.
Some Councillors, such as Wendy Gaertner, Tom Mrakas, Harold Kim, Sandra Humfryes and John Abel are on the case here and they want answers now.
Gaertner identifies at least three main problems in the JOC project. Overall, the Council members expressed for an independent audit to get to the bottom of this mess.
Isn’t this a case of déjà vu?
Didn’t we experience an event similar to this just a few years ago with the renovation project of the Aurora Family Leisure Center? This project was delayed in opening up by at least two months, and over budget.
Furthermore, there were serious flaws in this building which caused a group of local citizens to ask the Town Mayor and Council to address.
It was mainly due to the public outcry in the social media that these problems in the AFLC got attention.
So, here we go again. Can we get it right now? As Wendy Gaertner summarizes, “Can we make something good out of a bad situation?”

Jim Jackson
Aurora

         

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. boblepp says:

    For those of you who would like to see more of the problems at the JOC, I took dozens of 360 degree Street View photos for Google Maps. You can click through a virtual tour of the perimeter fence. When I realized the huge empty back of the property was unfinished and water runoff is not controlled I went back for a second series of photos from about fifty feet away. These are linked together WOTHERSPOON the first set.myou get an eyeful of the erosion of the banking because they did not seed or sod most of it.the rear gates do not meet up and they sit high above the ground in anticipation of some type of surface finishing. Mr Downey wants the Town to spend $135,000 to pave the dog park 22 spot parking lot, $30,000 for the drawings alone, so if he is told the surface the JOC yard we are talking $1,000,000 as a starter as the dog park lot is 800 square meters while the JOC has over 12,000 square meters of mud. A YouTube playlist of related videos is at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWuYuyTIcJGUuVR1iJifHvWql0_qpKNE3

    The JOC in Google Maps is at:
    https://goo.gl/maps/B3Uyf1ChTJH2

    The virtual tour can be started at any of the Street View images I posted, they are identified bottom left with a circular arrow symbol and each has my name, Bob Lepp, at top left when you choose one. Follow the arrows to move around, just click on one. Look for indications that a thick concrete pad was planned, the drainage sewer sits a foot high, the rear gates sit high, the front parking lot asphalt is just a base coat and the drains sit high out of it.

    The extra costs will be huge just to get up out of the mud.

    Paving a finish coat on the employee lot will be hundreds of thousand Downey dollars if the tiny dog park lot is $130,000.

    http://www.boblepp.com has many detailed articles on how Director Downey mismanaged the dog park and the JOC.


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