Council chambers getting a makeover
Council chambers will soon be getting a makeover.
On Jan. 21, council approved the motion to renovate the chambers at a cost of $9,700, to make sessions easier for both councillors and spectators.
Over the past several years there have been many complaints made over the acoustics of the chambers. Though councillors can hear one another, members of the gallery have had a harder time.
The room will be reconfigured to provide better acoustics, and a better area for presentations according to Brad Rowter, director of Engineering and Works with the Region of Queens.
The existing microphones for recording council will be reused, with the addition of speakers to help amplify the sound.
Rowter said they will use their own workforce to do the labour, as well as reuse as much material as they can.
Hillsview Acres in need of repair
The Region of Queens Municipality has approved the submission of several capital requests for Hillsview Acres.
The requests will be made to the Department of Health and Wellness. The Region of Queens Municipality is required to sign off on requests.
Hillsview Acres is in need of some renovations including replacing seven cracked windows, two doors, drywall, cracked floor covering ceiling repair. The estimated cost for these improvements is $34,300.
The chimney above the roofline is also in need of repair at an estimated cost of $11,730.
This year Hillsview Acres is also requesting the installation of a nurse call system. Staff at the facility feel it is important for the residents to have the ability to call staff immediately when assistance is required. This is the second year Hillsview Acres has made this request. The cost associated with the nurse call system is $25,425.
More money for Hank Snow Tribute
The Region of Queens Municipality has been added to the list of sponsors funding the Hank Snow Tribute.
The Region is giving the Tribute $2500 from the Community Economic Diversification budget. The federal government also recently gave money to the Hank Snow Society to improve the museum itself before the Tribute occurs.
The Hank Snow Tribute is currently promoting a sponsorship campaign. Different levels of sponsorship get you different amounts of advertising plus passes to the different shows. By donating $2500, the Region has earned itself the “Rhinestone Cowboy” level of advertising.
The Hank Snow Tribute will take place in Queens County for the first time in fifteen years from Aug. 15 – 18.