Fixing leak will cost ratepayers

Shifting regional council staff into new premises to accommodate remedial work to the council's leaky Grey St headquarters is expected to cost up to $133,800 a year in lease costs.

Tendering for the $1.6 million remedial project is due to begin by the end of this year although when staff will be asked to vacate their desks has not been decided.

Engineering consultancy CoveKinloch  have been appointed as project manager  for the remedial project.

In preparation, the council has leased two additional premises on Grey St to move some staff while work is carried out.

Earlier this year the council shelved plans to build a $34 million office building in Hamilton East until after the council better understood the outcome of the Government's local government reform.

The two additional Grey St sites can accommodate up to 46 staff and is expected to cost $133,800 a year in lease costs.

Remedial work is expected to take up to 12 months but the council has yet to decide which staff groups will move and the timing of these shifts into the leased premises.

In additional to lease costs, the council has budgeted costs to create new reception facilities, venue hire costs for council meetings and moving costs.

Waikato Times