Chief Laing and the Director of Operations provided an overview of the modifications of designs for Fire Station 4-5 to fit the budget. They advised that the footprint had been decreased by 15% to reduce costs, removed one bay, decreased the size of the bays and removed one classroom. Members of the Joint Council Committee asked clarifying questions regarding the effect of these changes on the use of the building. Chief Laing advised that suppression would not be affected and that the changes would not be detrimental on training activities.
Members of the Committee discussed alternative methods for funding the additional costs associated with the project, including delaying hirings to produce operational savings.