What’s Next?

Work is Underway

Up first this week is a critical path timeline to ensure we meet agreed key dates. 
Second this week is a kickstart meeting with county staff to begin building the Terms of Reference for future management of the hall.  
It is our understanding that the Terms of Reference and Board of Management need to be with county staff in time for the last Committee of the Whole meeting in May. 
Once the exact motion approved by council is confirmed we will publish it here.
 

Stay tuned about support

As these necessary agreements are firmed up in more detail, we’ll be better able to use your offers of help. 
Thank you to everyone who has already offered. This community is full of expertise, talent and dedication.  
If you haven’t yet offered and you’d like to help go to the “Contact Us” section on this site. Please be sure to let us know your area of interest and skills that you can contribute.

Council Approves ‘A Hall for All’ Plan

In case you haven’t heard, last night council approved the community proposal “A Hall for All”. It would never have happened without your support. Thank you to this amazing community. Thank you to council for giving this community an opportunity to demonstrate success. We’re already at work on the future. #ahallforall

Disappointing result – Committee of the Whole

It is very disappointing that the meeting moved to defer the decision. Concerns aired during the meeting mostly went unanswered because they were not directed to staff. Information that could have enabled a decision was never discussed. In fact the proposals were barely discussed. Council should make good on its original request for proposals by giving full consideration to their staff’s report and recommendation.

Please contact Councillors before March 12th, politely but firmly ask councillors to:

  • Vote against the motion to defer.
  • Fully consider staff’s motion to accept our proposal.
  • Give staff a chance to address their concerns.

Here is contact information for Council: http://www.thecounty.ca/county-government/contact/

The motion we oppose:

Below is the wording of the motion made yesterday at the Committee of the Whole, as circulated to the media:Motion…

Posted by Save Picton Town Hall on Friday, March 1, 2019

Why we are against the motion:

We want the public to be aware that:1) Councillors’ motion for a public-private partnership RFP process may in fact…

Posted by Save Picton Town Hall on Saturday, March 2, 2019

Be at the March 12 meeting, 7pm Shire Hall

Show your support by attending the meeting. Deputations count. To make a deputation, or make a comment you need to register with the clerk by 4:30 on Wednesday, March 6.

Council carried a new motion to start again

There are no new objectives, simply a motion to start a new RFP process stipulating a P3 or public private partnership. This kind of proposal could have been submitted within the current process. A requirement for a P3 has 3 problems:

  1. The public private partnership is likely to exclude the existing recommended submission from Save Picton Town Hall.
  2. For a public private partnership to be possible the Town Hall will almost certainly be sold.
  3. public private partnerships cost the taxpayers more in the long run. A recent Ontario study verifies this.https://theonn.ca/our-work/our-financing/public-lands-civic-spaces/not-for-sale/?fbclid=IwAR3gQ7i09IxDaRxrWZ0npC9aQx60G3uj8k-Fl2v4FZv7jSpw0r9JKxZt-PU

Good news! But not a done deal yet.

We received some good news, but we still need your help!

County staff have recommended our proposal, but we need your support to convince Council to adopt our plan.

Attend Committee meeting Feb 28 at Shire Hall
It’s official: our proposal is on the agenda of the Committee of the Whole on Thursday, February 28 at 1 pm. Councillors will discuss municipal staff’s recommendation of our plan as the “preferred proposal”. A healthy turnout is critical to show Council the breadth of support that exists in the community. Here’s a direct link to the staff report and our proposal: https://princeedwardcounty.civicweb.net/document/167362

Voice your support at Committee and online
This is not a done deal until Council adopts our proposal. Your voice counts. Help demonstrate to Council members that the community wants them to decide in favour of keeping the Picton Town Hall in public hands for the benefit of all:
Address the Committee (claim your 3-min slot via clerks@pecounty.on.ca or on site)
Spread the word and show support on social media using the hashtag #ahallforall.

If we can convince Council to adopt our plan, the future for this outstanding public space looks bright.

With your continued support, we look forward to working with the municipality to make Picton Town Hall the best it can be!

A Hall for All.

NEWSFLASH!!

Thursday, February 28 at 1:00 pm is when we expect our proposal to Council to be addressed at the Committee of the Whole, where municipal staff will submit their recommendation. We need your help to demonstrate community support!

Attend Committee meeting

Join us at Shire Hall on Thursday, February 28 at 1:00 pm. We want to show Councillors the breadth of support that exists in the community by having lots of town hall users and supporters come out to the meeting.

Speak at Committee meeting

We need your voice to speak to the importance and value that the hall brings to you/your group and/or why it is important to keep the hall in the community. Anyone wishing to comment may do so for 3 minutes on February 28:

You can email the Clerk’s office at clerks@pecounty.on.ca to let them know you wish to speak.
Or simply attend the meeting and speak up when comments are sought from the audience.

Show your support on social media

Help us create a groundswell of support in social media! Spread the word. Speak out. Share a story, photo or memory about something great that happened at Picton Town Hall. Add this hashtag to your post: #ahallforall.

Watch for updates

The Council meeting agenda and municipal staff recommendation should be posted at this link on Friday, February 22. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that our proposal wins their favour!

Thank you all for your support! Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, February 28 at 1:00 pm at Shire Hall.

Decision Month

County staff expect to complete their evaluation of responses to the Request for Expression of Interest early in February.

Their recommendation to Council for consideration at COTW and a later Council Meeting is imminent. Please be ready to support us with your attendance (and speaking up) at these meetings.

A Hall for All is the better alternative.

Recent User – Creative Rural Minds

We tend to focus on user groups that need the Picton Town Hall space on a regular basis over a number of years. But let’s not forget that other important County groups have a need for the space from time to time. Here’s Creative Rural Minds recent event …

Creative Rural Minds – image © Ramesh Pooran



Kat Burns at Creative Rural Minds – image © Ramesh Pooran

In the mailbag …

From a supporter

My family and I have attended numerous community meals, birthday banquets, Creative Rural Minds and community events at Picton Town Hall. I have seen firsthand the importance of this space to our community and I think we have a duty to keep it in our shared ownership.

The temptation to liquidate this asset must be resisted. In years to come, there will be no opportunity available to The Municipality and the people in our community to acquire a real estate asset like this in common – in the heart of town, right next to Benson Park, right where we work and play.

Picton Town Hall is a building that brings people together. In private hands it will become a building that pushes the most vulnerable among us away.

In the mailbag …

From a line dance devotee

A large group of movers and shakers meet to dance away a few hours and have a fun energetic time doing it in one of the few remaining suitable locations in the County. This is time well spent keeping fit mentally and physically … read more