A brief report on last night”s Council meeting for those who could not be there.
The outcome was just what we were seeking.
1. The Terms of Reference was passed without further amendment;
2. The Board of Management was established and our five nominees – Elis Zeigler, Kathy Kennedy, Leslie Smail-Persaud, Michael Smith & Rebecca Sweetman – were appointed; and
3. Councillor Phil St Jean was appointed as a non-voting member.
Thanks to everyone for your amazing support and contributions in getting us this far. And a huge thank you to the wonderful and brave members of our now established management board for stepping up and offering to lead us forward.
Council vote tonight to adopt the Terms of Reference, Board Management member approval and appointment, plus naming the Ward 1 Councillor who will sit on the Board. Fingers crossed for a speedy approval without any new wrinkles.
Picton Gazette writes a fine article about the SPTH Open House – Working group seeks prospective members for Picton Town Hall board. Read it here.
You can find hard-copy applications forms at the Picton Library or complete our online application form Call for Volunteers.
Sunday April 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm upstairs at the Hall (2 Ross St., Picton) we’re having an Open House to which everyone is invited.
Get an update on plans, get a chance to ask questions, and hear how you can help.
You can even download and print our new poster (8″x11″) suitable for your window, store-front, or posting on your organizations Facebook or web page.
A Hall for All. We’re ready for you!!
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.
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
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:
- The public private partnership is likely to exclude the existing recommended submission from Save Picton Town Hall.
- For a public private partnership to be possible the Town Hall will almost certainly be sold.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.