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JULY 19 – Picton councillor Lenny Epstein is hosting a town hall on the Picton Town Hall – at the Town Hall Thursday night at 7 p.m. He invites County residents to attend the open forum to discuss possible futures for the building, vacated in 2016 by its principle tenant – the fire department.
“My hope is to bring people together to explore the best community uses for this valuable public asset and to gauge constituent support for keeping an affordable, multi-purpose public assembly hall in the downtown core of Picton,” said Epstein in his Facebook event invitation.
The Save Picton Town Hall group hosted a well-attended community visioning session in advance of a likely request for proposals from County council that will ultimately decide of the gathering place and former fire hall.
The visioning session employed a handful of local artists (Tim Snyder, Marc Keelan-Bishop, Andrew Csafordi, Teresa Westervelt and Krista Dalby) to capture thoughts, ideas and concepts in an imaginative and artistic way that was later shared with the entire room and would provide the committee with ample fodder when developing their proposals.
County residents filled the gallery at Shire Hall Tuesday night to implore council to keep the Picton Town Hall as a community asset.
In the end, councillors approved a motion to be sent to council to list the former fire hall at 2 Ross St., for potential sale and receive requests for alternative proposals and options for future uses.
For the second time, a group of concerned residents gathered to discuss the Picton town hall in the Picton town hall. The community space perched above the former firehall in Picton is about to be thrown into limbo as the County waits on a decision from council about what to do with the building.
Leslie Smail-Persaud asked the attendees at the SPTH visioning session to answer the following question: If Picton town hall could be the best town hall you could imagine, what would it be? Epstein added that “blue sky thinking” was encouraged.
The resulting discussions were energetic and animated. In addition to the words being written on the paper-covered tables, the artists were sketching their vision of the ideas. Some of the ideas were a continuation of the historical uses of the hall, others were totally new, such as a health care hub, native plant nursery or a popup tea room. And a few ideas came from the rarefied air of the blue sky …
Picton councillor Lenny Epstein held a meeting in the town hall to discuss its future. The packed room featured members of a variety of groups that regularly use the hall and residents from around the County.
“Why are we selling a public place?” asked one person.
It’s a fair question. Selling assets to pay bills is a dead end. Soon the proceeds of the sale are gone and the expenses continue to pile up.
Future uses for Picton Town Hall take shape at well-attended visioning session … when over 50 impassioned users and concerned citizens packed the Picton Town Hall on Sunday afternoon
The Save The Picton Town Hall working group is looking for public input on the future of the historic building downtown. On Sunday, Jan. 28, the group will hold a visioning session at the hall from 2-5 p.m.
Community members are asked to ponder a simple question: “If the Picton Town Hall could be the best town hall you could imagine, what would that look like?” and come prepared to discuss it that night.
The municipality issued a news release Wednesday inviting the community to submit expressions of interest for Picton Town Hall and former fire hall.
The release says with respect to the County’s strategic priorities, the municipality wants to identify the best use for the property. Located at 2 Ross Street, the hall was built in 1866 and is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Nov. 26, 2018 at 2 p.m.