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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.
Last month, a committee of council voted to open a process to sell the building or else find alternative proposals for its use that would give council an idea of the public’s interest. That decision saw a ratifying vote in a council meeting last night, after press time. A report about that meeting can be found online at wellingtontimes.ca.
The proposal prompted concerns among user groups and residents. Picton councillor Lenny Epstein held a town hall meeting at the town hall about its future on Thursday evening. About 80 people attended, and about a third of those were not residents of the town of Picton. They represented a variety of regular user groups of the hall, those with interest in improved usage of the hall and those who feel the building is an integral part of the community.
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.
A special Committee of the Whole Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 19 will hear concerns about listing the former Picton Town Hall/Fire Hall for sale, and alternatives for its use.
The 2 Ross St., building is to be examined by council as part of an inventory of its vacant or unused municipal properties.
A committee of the whole report from June was deferred by council to Tuesday’s special meeting. Several public meetings have been held by citizens wanting to save the hall for public use.
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.
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.
Council amended its Committee of the Whole motion Tuesday night to include a six-month timeline to receive request for proposal purchase offers and alternative proposals for the old Picton fire hall and town hall.
Community Development Director Neil Carbone told council the intention of the initial recommendation was to solicit a lot of options and gage opportunities. Once the Request for Proposals is made – possibly over the next few months – the six month timeline for offers and proposals would begin.
Some councillors may want to sell, but the hall won’t fill the hole.
Emotions were high last Tuesday evening as users of the Picton town hall flooded Shire Hall’s council chambers, spilling out into an adjacent boardroom where the meeting was being streamed live.
Most were out to support a group dubbed Save the Picton Town Hall, a collection of users and residents who would like to find a solution to keep the building in public hands. They were there to speak before council discussed a request for proposals that will determine the future of the municipal property.