UXBRIDGE: The first steps in the possible sale of a pair of township-owned community halls were taken this week, with council approving appraisals of the properties.
At their meeting on the morning of Monday, March 4, township staff were given the go-ahead by councillors to proceed with appraisals of both the Siloam Hall and the Goodwood Lions Hall.
The total expenditure for the project is not to exceed $5,000.
During discussion surrounding the project, Ward 3 Councillor Pat Mikuse brought forward a possible future use for the properties.
"This is an opportunity for a non-for-profit user group to possibly look at taking it over, if they wish," said Councillor Mikuse. "Celebration of the Arts has been looking for a home for some time and they could utilize the space for a gallery, or possibly rehearsal space."
However, Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger suggested that all Uxbridge groups be given the opportunity to explore moving into one of the buildings the township may be selling in the future.
"We have to be careful here, and if we offer it to one user group, we should offer it to all of them," commented Councillor Ballinger.
Plans to sell the Goodwood Lions Hall may be slowed due to the outstanding issue of a crash wall possibly being installed on the north side of the property, which sits mere feet from railroad tracks. Township staff have been in contact with Metrolinx/GO Transit, but, to date, have not received a reply from the provincial agency regarding the issue.
Township CAO Ingrid Svelnis added that user groups should be made aware of the annual maintenance costs that come with owning such a facility.
"These groups need to know that these halls could cost up to $20,000 a year for upkeep," said Ms. Svelnis.
According to township staff, the appraisal process typically takes two weeks to complete.