DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The future of the Siloam Hall will be a hot topic next week, as Councillors plan to discuss a possible sale of the historic building at their meeting on the evening of Monday, April 27.
The matter was originally to be part of the agenda for council’s meeting on April 13, before the decision was made to move the report by Clerk Debbie Leroux to the 7 p.m. meeting on April 27, to not only allow for more time to prepare relevant documents, but also allow greater input from local residents.
“We just came out of a difficult budget and, as we learned earlier today, our situation isn’t likely to improve,” said Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor. “I need information, such as how much does the hall costs us and how much is it being used before making any decision.”
Ward 3 Councillor Pat Mikuse also endorsed moving the meeting, and noted that while the Siloam Hall does have heritage value, it may be time for the township to cease its ownership, leaving the ultimate decision on its fate to the potential purchaser.
“Personally, I don’t have a problem selling the hall,” commented Councillor Mikuse. “It is the oldest school in the township and heritage designated, which is important. It should stay at least until a potential buyer says to remove it.”
The Siloam Hall, along with the Goodwood Lions Hall have frequently been the subject of great discussion regarding potential sales of township-owned facilities during municipal budget deliberations. Councillors have argued in the past that not only would a potential sale inject cash to township coffers in the short term; it would free up money currently spent on upkeep of facilities on an annual basis.
Council’s meeting on Monday, April 27, will begin at 7 p.m., inside council chamber at Uxbridge Town Hall, located at 51 Toronto St., South.
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