SCUGOG: Council is moving closer to deciding what they are going to do with Port Perry’s Old Mill.
At a meeting on Monday, March 6th, Council directed staff: to hire a contractor to install cross bracing inside the mill to keep the building safe; to prepare a 'request for proposal' for a design of a public square along the western portion of the grain elevator; and a 'request for interest', to invite those interested in leasing the main floor of the Old Mill to make a submission to the Township.
The request for proposal is expected to come to council for approval in April. Once the design is approved by council, councillors will consider the possibility of running a fundraiser. This fundraiser would involve the township accepting pledges for engraved stones.
With the request for interest, the Township is looking for submissions for tourist related uses such as a retail store, craft brewery, restaurant or winery.
The motion passed by council also states that subject to approval in a future budget, the Old Mill will be upgraded to meet Ontario building code requirements. Council’s goal is to start construction in 2018. It is estimated to cost about $500,000 for the Township to bring the building up to code.
According to a structural condition assessment, done for the Township by Greer Galloway Group Inc., the cross bracing is expected to cost the township approximately $1,000.
“We would like to get something done. Its been 10 years with everything just sitting,” Ward 3 Councillor Don Kett said.
Mayor Tom Rowett explained that he would like to have something done on the mill before the end of council’s term.