Thursday, March 4, 2021

Wallaceburg Community Hub meeting set for March 11

A public meeting has been scheduled to discuss a potential Community Hub in Wallaceburg.

Councillor Aaron Hall said a public information session is taking place on Wednesday, March 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Wallaceburg Municipal Centre, 2nd Floor Board Room.

“Councillor Carmen McGregor and I will be joined by Municipality of Chatham-Kent staff in order to continue engaging with the community about the idea,” Hall posted on social media.

“Any person, community group, business or organization that is interested in taking part in this discussion is encouraged to attend. We are still in the information gathering and brainstorming stage and this will be an opportunity to have your ideas, thoughts and comments documented and included in the process.”

Hall said engagement with the community on the topic has been on-going.

“Councillor McGregor, Mayor Darrin Canniff and I have already met with several groups and people so far and we’re all looking forward to keeping the momentum moving forward and making the picture look more clear,” he said.

Hall entered a notice of motion at the Monday, November 4, Council meeting, asking administration to investigate and provide options to Council about building a new facility in Wallaceburg, or retrofitting an existing building within the community.

“Multiple community groups and organizations in Wallaceburg have expressed an interest and need for a new space and location in order to fully maximize their goals,” Hall said in his motion.

“These groups focus on a wide spectrum within the community, including: arts, music, seniors and inclusiveness.”

Hall added one of Council’s strategic priorities is to look at the current facility asset inventory.

“And consider alternative and better uses for these facilities,” Hall said in his motion.

“The use of public/private partnerships and other partnerships with community groups are ways to move the community forward in a fiscally responsible way.”

When the motion was discussed at Council on November 18, Chatham Councillor Doug Sulman entered a successful motion to refer the motion back to administration for more public consultation.

Here is some more background:

More public consultation sought for ‘Community Hub’ concept

‘Community Hub’ being proposed for Wallaceburg

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