Future of Clearview halls now in hands of boards, engineering firm

Clearview Township councillors should know the full extent of the cost to fix up the municipality’s six community halls by the end of the year.

The township’s general manager of parks, culture and recreation, Terry Vachon, will now work with the six hall boards and the municipality’s consulting engineering firm R.J. Burnside & Associates to review the list of AODA-required renovations, identify any components that can be modified from the township’s Facility Accessible Design Standards and add on any other required renovations to each hall.

Those renovations, Vachon said, could include upgrades to kitchens, fire ventilation systems for commercial kitchens, additional outside accessible washrooms and septic tank upgrades.

“The proposed timelines to complete the (review) process is approximately three to four months,” Vachon told Simcoe.com.

The cost of the review is estimated at $40,000, and was added to the 2021 budget.

“We’re going to be as frugal as we can with the costs of engineering,” he said.

Council will receive the results by the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, and Vachon anticipated the capital costs of renovations would be part of the 2022 budget deliberations.

At a meeting on Aug. 30, councillors received the reports on the community halls in Duntroon and Dunedin, the final two to be reviewed.

In two special meetings held earlier in August, council received recommendations regarding the halls in Avening, Brentwood, Nottawa and Sunnidale, ranging from adding accessible washrooms and elevators to — in Nottawa’s case — the potential of tearing the building down and building a new facility.

It would cost approximately $5 million based on a “modified” scope of renovations to bring all six halls in line with the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The costs do not include other renovations such as fire safety and electrical upgrades.

Council has already supported a motion in principle to commit to either fixing up or replacing all six halls.

Some of the hall boards have committed to fundraising for the upgrades, to varying degrees. The township had been looking for a 25 per cent commitment, but Vachon noted the halls — such as in Dunedin’s case — are “willing to fundraise to the best of their ability,” but coming up with the full one-quarter share would be difficult.

Still, council was very much onside to preserve the building in Dunedin.

“It’s a lovely hall,” said Ward 6 Coun. Connie Leishman. “I would hate to lose it, so let’s do what we can to save it.”

The only question remaining about the Dunedin hall is whether any expansion to the facility will require approvals from the Niagara Escarpment Commission and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.

The hall board in Duntroon has offered up some in-house architectural services for their facility.

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