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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Residents Want Legal Advice Over Rectory

Southampton | by Bayshore News Staff  

A group wants to know if Bruce County is in breach of trust over rectory in Southampton.

A growing group of concerned Saugeen Shores citizens is unhappy with Bruce County and its proposed plans for the former Anglican Church Rectory on the corner of Victoria and High Street in Southampton, and are taking legal action.

Laura Robinson of Saugeen Shores and her group have retained lawyers and are alleging there could be a possible breach of  contract, when it comes to the Will and money used from the $500,000 Bruce and Howard Krug (KROOG) endowment fund.

Robinson, who states she was friends with the late Krug Brothers, says  "I believe it is possible that it is a breach of trust and therefore the county needs to hire an independent expert law firm to investigate to see whether or not they have committed or will commit breach of trust if they demolish the rectory."

The County purchased the property to allow for the adjacent Bruce County museum to expand its archival department.

Robinson says in 2014 a Museum Committee recommended money from the Estate be placed in a Reserve Fund and funds received would only be used for the purposes of the Bruce County Archives in accordance with  the provisions contained in the Krug Will. If there was refusal to use the legacy for the purpose designated in the Will, such legacy would lapse and fall into the residue of Krug's estate.

Robinson says the Krug Fund was only for the archives build but she feels if, in the process, they demolish the former rectory then they waste the $500,000 in funds.

She says to use the bequeathed money to demolish the rectory would  be "an insult" to the Krug Brothers memory, who were known to care deeply about history, the environment and churches.

Robinson states: "No one is above the law and that includes the County of Bruce. (Demolishing the structure) may not be criminal but it is one of the most immoral acts I can think of."

Bruce County representatives, when contacted by Bayshore Broadcasting News, declined comment as the issue is an ongoing legal matter.


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