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Friday, March 8, 2019

County Still Plans To Demolish Rectory

Southampton | by John Divinski  

Bruce County Warden says the space is needed for archives.

The future plan for the former Anglican Church Rectory in Southampton is still to get rid of it.

The subject came up at a Bruce County Executive Committee in camera meeting.

When it came time to report publicly, nothing of substance was said.

But in talking to County Warden Mitch Twolan afterwards he says right now the direction to staff is to have the former rectory removed.

But nobody wants to move the building in tact, so that can only mean demolition and Warden Twolan concurs.

The building, at Victoria and High Streets in Southampton, is on property now owned by the county and was purchased with the idea of extending the archives section of neighbouring Bruce County Museum.

A letter to council from the President of Branch 155, Royal Canadian Legion in Southampton, John Willetts, was exploring perhaps the option of leaving the building where it is to be taken over by Legion as their future new home.

The letter didn't come up for discussion at the council meeting, except as a letter of many under the communications title.

Twolan says, "For the expansion of the archives, we need that space and the house (former rectory) is not part of that space."

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