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Huron County's New Headquarters Could Be Located Outside Goderich

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

County Council has heard suggestions on possible sites near Clinton and Blyth

Huron County administration will likely get a new home, but not it's no longer certain that the new home will be in Goderich.

County Council Wednesday revisited the debate about relocating the offices and Council chamber, with possibly two other sites in mind.

In January, Council viewed plans for an energy-efficient, $41 million facility proposed for the former Victoria School property in Goderich.

Now, several Councillors are advocating a location in the Clinton area, citing its geographically central location.

Councillor Glen McNeil believes the complex should be in Goderich, which has Huron's largest population.

He uses the examples of Grey County, whose headquarters are in Owen Sound, and Wellington County's administration centre in Guelph.

Chief Administrative Officer Meighan Wark says the new Huron County headquarters would bring all departments under one roof, with an eye to fiscal responsibility.

County operations currently are housed in several locations across Huron.

She says County administration is open to all ideas for a new location.

Wark says a staff report on land acquisition proposals in Goderich, Clinton and Blyth will come before Council early in the fall.

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