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Monday, May 9, 2011

Contact Centre Future Discussed

Collingwood | by Catherine Thompson  

Fitness Centre closed since September but back on Council agenda tonight.

Trails and a few town property matters are on the agenda for tonight's Collingwood council meeting.

One of the properties is a heritage building.

Council will hear a deputation on the future of the former Connaught School on Napier Street.

The aging building is currently home to the Collingwood Fitness Centre also known as the Contact Centre.

The East Ward/Connaught Citizens' Committee will be presenting a petition to council.

The Centre was closed in late September after an inspection found there was a lot of repair work that needed to be done.

In October, Council authorized work to be done right away to fix the leaking roof, but the future of the building is still up in the air.

Also at tonight's meeting, council will decide whether to continue to use a realtor to sell surplus town properties and only use members of the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board.

From buildings to trails, council will consider naming a trail in the Shipyards development "Dunbar's Lookout Trail".  That's after retired Leisure Services Director Peter Dunbar who was instrumental in developing the town's trail system.

The trail runs along the berm between North Maple Street and the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

At last week's meeting, council approved raising building permit fees.

You'll now have to pay 85 cents per square foot on a single family home.  That's up from 55 cents.

Officials say that's still the lowest in Simcoe County.

And there could be a community garden at Sunset Point. Health officials and community groups presented the proposal for a 10 by 10 plot on the west side of the Enviropark.


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