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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New Wasaga Library on Hold

Wasaga Beach | by Catherine Thompson  

Council votes to think about site some more before finalizing details.

A new Wasaga Beach library will not be "shovel ready" should there be government grant money coming in the near future.

The project has no set location yet.

Library Board Chair Debbie Grant made a presentation to council Tuesday night and asked councillors to approve, in principle, the location of a new library on land donated at the Stonebridge Town Centre.

But Mayor Cal Patterson said during the meeting he can't grant that request because there are two new councillors this term and proper council discussions need to take place.

Patterson told Bayshore Broadcasting News after the meeting that the library was making a deputation and no decisions are made until a motion is put forward at a later date.

Grant says she's disappointed.

She says Stonebridge was one of four sites looked at and it was deemed the best because of its high visibility, good access, municipal services are in place and the land is being offered free from the developer for just a tax receipt.

She adds, committee of the whole approved the location in February, 2010, but a number of people voiced objection to a new library at Stonebridge during the last municipal election.

Patterson says that's why more discussions are needed around other possible locations. He adds the library will come up again in budget talks.


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