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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Preserving Meaford History

Meaford | by James Greensmith  

Meaford to develop Heritage Conservation Plan to ensure old buildings are protected.

Meaford wants to ensure its historical buildings are protected.

A Heritage Conservation District plan will soon be in the works.

With the recent demolition of the old Grant's Lumber Mill still fresh in their minds, Meaford Councillors are calling for new measures to protect heritage buildings.

At Monday's Council meeting -- Councillor Barb Clumpus brought forward a resolution to add 25 thousand dollars to the budget for a conservation plan.

Mayor Francis Richardson says money will be granted to owners of heritage buildings as an incentive to repair them and get them up to code.

Richardson says they hope it will encourage owners to offer up some money of their own for restoration projects.

Another option is to offer tax breaks on the increased assessment of their property.

Some of the 25 thousand dollars will also be set aside for a consultants report.

Richardson notes the Heritage Conservation District plan will be an extension of their Community Improvement Plan.

He says this will ensure Meaford's Heritage Buildings are saved from demolition.

Richardson adds they will next discuss the plan during upcoming budget talks, and then consult the owners of historical properties.

 

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