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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mixed Views for Walkerton Jail

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

Some Brockton Councillors want to keep the jail, others say too costly.

Bruce County's offer to sell the Walkerton Jail to Brockton for one dollar has received a mixed reaction among Brockton Council.

Some fear the County is simply trying to unload a white elephant while others believe it may very well be a golden opportunity.

Councillor Kym Hutcheon says Brockton's Heritage Committee wants to save the jail.

She tells Bayshore Broadcasting News they are looking at a few ideas -- one includes making the jail a museum that would open from May to September to keep heating costs down.

Hutcheon calls the jail a historic building that should not be torn down.

Councillor Jeff White however fears the costs to bring the 1866 building up to code could be incredible.

He says the one dollar purchase price may look very good on paper -- but when its all said and done -- the jail could end up costs the taxpayers a hefty amount.

Mayor David Inglis invites interested groups and individuals to come forward with a business plan as to what they would like to do with the jail.

He adds Council will make a decision once they have a better idea of the costs to keep the jail open.


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