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Monday, July 17, 2017

Meaford Library Considers Moving

Meaford | by Vanessa Culbert  

Meaford Council is looking at options for renovating the existing building or moving the library.

The Meaford Public Library could be on the move.

The current building -- on Trowbridge Street -- has barriers to accessibility, raising concerns for both health and safety, and large maintenance costs.

Mayor Barb Clumpus says council received an update on an analysis on the options of the library.

Clumpus says council approved a motion to have another study done to look at considering the location where the former Foodland was.

She says the owner of the building has been negotiating with staff, however, they don't want to sell the building outright.

Clumpus says the owner would be willing to enter into a 10-year lease agreement with the municipality with the option for the municipality to buy the building at the end.

Staff have been looking at the option very carefully, but felt a study was necessary to look at what lease hold improvements were required to turn the building into a library.

Clumpus says an architect will now make drawings of the building, and look at what contributions the landlord would be willing to make towards those upgrades.

She says they are also looking at the OPP building on Sykes Street as another possibility to the library.

Clumpus says that location is one level and already had studies done on what needs to be improved.

There is also an option of putting an addition and renovating the existing building.

The next report should be back by the fall.

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