The facts are as follows:
The town paid $2. 3 million dollars for renovations. THe Historical Society spent several hundred thousand dollars before. A team of modern young artchitects designed a state of the art heritage facility . A special fire extinguisher system to protect artifacts was installed.
KAthy Malloy, curator for a very short time, was successful in obtaining $750,000 grant from Heritage Ontario that paid for the heating and a specialty air conditioning system .
Hundreds of volunteer hours were contributed to gut the interior to original walls and ceilings.
Manyattended the school for their entire elementary experience. It was a labour of love.
When it was done the Mormac gang , including John Gallo, took it away from them and gave it to a friend.
Millions of dollars were spent on the building in the years before the final renovation. The bell tower was rebuilt and replaced since. All of it for a single purpose and vision with support from the community.
The Culture crowd were to provide a heritage program .
The building was given to them rent free. Entire maintenance provided by the town in the first year the estimated was $147.000.
The Department of National Defence pays annual rent of $31,000 for a facility having nothing like the public investment. Initial costs have probably not been recovered yet by rent payments.
GIving that building away to Chris Ballard's friends ,led to a cost of $26 million for a new joint facility to house town parks with works.
It's hard to argue the town's interest has been served by any of these machinations by this council and the previous two.
Easy to understand why the culture board is ever willing to deny the obvious.
But the facts are there and irrefutable.
User fees to residents using facilities operated by the town are based on cost of operating the facility.
It includes maintenance. Soccer fields, baseball diamonds, ice arenas, fitness facilities... None are free.
Taxpayers are not expected to lay the cost of operating the facility.
The last comment on this issue is not valid.