Eagleson responds to bWDsb’ s proposal to move their offices
The latest move by the bluewater district school board to look into moving the board’s administration centre out of chesley got little response from arranelderslie council.
Trustees voted to have staff explore the possibility of converting an unused school in owen sound into the administration centre. The plan is to then sell the current building and use the money to pay off the outstanding ($6.7 million) mortgage left on the building.
a brief discussion by arran-elderslie councillors was prompted by information provided by a councillor, but wasn’t on agenda as an item of discussion.
councillors want to save their comment until there is more development on that proposal.
however, outside the council chambers, mayor Paul eagleson, said he was “pleased” that the school board is looking into ways to save public money but unsure how it could find savings on the administration building.
“We’re a little bit dumbfounded on how they could realize the savings, but ,yet , i ’ve got to give them credit for looking, i guess,” said eagleson, adding he’s not concerned at this time saying he’s not sure how it’s all going to work out in the board’s favour to move the centre.
“We’re not going to get revved up and fight to save the centre until it becomes closer to being an actual reality. . . i don’t see how that is possibly going to happen,” he said.
eagleson said renovating an unused school in owen sound would be costly and there is no guarantee that a buyer could be found for the chesley building.
“What are they going to do with that building; leave it empty? They still have to pay the mortgage,” he said.
eagleson said he doesn’t think the building will sit empty for long.
“maybe they have someone interested already,” he speculated.