Ea­gle­son re­sponds to bWDsb’ s pro­posal to move their of­fices

Shoreline Beacon - - News -

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.

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