Cum­ber­land County mov­ing its Parrsboro ser­vice cen­tre

Safety con­cerns arise from fire in­spec­tion of 160-year-old build­ing

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY -

Safety con­cerns have led the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cum­ber­land to move its Parrsboro ser­vice cen­tre to a new lo­ca­tion.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­cently an­nounced the cen­tre, that was the for­mer home of Parrsboro town hall, is be­ing moved to a tem­po­rary workspace on the same prop­erty at 4030 East­ern Ave. in mid-Novem­ber.

“Safety of our staff and pub­lic is our top pri­or­ity and was the de­ter­min­ing fac­tor in ini­ti­at­ing this re­lo­ca­tion,” county CAO Ren­nie Bu­g­ley said.

The 160-year-old build­ing has been home to the com­mu­nity’s mu­nic­i­pal of­fice since 1952. A re­cent fire in­spec­tion iden­ti­fied de­fi­cien­cies that were cause for con­cern for its con­tin­ued use by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Cum­ber­land County plans to ar­range a third-party as­sess­ment of the build­ing in the com­ing months. This as­sess­ment will pro­vide the mu­nic­i­pal­ity the in­for­ma­tion on de­ter­min­ing its fu­ture.

A com­mit­tee of staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers was formed this fall to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of a multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity in Parrsboro. A re­place­ment for the ser­vice cen­tre has been dis­cussed as part of that pro­posed cen­tre.

Any ser­vice dis­rup­tions re­lat­ing to the re­lo­ca­tion will be an­nounced on the county’s web­site and through the me­dia.

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