Old VIC head­ing down the road

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS - By Nick Moase

The power of in­for­ma­tion, as well as the voice of con­stituents, gave the Re­gion of Queens Sec­ond thoughts about not sell­ing the old Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre.

Last week, The Ad­vance re­ported the old VIC was not go­ing to be sold, be­cause the build­ing had sal­vage­able parts. Brad Rowter, Di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing and Works, told coun­cil there was about $1,000 worth of ma­te­rial, and would cost $250 for them to tear down. Two bids, $2 and $25, were re­jected for be­ing too low.

Since Com­mit­tee of the Whole how­ever, coun­cil­lors de­cided that was not the best course of action.

Counc. Bruce Inglis spoke in favour of sell­ing the build­ing dur­ing Com­mit­tee of the Whole, and voiced his con­cern again in Coun­cil.

Counc. Inglis says the Re­gion is try­ing to lead by ex­am­ple by fol­low­ing three R’s. He added they didn’t know the real cost of stor­ing the re­us­able parts, tear­ing the rest down, and the un­nec­es­sary space used in the land­fill. “I’m not con­vinced it’s worth it.” Other coun­cil­lors heard from their con­stituents on the is­sue, many speak­ing in favour of sell­ing the build­ing.

Counc. Owen Ham­lin voted against sell­ing the build­ing orig­i­nally, but says in light

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Take one last look. Coun­cil de­cided to sell the old Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter last Mon­day, and by the week­end it was on a trailer ready to be moved. The new own­ers, T&J De­lany, hoped to have it moved to its new lo­ca­tion by Sun­day morn­ing.

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