As anticipated, our
case came before the Halton Hills Municipal Council last evening
(Sept. 27th). As it turned out, the motion before Council was to
defer the designation once again. This was in light of the CVC Board
motion, received by Council, not to sever property and to levy the
Region for costs incurred.
Anne McIntyre and Kate
Murray proceeded to give an excellent presentation of our current
Business Plan, which was well received by Council.
The motion was moved
by Councilor Fogal, who set the tone for discussion with a strong
expression of confidence in NHCHS and a penetrating critique of the
CVC “no sever….” position. The theme of the ensuing discussion was
that of support for deferral and ultimately designation. The stated
purpose of deferral was to allow Town staff an opportunity to review
the Plan, Some relevant points in the ensuing discussion:
- The rent collected
by CVC for several years on the property should have been used to
maintain the property.
- Support for
designation will be, on the part of some Councilors, dependant on at
least conditional securing of Trillium funds or the equivalent.
- A reminder of the
historical value of the site and building as the prime component of
- The impasse with CVC
must be resolved.
Our understanding, to
be confirmed, is that Halton Hills will lead the way in negotiation
Although this may not
be the best possible result for the Fallbrook project, it does have
some advantages in that we can fine-tune our Business Plan, and it
provides a potential means of resolving the ownership question.
In other news Rob
Leverty of the Ontario Historical Society informs me that all went
well regarding the approval of our incorporation at the OHS Board
meeting on Sat., and that all that remains to be done is
registration with the Province.
The current agenda of
NHCHS includes the following:
- Confirm and monitor
negotiations between HHMC and CVC
- Investigate funding
possibilities with the Scottish Studies Foundation.
- Discuss educational
components of the site with the School of Scottish Studies,
University of Guelph.
- Initiate funding
application with the Trillium Fund
- Develop an
educational vision, plan, and means of communication thereof. -
Develop a donation plan to recognize escalating levels of donation.
Your input is invited
at any time. Regards - Bill
Electric Scotland Note:
Halton Hills Council has made available a pdf report on the meeting
which includes the Business Plan which can be viewed