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Fallbrook Update 38


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Since the last report, it has become evident that a direct transfer of the property is not going to be possible. In the run-up to the meeting of Feb. 13, your committee felt it best to emphasize the public/historical aspect of the project, with lease to residential the secondary use. This residential use is still very important, as it provides a superintendent/curator for the entire site, increased security and a steady revenue stream.

It was evident at the meeting that any ground gained was due in no small part to our greater local presence. Our local contingent of Wayne, Anne, Lloyd and Kate needs to be expanded for a variety of reasons.

To deal with re-structuring our organization, incorporation, membership ........ we need a general meeting. The McIntyres have volunteered to host again, and the date is Fri. Apr. 30 at 1:00 Agenda to follow.

Please give some thought to inviting some members we have not seen for a while.

Regards

Bill   for the FoF committee

The meeting of Apr. 13 was held at Devereaux House, with the following in attendance:

HHMC – CAO Denis Perlin (chair) Councillors Jane Fogal and Joan Robson
NEC - Dave Johnson
CVC - Eric Baldin, Mark Thompson , with CVC council rep. Joan Robson
Host and advisor – Ann Lawlor
FoF - Anne McIntyre, Lloyd McIintyre, Kate Murray, Bill McKay
Kate presented a summary of vision and intent (attached as ____________)

The combined historical/residential plan was well received by all parties, with what I would interpret as “agreement in principle” with numerous details to be resolved.

A summary of the positions of the various agencies:

HHMC - Mr. Perlin is most supportive and knowledgeable and will assist us in dealing with the planning departments of Halton Hills and Halton Region and with the process of severance and conveyance. Jane Fogal continues to be supportive, and reminds us we will still need a solid business plan to present to Council. Joan Robson expresses guarded enthusiasm for the project in its present form.

NEC – Mr. Johnson holds out hope that this proposal can be approved subject to an NEC development permit. This will also be reviewed by Halton Hills, Halton Region, and CVC. He also supports the concept that the site be developed using best “green” practice. (aerobic septic, geo-thermal, solar…….)

CVC – Joan Robson states that CVC objection to residential use was based on NEC policy. Perhaps this is an indirect way of saying they are OK with it now?

Eric Baldin and Mark Thompson remind us of a host of potential problems with the site:

a. access to mill and bridge difficult.

b. CVC has no cultural heritage mandate.

c. CVC does not wish to be a landlord. (note that our proposal relieves them of responsibility under b and c.)

d. in general CVC is interested in acquiring land as opposed to severing existing land.

e. severance may be subject to a maximum area restriction.

f. MNR has a new “300M setback from endangered species” policy

CVC staff present this list in a positive light as simply assisting us in complying with all requirements. A change of position at the top may result in this being the case.

One step in the right direction is that Mr. Baldin volunteers to open the building for a structural assessment early in the process. This is probably a good idea. It will require an engineering consultant, result in a certified statement and cost money, as will the site servicing plan and survey.

Other Developments

Incorporation – I have contacted Rob Leverty of OHS, and he has sent a package of information, application forms, sample constitutions and newsletters. Requirements for incorporation through OHS are:

  •  List of board of directors (min. 5 including Pres. Sec. Treas.)

  • Copy of constitution and by-laws

  • Brief history of group

  • List of proposed or up-coming activities and events

  • Current financial statement

  • Completed application

  • A copy of motion passed at a public meeting, authorizing the application for incorporation, signed by Pres. And Sec. and the meeting being attended by a representative of OHS.

This requires that our organization adopt a more formal structure. We will need to meet soon on this; perhaps we should have some of the other items on the list ready for adoption at that meeting.

Name – some question remains between North Halton Historical Society and North Halton Celtic Historical Society. This is not cast in stone yet, but will be once we incorporate. If you have a suggestion, now is the time to make it.

In the meantime, dialogue will continue with Mr Perlin and NEC, we will ready our business plan, and we need to broaden our local base.

Bill - for the FoF committee


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