Donwood Community Centre may be closed
by Terry McQuitty
A Douro-Dummer landmark may shut its doors after years of service to the community.
In July of this year staff were notified of some concerns regarding the Donwood Community Centre. These concerns included cleanliness and moisture levels within the building.
Douro-Dummer contracted Stephen Collette of Your Healthy Home and Superior Disaster Kleenup to test the air quality and potential of mold within the building.
A report was submitted to the Township which outlined the work which must be done in order to bring the building up to standard.
The work included removal of all wallboard, insulation, ceilings and cabinets. Once all the above is removed clean-up would commence.
Collette pointed out that more work might be necessary once the building was gutted, but there is no way to speculate on the scope of work at this point.
The total cost estimate for the renovation given by Your Healthy Home was $164,847 with the potential of going higher. This includes work that must be done according to the environmental standards that will come in to effect on January 1, 2014 and accessibility regulations that must be adhered to in municipal buildings.
Brian Millett, Manager of Recreation Facilities explained in his report to council that from January 2013 to date the Donwood Community Centre has realized $4,388 in revenue and has expensed $7,544 which leaves a operating deficit of $3,156.
Millett also pointed out that since February 2011 there have been only 87 rentals at the facility with 83 being rented for Jack and Jills. The facility has only been rented nine times by citizens of the Township with all other rentals coming from people outside the community.
Millett’s recommendation based on the costs to remediate the building along with the declining usage is to close the facility permanently and remove the building from the property.
Council understands the issue, but realizes that it is an important part of the community. Mayor J. Murray Jones pointed out that many people worked many hours to keep the facility in operation.
This being said council agreed to host a public meeting prior to December 1 to help determine the future of the Donwood Community Centre.
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