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DD: No money for Med Centre water

by Terry McQuitty

The Morton Community Healthcare Centre is looking for funds to access the Lakefield water tower on Strickland St.

Douro-Dummer council discussed the request for approximately $144,000 to access potable water that would be split equally between Selwyn Township and Douro-Dummer.

David Paterson, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Morton Community Healthcare Centre stated in the letter that they are seeking funds from the Townships so that the medical centre can direct their resources to expand services, possibly even to include dialysis.

Selwyn had previously approved the hook-up to the municipal water source, but stated that the cost of the connection must be borne by the medical centre.

Councillor Ray Johnston told Douro-Dummer council that the request must be taken seriously, but there is no way the Township could shoulder the costs on their own.

CAO David Clifford told council that the $72,000 ask by the medical centre would cause an approximate increase of two per cent in taxes for the coming year.

Mayor J. Murray Jones stated that Douro-Dummer has gone to the wall on the medical centre project. The Township donated $200,000, covered planning costs and has waived municipal taxes since the centre was built.

Council agreed that the Township would still build the road, but the medical centre would be responsible for the water.

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