Petition asks Huron East to reallocate funds to arena - April 5, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Local resident Dan Fritz has created a petition asking that Huron East Council reallocate $150,000 from the sale of the former Brussels Public School as seed money for needed renovations at the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre.
Fritz’s claim stems from a December, 2017 decision by Huron East Council to allocate proceeds of $150,000 from the sale of the former Brussels Public School into the municipality’s general reserve. This went against a staff recommendation that proposed the community centre as an appropriate destination for the funds. Chief Administrative Officer Brad Knight suggested that, because the closure of the school was such a major loss for the community, it would be appropriate for the funds from the sale of the building to remain in the community.
Council, instead, decided to allocate the funds to general reserves, where they could be used for anything throughout the municipality, based on the direction of council.
“To the Council of the Municipality of Huron East: Whereas the Council of the Municipality of Huron East elected to designate the $150,000 proceeds from the sale of the former Brussels Public School towards the municipality’s general funds and whereas these funds would have made an excellent seed for the proposed upgrades to the Brussels arena and whereas we feel that the revenue generated from the sale of the former Brussels Public School should stay in the community and be used to upgrade our arena,” the petition reads, “therefore we feel that the Council of the Municipality of Huron East should revoke their decision and designate the funds from the sale of the former Brussels Public School towards the proposed renovations of the Brussels arena.”
In an interview with The Citizen, Fritz said that while it’s all well and good that community members and service groups are prepared to step up to the plate and contribute towards proposed renovations at the community centre, the municipality, too, should do its part.
Fritz says that he and several other volunteers plan to canvass the Brussels and Grey wards for signatures over the next two weekends. Petitions will be placed at Turning Heads and Making Waves and McDonald Home Hardware.
He plans to present the petition at the April 16 public meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the community centre. The meeting aims to bring together residents and users of the centre to discuss funding options for the potential expansion and renovation of the centre, which is roughly slated to cost $750,000.
If you are interested in signing the petition, or helping out, and you are not contacted over the weekend, contact Fritz at 519-357-7372 or by e-mail at email@example.com.