Port Elgin Council Meeting, Sept. 2010
The most recent attempt to fix the leaking roof of the Port Elgin building that houses the Fire Hall, the Port Elgin Public Library and the Village offices was not successful. Councilor Joanna Trenholm said that the “Fire Hall and library are leaking like a sieve” and, frustrated by the recent unsuccessful attempts to fix the leaks, she concluded, “It’s a dump, it’s a terrible building”, to which Councilor Terry Legere said that the building “was older than you and I together”. Council agreed to tender out a roofing job with the specific request that it be a metal roof.
Librarian Kate Grigg’s reported to council that the Summer Reading Club at the Port Elgin Public Library was very successful with 33 children registered and 250 books read over the summer. The leaders of the Club, Rose Behar and Laura Fox, created 19 events that 176 people attended based on the theme of “See the World @ your Library”. Events coming up at the library include the Hackmatack Reading Club in which students from Grades 4- 6 can register at the library and vote for their favorite books, Wednesday Mornings Story Times at 10:30 am, and a Games Week from October 19-23 with games donated by Hasbro. Commencing the week of September 13th, the library returns to it is regular schedule, closed on Monday and open on Saturday.
Councilor Tanya Trenholm is making progress on her mission to build a park in downtown Port Elgin. Trenholm is in negotiation with the Trinity United Church to lease a parcel of unused park land on Church Street. Once the land is secured Trenholm is confident of her chances to procure grants towards the cost of the children’s park, which stands at approximately $116,000 including leveling the ground, fences, and the playground.
Councilor Terry Legere reported on dumping at the end of the circle at Harper Heights Road, including a massive television and some windows. Leger said that the area needed to be cleaned out and leveled. “We asked the trailer park to clean up their area, and now we have to clean up ours, but we are going to need two men to lift that television.”