INVERHURON COMMUNITY PAVILION
By JENNIFER SCHLEICH
A place to gather and host community events is all the Inverhuron community wants, and it just might get it in the form of a pavilion at the Upper Park, after a request by Mel McGuigan, Marelle Evans and John Dickson of the Inverhuron and District Ratepayers Association.
"It's been our hope over the years to have a place to gather and we hope it comes to fruition that we can build a pavilion for the seniors and young people," said McGuigan to Municipality of Kincardine council on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
The pavilion would be approximately 40ft x 80ft and feature public washrooms, something the Inverhuron community currently lacks and which would be an asset to the hamlet.
"There has been a great deal of interest in having public washrooms because there are none in Inverhuron and the community does have a need to meet and play together," said councillor Maureen Couture, who was happy to hear about the proposal.
The pavilion is being proposed for Upper Park, at the corner of Bruce Road 15 and Albert St., as opposed to McIntyre Park due to the increase in traffic they will cause.
"It's better to have washrooms at the Upper Park in terms of traffic. McIntyre Park is a small quiet space where families can trust their small children to go play, we don't want to increase traffic there. There is more parking at Upper Park and visitors can park there and change, then walk down to the beach," said Evans.
Council was very supportive of the proposal, as Inverhuron hasn't asked for any monetary funds from council since amalgamation and has been much neglected over the past several years.
"I support this, but it may be a two to three year thing. Inverhuron deserves a lot more attention in terms of infrastructure they've received in the past. They've been very patient," said councillor Ken Craig.
The IDRA have already established a committee to handle the project, and according to Mayor Larry Kraemer a few councillors will join the committee to help see it along.
Aside from washrooms, the facility will boast storage, a meeting space with a movable wall, a kitchen, open space for community events and roll down shutters to enclose the space.
The 480 residents of Inverhuron will be able to use the space for washrooms, an emergency shelter, social space for events such as Children's Day, yard sales, the IDRA Corn Roast IDRA meetings, family reunions, picnics, young adult activities, music concerts, open air movies and club events.
The IDRA requested the use of the $22,000 recreation reserve fun for a tennis court project in Inverhuron which never went forward, as well they will participate in community fundraising and will also seek other government grants for the project.
"The estimated cost of the project is approximately $220,000, which would include site preparation, the building, services to the building and a gravel parking area. We know of a couple Ontario grants which would be available to us," said McGuigan.
Council will discuss the possible pavilion further during the Planning and Corporate Services meeting this week on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Municipal Administration Centre at 5 p.m. As with all council meetings the public is welcome to attend for more information.
Steering Committee to include
Year round residents Mel McGuigan and John Dixon,
Cottagers Bill Stewart, Drew Robertson and Marelle Evans.
Council Ken Craig and Randy Roppel and Anne Eadie is to be alternate.
Kincardine council was shocked at the $1-million price tag on the proposal for a new pavilion in Inverhuron.
In committee-of-the-whole last night (Oct. 17), Drew Robertson of the pavilion committee made the presentation, noting the structure would be located in the southwest corner of the park at Albert Road and Bruce County Road 15.
He said a community survey, done through regular mail and E-mail, showed a favourable response for the pavilion.
"Inverhuron has the second largest community in the Municipality of Kincardine and it is growing," he said, "but we are lacking a place to gather."
Engineer Larry Walton of NA Engineering in Kincardine, explained that his firm was retained to do the conceptual drawings and floor plans for the project.
Showing two options for the design of the 5,500-square-foot pavilion, Walton indicated that both would allow for 150-person occupancy, and include a meeting room, kitchen, accessible washrooms, large multi-function space, and a roofed exterior area.
Robertson said the cost of the pavilion is estimated at $170-$210 per square foot, when compared to other similar buildings.
That puts the total cost at $850,000 to $1.05-million for the building, plus the cost of stormwater management, service tie-ins, land issues, and furnishings.
Robertson said the municipality would be expected to fund the majority of the structure, supplemented by grants and fund-raising. He noted that several area businesses have expressed an interest in assisting with community projects.
The municipality had budgeted $25,000 for the conceptual design and planning phase which included a legal survey of the property, preliminary layout and floor plans, promotional materials such as billboards and advertising, and surveys to assess additional needs of the facility.
To date, the committee has spent $10,000, said Robertson.
The next step, he said, is to receive approval from council for the concept of building a pavilion at Inverhuron, followed by approval for $75,000 in funding for a detailed design. From there, a budget would be set for construction in 2013.
Councillor Kenneth Craig said he liked the conceptual drawing and appreciated the hard work done by the committee. However, he was unable to support construction of this building next year based on the number of priorities that council is already facing in the 2013 budget year.
Councillor Randy Roppel said the committee is a group of dedicated individuals that has spent a lot of time on this project. He admitted the price is shocking, but said there are a few issues council must address, such as giving a clear indication of interest to move this project forward to the detailed design stage.
Councillor Jacqueline Faubert said the municipality has three buildings that it is unsure what to do with now, those being the Kincardine Arts Centre, Annex, and the Whitney Crawford Community Centre in Tiverton.
"We need to have a special meeting and make some decisions about those buildings first," she said. "I know you need the support of council so you can start writing grant applications. There are a lot of decisions that need to be made and they're wrapped up in this decision."
"I think we need to incorporate the Inverhuron Pavilion in with the discussions about those other buildings," said deputy mayor Anne Eadie.
She noted that she attended a pavilion committee meeting and the building was more of an open picnic shelter with washrooms and kitchen facilities.
"I'm in favour of this proposal, it's a wonderful idea," said councillor Ron Coristine. "I'm also aware that there are a number of buildings we own that we've not done well in maintaining and now we're playing catch-up on them. It's just a matter of when and how (with this project)."
Mayor Larry Kraemer said he also recalled the original proposal for the Inverhuron Pavilion as being a simpler facility. He added that there are two year-round facilities within six miles of Inverhuron - one in Tiverton and the other in Underwood.
"I think the original concept of an outdoor pavilion would draw more people," he said, "because there is no such facility in Tiverton or Underwood."
He stressed that the 2013 budget will be brutal and this project needs to be viewed alongside the others on the list.
Faubert asked how many of the residents of Inverhuron are seasonal and how many are permanent?
Robertson said that from the survey, there were 489 residents and of those, 150 were seasonal. "We have a lot of seasonal residents becoming permanent."
Marelle Evans, a member of the pavilion committee, said the people who live in Inverhuron would not use an open shelter as much as a year-round structure.
"Initially, we were going to start with an open place and close it in later," she said, "but after the survey, we decided to set it up as a year-round structure from the start."
Evans said council is looking at rebuilding the old community centre in Tiverton. "We're proposing a new building in Inverhuron, and just as Inverhuron residents could go to Tiverton, Tiverton residents could go to the Inverhuron facility. Then, you could plan a new building for Tiverton."
Again, Kraemer cautioned council that it will be a tight budget year in 2013.
Eadie said she thought council was going to hold a special meeting to discuss the arts centre, annex and community centre in Tiverton. Also at that meeting would be a list of all the buildings the municipality owns, so council could make informed decisions and some recommendations leading up to the budget talks.
"I thought we would be prioritizing the buildings and taking all that information to budget before making any final decisions," said Kraemer.
"Why don't we include the Inverhuron Pavilion project with our special meeting and move on?" asked councillor Mike Leggett.
Council agreed. It also agreed that no further money would be approved for the pavilion project until after budget talks.
By Sarah Sutter,
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The cost of the proposed Inverhuron Community Pavilion gave councillors resulted in a case of sticker shock for Municipality of Kincardine councillors.
Drew Roberston and Marelle Evans of the Inverhuron Community Pavilion Committee spoke to councillors at the Oct. 17 meeting of council, where they presented plans for the proposed facility and a corresponding budget of about one million dollars.
Plans for the building require 5,500 square feet, and include kitchen, accessible washrooms, multi-purpose gathering area and covered exterior. As presented, the pavilion could accommodate 150 people and would be suitable for year-round use.
Councillor Ken Craig was the first to voice concerns about the facility's cost.
"I'm very impressed with what I've seen, but I'm not sure how it fits into the budget," Craig said. "To say I would support it in next year's budget would be false. Craig also said he acknowledged Inverhuron "has had no significant infrastructure."
Councillor Randy Roppel agreed with Craig the price tag could hinder progress being made.
"It's shocking to see the price," he said. Roppel also urged his fellow councillors to reach a consensus on support for the project, so the planning stage might continue.
"Council needs to give clear direction if they support this," he said. "I'd like to go to a detailed design stage. I know we're looking at other projects, but they're all part of the same picture."
In response, councillor Jacqueline Faubert requested a proposed special meeting to address municipally-owned buildings in the area be scheduled within the next 45 days, with the pavilion project to be added to the list of projects under consideration.
"We have a number of buildings we now own we haven't been so good at maintaining," said councillor Ron Coristine. "We now have some major catch-up to do."
Mayor Larry Kraemer suggested costs could be slashed if the pavilion was planned as a seasonal facility, citing the existence of two other all-weather community centres within the area as meeting the need for a winterized gathering spot.
"We have two facilities within six miles that serve the purpose. I think the outdoor, more seasonal concept would serve," Kraemer said. "I think we have a brutal budgeting season ahead. I myself like the original proposal."
By Barb McKay
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Kincardine council has added yet another municipal facility to its list of potential renovation and building projects, even as it prepares to enter a challenging budget year.
Members of the Inverhuron Community Pavilion committee attended Kincardine's council meeting last week to update council on plans for a pavilion in the park at Road 15 and Albert Road. The committee first made the request for a facility last November. At the time, the pavilion was to include a covered outdoor space, public washrooms, a small kitchen and storage space. The project cost was estimated at $220,000. In its 2012 budget, Kincardine allocated $25,000 to survey the property and come up with preliminary plans.
Last Wednesday the committee presented two new design plans, this time with a large indoor multi-functional space and meeting room, which put the pavilion at roughly 5,500 square feet. The building would cost between $850,000 and $1.05 million. The committee asked council to approve $75,000 in funding for detailed designs and costing for the project. Committee member Marelle Evans said the majority of residents surveyed said they thought they would get more use out of a year-round facility. Fellow member Drew Robertson said Inverhuron is seeing a growing number of baby boomers and young families move into the community who are looking for things to do. "The community is lacking a place for people to gather for events," he said, adding that he can remember a time when Inverhuron had a pavilion and family dances were held every weekend.
"We miss those dances and the sense of community they brought."
With a number of large infrastructure project looming on the horizon, the idea of adding another $1 million project to the list left many councillors with mixed feelings.
"I'm sure it scared the bejeepers out of many of us to look at numbers like that," said councillor Ken Craig, adding that he couldn't support adding the project to the budget at this time but noted it should be considered. "It's time we do something. It may be a longer process than we'd like it to be, but we need to start something."
Earlier this month councillors and senior municipal staff toured the Kincardine Centre for the Arts, the Annex and the Whitney Crawford Community Complex in Tiverton after receiving an engineer's report that pointed to millions of dollars in repairs and upgrades that may be necessary. Municipal staff is in the process of creating a report that will prioritize work to be done over the short term and long term. Following that, council will hold a special meeting to discuss the facilities prior to the 2013 budget. The Inverhuron pavilion will now be part of that discussion.
Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer told council it should tread carefully when looking at additional capital projects.
"I'd caution council, it's (2013) going to be a tight year."
He reminded the committee that Inverhuron residents have the use of nearby facilities in Tiverton and Underwood for indoor use.
"I, myself, liked the original proposal," he said, adding that he thought an outdoor pavilion would get more use, particularly with seasonal residents.
Evans said it would cost nearly $1 million to rebuild the Whitney Crawford Community Centre, when Inverhuron has gone for so long without a facility.
"Just as people from Inverhuron go to Tiverton now, people from Tiverton could come to Inverhuron just as easily," she said.
Council decided that it couldn't allocate funds for the next design phase of the pavilion project until it is looked at further at budget time.
By Liz Dadson
Even a scaled-down version of a proposed Inverhuron Pavilion may be too rich for Kincardine's 2013 budget.
In committee-of-the-whole last night (Jan. 23), the project steering committee's recommendation was read to council by recreation director Karen Kieffer. Committee chairperson Marelle Evans could not attend due to inclement weather.
The proposed pavilion dates back to November, 2011, with the original presentation of a picnic shelter and washrooms.
In the spring of 2012, council endorsed the project and approved $25,000 for a conceptual design and promotion of the structure.
Evans states that in the summer of 2012, a community survey was done of year-round and seasonal residents, and comments suggested an open shelter and restrooms would be used more by visitors than residents.
"We then considered a year-round community centre," she writes. "A steering committee of eight residents, along with the aid of three council representatives and the director of parks and recreation, guided this process." By the fall of 2012, NA Engineering produced two design proposals which were presented to council. At $1-million, the cost was considerably higher than the original concept.
Council, therefore, suggested the committee go back to the drawing board and come up with a less-expensive, simpler concept.
In her proposal last night, Evans states the conceptual drawings show a structure similar to the original drawing which includes an open shelter area, handicapped- accessible washrooms, heated kitchen that doubles as a meeting room (available year-round), and a central hallway that would accommodate the future addition of an enclosed area.
The price tag this time was $420,000, an estimate based on 3,216 square feet, said Kieffer.
Evans writes that this budget-conscious design considers future development and expansion to include the growing Inverhuron community. "Please take into consideration that a project such as this that does not include the kitchen/meeting area, will be less of a benefit to the permanent Inverhuron community and will make fund-raising efforts more difficult and less productive."
The committee asked council to approve funding for this project, and decide on basic design requirements. Then grants can be researched, business and local contractors approached for contributions, and fund-raisers planned. In-kind contributions are also available, writes Evans.
Kieffer said the committee would like this proposal on the list of capital projects for the 2013 budget.
"Let's see, we have zero dollars in the capital budget for this project," said councillor Kenneth Craig, "same as the Whitney Crawford Community Centre development, same as the annex upgrades, and same as 707 Queen (Kincardine Arts Centre) except for the mould remediation.
"I appreciate that the people of Inverhuron want this, but I suggest caution as far as capital outlay for this year's budget."
"We're discussing the budget tomorrow night (Jan. 24)," said deputy mayor Anne Eadie. "We could look at debentures (to raise money for capital projects). I'd like to see a pavilion at Inverhuron, whether this or a scaled- down model. We need to harness the enthusiasm of these volunteers."
Councillor Ron Coristine supported the idea as it benefits the community but he asked what can the municipality reasonably afford to do, and when?
"If we build a building, then we have to maintain it," he said. "What are they doing to fund-raise? If we knew that, we'd be in a better position to know what we could do to help."
Councillor Jacqueline Faubert had no problem with including the pavilion on the list of capital projects for discussion at budget talks.
"I've been pushing to get rid of excess buildings we have," she said. "We need to discuss this at budget. We must have a strategy by which we look at these facilities."
Mayor Larry Kraemer noted the continuous loss of provincial funding which puts pressure on the budget. He also pointed to one of the largest unplanned capital projects which has being ongoing for about five years - reconstruction of the streets in the Huron Ridge subdivision.
That project has cost about $7-million to $8-million, he said, and the final phase wraps up this year, at a cost of $1.2-million.
"Once that massive project is completed this year, we'll have $1-million of room in next year's capital budget," said Kraemer.
Faubert agreed that provincial funding has decreased, but that is countered by the increases in assessment. "The OMPF (Ontario Municipal Provincial Fund) grant has gone down because of the availability of funding in our municipality, in the form of reserves."
"We need to sort out our buildings and priorities," said Eadie, "especially for Tiverton and Inverhuron."
"If our OMPF funding is going down because we have money in the bank, then the province is rewarding poor fiscal management (in other municipalities)," said Coristine.
Craig said that, for now, the answer to the Inverhuron Pavilion committee is really no answer. "The path forward will be clearer after our budget meeting tomorrow night," he said.
By Sarah Sutter,
Municipality of Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer suggested the proposal for a pavilion at Inverhuron be deferred for a year.
Kraemer made the suggestion at a Jan. 23 meeting of council following a presentation by director of parks and recreation Karen Keiffer, made on behalf of Marelle Evans. Evans, who was unable to attend due to inclement weather, had submitted a proposal to be read in her absence.
Council had endorsed the project and funding for a conceptual design of the pavilion in Spring 2012 with a budget of $25,000.
In October of that year, NA Engineering submitted two design proposals to council, though the costs of both options exceeded the anticipated budget. The project was reconceptualized in November, and would feature a scaled-back design.
The plan presented at the Jan. 23 meeting included an open shelter area, accessible restrooms that could accommodate future development, a heated kitchen that could double as a year-round meeting room, and a central hallway that could be part of future developments. The pavilion would measure 216,000 square feet and come with a price tag of $420,000.
Councillor Ken Craig initiated discussion of the project.
"At this point, there is zero dollars allocated in our capital budget for this," he said. "Same amount as the Whitney Crawford developments, same as the Annex upgrades, same as 707 Queen."
Councillor Ron Coristine said while he supported the idea of the project, the numbers did not add up.
"The issue for me is how much we can afford to do next year," he said, adding, "everytime we build a building, we have to maintain it."
Jacqueline Faubert suggested the matter be further considered during budget talks, at which point council could devise a strategy for financing similar projects.
While Faubert's proposal would have seen the matter return to discussion as early as the budget meeting that had been planned for Jan. 24.
That was too soon for Kraemer's liking.
"It should be deferred for a year," he said, citing the longterm street reconstruction project in Huron Ridge as a major drain on the capital project. With that project nearing completion, funds would be available for to consider the pavilion for 2014.
"Next year, the capital budget should have a million dollars in it," said Kraemer.
By Steven Goetz,
The design for an open-air community pavilion for Inverhuron now includes a kitchen.
The Inverhuron Pavilion Committee's Sheila Ogg presented the new design to Municipality of Kincardine council at its Nov. 13 meeting and requested the estimated $348,000 construction cost be included in next year's capital budget. Council rejected an earlier plan for an enclosed, heated building in October 2012 because the $850,000 to $1,050,000 cost was deemed too expensive.
In January, council approved funding the preliminary design and costing for an open-air structure with washrooms as an alternative.
Ogg presented that design to council and said it would cost $325,000 to build and hook up to utilities, but the committee feels the design would have limited value to the community without a kitchen.
Including a kitchen would increase the building cost by $20,000, Ogg said.
With a kitchen, the pavilion could support more events including the Labour Day Corn Roast, family reunions, and weddings, Ogg said.
The structure is designed so it could be enclosed and heated in the future for year-round use.
Councillor Randy Roppel thanked Ogg and the committee for "working tirelessly," and said he supported putting the project up for consideration at budget time.
Deputy mayor Ann Eadie said she hoped council would support it at budget time and that contractors would find savings to bring the overall cost down. Councillor Jaqueline Faubert asked Ogg if it was better to have something not exactly as proposed or nothing in the budget.
Ogg said "something is always better than nothing."
Council agreed to consider the project as proposed at budget time.
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