As we head into the Christmas season, traditionally a season of giving, South Dundas council has been offered a rather unique gift.
A strong proponent for public washrooms in the Morrisburg Plaza has offered to gift a property to the municipality for that purpose.South Dundas council discussed the offer made by Douglas Grenkie at the November 6 council meeting.
Grenkie, who owns a property in the Morrisburg Plaza, south of Bo’s Barber Shop, is prepared to donate the property to the township for the main purpose of public washrooms in return for a receipt for income tax purposes for the appraised value of the property taking into account monies paid out for the ongoing interior renovations to the building.
“Although there is one bathroom facility now, the township or its agents would be responsible for the installation and costs of more toilet facilities including wheelchair accessibility,” wrote Grenkie.
“There’s a desire for a public washroom. Mr. Grenkie has offered the property, so we should pursue this opportunity if it’s a suitable location,” said South Dundas councillor Evonne Delegarde.
“I’d like to see a lot of documentation to see how we would operate a public washroom,” said South Dundas deputy mayor Jim Locke.
“A public washroom for the Morrisburg Plaza has always been an issue since I’ve been on council,” said South Dundas councillor Jim Graham. “I think we should explore this proposal a little more.”
“There are still some unknowns, so I would need to see some more information,” said South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan.
“It’s a generous offer,” said South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds, saying that the municipality should at least entertain it as an option.
Staff will do some research and provide input before council makes a decision.