June 28th will mark the official opening of the South Dundas Municipal Centre, located at 34 Ottawa Street, Morrisburg, and all are welcome, even encouraged, to attend.
The present building is well known in the area, having served as the Morrisburg Collegiate Institute for over 40 years. Now, it is renovated to meet the needs of the community.
“I feel that all South Dundas residents should come out and see what has been done to the ‘Old High School’ as it has been called for years,” said South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds. “To take a historic building and transform it into a very useful asset that will be used by residents for many years, is quite an achievement in this day of tearing down old and replace with new that will never last as long as this building has.”
Ground breaking of the project began in 2012, and all tenants have now moved in as of May 2014.
“The services within this building are vital to the community,” said Mayor Byvelds. “They are now conveniently co-located and we look forward to showcasing what they have to offer.”
Offices within the building include:
• St. Lawrence Medical Clinic (Main Floor)
• SDG County Library- Morrisburg Branch (Main Floor)
• Morrisburg Visitor Information Centre (Main Floor)
• South Dundas Municipal Offices (Second Floor)
• Council Chambers & Mayor’s Office (Third Floor)
• Recreation Programming Room (Third Floor)
Residents are invited to join local dignitaries and staff at 10 a.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony, with tours and refreshments to follow.
“We hope all residents are able to join us on June 28th to celebrate the opening of this new facility,” added Mayor Byvelds.
The contract for the building renovation was $4.1 million, including contingency, which was needed for building alterations required for both the clinic and municipal space. Next month, council expects to receive a staff report finalizing the cost of the project, taking into account details such as project management costs.
When that report is received, council can move forward with setting up a 20 year loan to finance the project. Council, at budget time, set aside reserves to cover the first loan payment.