Planning library move to J.C. Whitteker Park


Plans are going ahead to build an addition on the North Williamsburg Recreation Building at J.C. Whitteker Park in Williamsburg to house a Williamsburg library branch. 

The Friends of the Williamsburg Library and South Dundas staff have agreed, in consultation with the North Williamsburg Recreation Group, that closing in the covered 31’ x 18’ cement slab, and sharing common space with the recreation group will provide a compatible space for the branch. 

Along with the construction, upgrades to the heating system and washroom facilities will also be required as part of the project.

Rather than guess at the cost of such a project, South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald asked council to authorize staff to retain architectural/engineering services to prepare preliminary plans for the project, on which they will be able to base a proper budget estimate. 

Council approved the request.

While staff did not want to mention any costs without proper drawings, the deputy mayor did want to talk about the cost of such a project.

“If we use our own equipment, this project can be done for $50,000 or less,” said South Dundas deputy mayor Jim Locke. 

“Some say it can’t be done for that, but I say it can, and I can show you how,” he added. 

Staff will come back to council  with a full cost report for this project once the design work is complete. 

“I’d like to see this move forward as soon as possible,” said councillor Archie Mellan

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