Request sent to Colchester County to extend MOU
TRURO – The Town of Truro will likely vote on a decision regarding a new regional library in early October, says Mayor Bill Mills.
“We are anticipating a vote on it at the next public meeting on Oct. 7,” Mills said, after his council has had a chance to “chew on” comments made during a public meeting held Monday night.
That vote could become redundant, however, if the County of Colchester decides in advance of that date to not provide financial support for a new library.
A six-member committee made up of equal representatives from both municipalities has been split on whether to construct a new library in the former Normal College or at the old hat factory/bowling alley site.
Truro representatives have twice voted in favour of the Normal College while the county representatives have favoured the hat factory.
And Mills said that split appeared evident during Monday night’s meeting at the Truro Fire Hall, which drew more than 250 participants.
“It was neck and neck all night long (between both sites) as far as passionate speaking for the issue.”
But Mills said the meeting did result in “a lot of people” coming away from the meeting “with new insight or revelations as to how the whole thing is unfolding.”
Under current proposals, the cost to convert either building into a new library is approximately $7 million, with Truro committed to contributing about $5 million and the county providing $2.2 million.
That memorandum of understanding (MOU) is set to expire Sept. 30 and the county has raised the possibility of opting out of providing capital costs if the Normal College is decided as the chosen site.
Mills said a request was sent to the county on Tuesday to extend the MOU until at least Oct. 15.
“That’s clearly in their ball park right now,” he said. “I’m hoping that they will.”