Stewiacke council to entertain structural engineer for civic building

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STEWIACKE - A motion was passed during the Town of Stewiacke's committee of the whole last week to recommend council approve the hiring of a structural engineer to look at the community centre.

"A motion was made and passed to hire a structural engineer to evaluate the community centre," said Pam Osborne, chairwoman of the civic building committee, in a message to the Truro Daily News. "As this was a committee of the whole session, the motion was only a recommendation to council."

Council has been working toward the possibility of a new civic building to house town offices and the public library. A committee was implemented to explore the options and came up with two possibilities - convert or add onto the current community centre, or build a new building.

In November, council voted on a motion to continue looking at the community centre as a viable option, however, only six elected officials eligible to vote were at the meeting, which resulted in a tie, ending the motion in defeat.

Residents presented a petition to council and a motion was made at a December meeting to re-open discussion following the acceptance of the petition.

At council's meeting in January, a motion was made and passed to rescind the November motion, and the item was discussed further at last week's committee of the whole.

Osborne expects the item to be on the agenda of the Feb. 27 council meeting.

"If it passes there, then I will call a committee meeting," she wrote.

Organizations: Stewiacke council, Truro Daily News

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