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Vernonville Community Centre to be included in recreation study

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

The Vernonville Community Centre.
CECILIA NASMITH/Northumberland Today file photo

The Vernonville Community Centre. CECILIA NASMITH/Northumberland Today file photo


The life of the long-time Vernonville Community Centre has been extended while a parks and recreation study is undertaken.

A volunteer committee is expected to be struck by Alnwick/Haldimand councillors at their upcoming council session and then it will be up to the committee to create a business plan to make the centre’s operation viable, says Mayor John Logel.

When council wound down operations at the centre last year, the township’s website no longer offered it as a facility available for renting and people were directed to other township-owned buildings, Logel said in an interview.

Last month, Councillor Ray Benns introduced a motion to sell the building and to do that council was asked to declare it “surplus.” A public meeting was held to garner feedback.

All of that is now on hold as of last week’s council decision to include the centre in its recreation study that gets underway this month and is expected to be finished early in 2018, township clerk Robin van de Moosdyk said in an interview.

“We are going to allow it to be part of the Parks Mater Plan as well,” Deputy Mayor Gail Latchford told this newspaper after the meeting.

There was a public backlash to council’s initial plan to close and sell the Vernonville Community Centre property and several people came forward offering themselves as volunteers to oversee its continued operation, and some wrote to say there were events already booked there for this summer.