No more picnic tables near old Creamery building

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Eganville – A request for more outdoor seating by the river at the old Creamery building on the portion of municipal land has been denied by Bonnechere Valley council.

“I don’t think there is enough room,” Councillor Jack Roesner said at a committee meeting of council last Tuesday. “As you go farther down the water tends to creep in. You definitely don’t want to go into the parking area.”

The site of the proposed additional picnic tables for outdoor seating is right by the site once proposed for a boardwalk which caused a lot of consternation around the council table, in the community and within the Eganville and Area Community Development Group. In the time since that project was shelved due to several concerns including structural integrity, access for water for the fire department and the impact the placed rocks were having on the Eganville Generation Corporation (EGC) dam downstream, the adjacent property has been purchased by the brother of BV Councillor Brent Patrick. As a result, Coun. Patrick, who had been chairing the committee meeting, recused himself declaring a possible conflict of interest.

“I will most likely be involved with the redevelopment of the Creamery project,” he noted.

Mayor Jennifer Murphy took over chairing the meeting and began the discussion on the proposed seating/picnic tables. She said the tables would go behind the building which now houses Dr. Kathleen Doran’s chiropractor clinic. There are already two picnic tables there, she noted.

“We don’t own the Creamery parking lot,” the mayor added. “We own eight spots. The owner has been kind enough to let people park there.”

Allowing additional seating there would once again create an issue for the fire department in accessing water if needed to fight fires, she said.

“We are back where we were with fire trucks being able to draw water,” she said. “We are already sort of limited there as we found out with the potential addition of the boardwalk.”

Since municipal property is not the best fit, she said perhaps the request should go to the owner of the Creamery building instead.

Councillor Merv Buckwald said the picnic tables weren’t a good idea there.

“Who is going to disinfect them? Who is going to keep them clean?” he asked.

“Right now, you are not allowed to sit on them anyway,” Mayor Murphy replied.

Coun. Roesner said there was not enough room in that location on the municipally-owned land.

“Two picnic tables are all there is real estate for there,” he said. “I don’t think it is a viable place. If they want to use the Creamery it is between them and the Creamery owner. It has nothing to do with us.”

Mayor Murphy said the proposal would not work.

“There is no way the fire department is going to be moving picnic tables to draw water, especially when the Creamery is under development,” she said.

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader