Tay being offered first dibs on surplus school property in Waubaushene

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Tay council will consider a proposal put forward by the Simcoe County District School Board.

The board is offering the township the chance to purchase a piece of surplus school property in Waubaushene.

A letter included in the agenda for Wednesday's council meeting indicates that the school board has decided to go ahead with the disposal of the approximately one acres property on 199 Pine St. in the township's hamlet. Further in the letter from the board, the former Waubaushene Pines Elementary School property is being offered to the township at fair market value, which requires an appraisal from a qualified real estate agent at the time of the potential sale.

The piece of land is zoned as institutional and has a 6,800 sq. ft. vacant building included in the deal.

This proposal, which was forwarded on Nov. 12, will lapse within 90 days of being presented, so council has to consider all aspects and make a decision about its intentions around the property by Feb. 10.

Also on the agenda is a request from the Parks, Recreation, and Facility Services division to submit a funding request of $39,500 to the Ontario Trillium Foundation's (OTF) Resilient Communities Fund. The pot of money was created to support non-profit organizations in their medium- to long-term COVID-19 recovery and rebuild efforts.

The parks and recreation department would like to use the money to provide modified summer day-camp programming in 2021 in compliance with the provincial and public health guidelines related to COVID-19.

The library has submitted a list of COVID-19 related expenses to be included in the grant ask. They're looking for washable keyboards for public computers, money for a Zoom Pro membership, mobile divider screens, personal protective equipment and sanitizing supplies, and wipeable chairs, all for the cost of $5,600.

However, the staff report says that with the exception of the wipeable chairs, the rest of the items do not qualify for the OTF grant category. For those items, staff recommends the library be given money from the safe restart funds already received by the township.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and can be viewed online or an audio-only version is available via phone at (705) 999-0385 using the meeting ID 858 8639 0753.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com