Letter: An open letter to the Central Mantoulin council on the Old School

A further town hall meeting should be held to decide its fate

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an open letter to Central Manitoulin council that has been reprinted here at the author’s request.

To Central Manitoulin council:

In reading over the minutes of the December 10 Central Manitoulin Property Committee meeting I note the following:

Mayor R. Stephens and Councillor Shaffer moved “That we recommend to Council that we delay the demolition of The Old School until absolutely necessary.”

That motion failed.

A discussion followed “to allocate the expected cost of $150,000 for the demolition of the Old School in the upcoming 2020 Capital budget.”

(No vote regarding that discussion was recorded in the minutes.)

I attended that committee meeting as a delegate, specifically to recommend that since a significant number of Manitoulin residents are not fully aware of the speed with which this action is proceeding, that a further Town Hall meeting is warranted.

I’m sure that such a meeting in early 2020 is not only warranted, but would be very well attended.

The very fact that Manitoulin Transport has kindly seen fit to contribute toward repairs to the Old School indicates that interest in this matter involves the entire Island, not just Central Manitoulin.

We look forward to your prompt response.

Yours truly,

Mike and Marj Wilton

Dominion Bay