And then there were two.
This week Bracebridge’s General Committee voted to narrow their focus to two future options for the Bracebridge Public Library.
Pending Council’s ratification next week, a consultant will set to work on cost comparison reports, looking at two options – maintaining and expanding the library at its current site on Manitoba Street or co-locating it with a future Bracebridge arena on Salmon Avenue outside the downtown core.
Consultants could cost between $10,000 & $15,000
Asked if this consultant work would be expensive, Town CAO John Sisson said he’d been told it would be “not that costly.”
“$10,000 to $15,000 – could be in that range,” he stated, adding that the resulting reports would provide “value added analysis for council” when it comes to picking a location.
Council hopes to take advantage of any funding that’s available from the Federal government in the future to help finance the library project, whichever option is chosen.
Councillor Archie Buie (right) says the Town should “move quickly” with the cost comparison work.
“We don’t know when the funding door will open and we want to be prepared for that,” he said.
Other options for the library include relocating it to another area in the downtown or leasing space in another area outside the downtown. No set locations for either of these options, (which are not preferred by council at this time), have been decided.