As of March 19, the building is available for purchase from E & M Cavaco for $99,888.
While the listing didn’t quite describe it in this fashion, we can imagine something along the lines of this.
“A spectacular fixer-upper in need of a little loving attention. Ideal for the handyman. With a little time and resources could be returned to former glory. Close to downtown and adjacent to rail transportation. No reasonable offer refused.”
So where does this leave the city and (former?) owner David McGee? They are supposed to appear in St. Thomas court next Friday as McGee attempts again to stall demolition of the structure that dates back to 1913.
We asked city manager Wendell Graves that question in light of the fact the building could be sold by that time
“It will continue on,” he advised. “I guess we’ll see what will happen between now and next week. You know how court matters go, anything can happen right up until you are on the doorstep of the court.”
What about the possibility of the city snapping up the building to control its own destiny?
“We haven’t had a fulsome discussion on that but we do have our lens on that scenario. It’s early in the game.”
So why does it seem like this game has dragged on for a decade or so?
POINT TO PONDER
An An exciting beginning to the week down in Port Stanley, what with the shooting of scenes for NBC’s Taken TV series pilot in various locales around the village.
No one was more excited than Central Elgin Mayor David Marr, who took in some of the action between tax preparation appointments.
“My understanding was they were looking around for a place to film and they looked at several ports and they basically came to Port Stanley because of the character,” enthused Marr. “All of the different historic buildings and it’s just totally different than any other port.”
He added, “It’s the character of the village, it’s got a bit of everything. I’m sure there are going to be other shows or films that will see that and recognize they can use us.”
Character and quaintness . . . Port’s two key selling features.
Do you think the producers would have given the community a second thought had a nine-storey condo been looming over all that character and quaintness?
Something to think about if the powers to be wish to attract other film crews for on-location shooting.
Last September, the city issued a media release trumpeting the positive benefits of “strategic changes” at city hall.
“With its sights set on the strengthening of its leadership and organizational management, streamlining corporate financial management and the continued renewal of the Environmental Services Department, City Council has put in motion a number of strategic changes.”
The missive didn’t mention the shuffle saw manager of engineering Brian Clement, corporate services officer Rita Crocker and budget officer Betty Maciejowski handed pink slips.
By the end of that week, Dave White — prior to the announced changes he was the supervisor of roads and transportation — and Cyril McCready — supervisor of water and wastewater — were now sporting manager titles.
A promotion for both by all accounts.
So why was McCready escorted out of city hall in the past few days without a word of explanation? We asked Graves if McCready was no longer in the employ of the city.
“That is correct, I can’t speak a lot about that. But he is no longer with the city.”
In fact that is as far as Graves was willing to tread .
So, will the position be filled or has it been eliminated?
“We’re going to be looking at what the next steps are,” advised Graves, who added this wasn’t part of the reorganization of environmental services, as outlined in the Dobbie report.
That document recommended reducing one management level in the department; relocation of certain divisions away from city hall; the establishment of corporate teams; improvements to customer service; and the CAO position be a standalone post and not combined with city clerk duties as has been the case with Graves.
“This is not a continuation of that restructuring,” assured Graves.
Perhaps anonymous employee Dave in environmental services can cast light on the situation.
Entirely off the record, of course.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Temporarily closed due to risk of tree failure.”
Warning posted at the entrance to the disc golf course at Waterworks Park. Which prompted reader Mallory Austin to post on Facebook, “I picture a screen appearing on the tree. ‘Error 404. Tree cannot be found.’”
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