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Five appointed to new Picton Town Hall board of management

Five community members and one councillor have been appointed to the new Picton Town Hall Board of Management. At the board’s inaugural meeting last week, officers were elected and members of the Save Picton Town Hall working group were in attendance to signal an ongoing supportive role.

In March, council selected the Save Picton Town Hall ‘Hall for All’ as the preferred proposal for the site. The municipality worked with the group on terms of reference for a board of management structure. The group has 18 months from the appointment of the board to secure necessary capital funding required to meet objectives of their plan.

Ongoing operations are contingent on the board’s ability to achieve full cost recovery for operations and maintenance of the facilities and secure a suitable lease with an anchor tenant. Council will receive update in six month intervals.

The board includes Chairperson Elis Ziegler, Vice Chairperson Rebecca Sweetman, Secretary Leslie Smail-Persaud, Treasurer Michael Smith and board members Kathy Kennedy and Phil St. Jean, as council representative.

Ziegler is looking forward to working with dedicated volunteers.

“The skill set and knowledge within this group is incredible. I also want to thank the devoted group of volunteer community members who served as the “Save Picton Town Hall Working Group” and contributed thousands of hours of their time during the past 18 months to convince council members to give the community a chance to prove that this beautiful public asset deserves to remain in the hands of its citizens. This group will remain as an advisory group to the board of management during the transition period.”

Ziegler said there’s plenty of work to do over the next 18 months and the board looks forward to engaging with current users and the community to fill the hall with events, clubs and programs and activities, as well as plans for a farmers’ market.

“We have begun the task of creating sub-committees and will soon be reaching out to the many volunteers who were willing to help with the task of ensuring that the town hall remains a space for current users as well as contributing ideas for lower level and outdoor uses.”

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