Mono reaches agreement with Greenwood Ltd. On Maplehurst House

September 28, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Jasen Obermeyer

Mono Council has come to an agreement with Greenwood Construction Ltd. on preserving pieces of the Maplehurst farmhouse.

At their final meeting of the year last Tuesday (Dec. 12), council unanimously approved to enter an agreement with Greenwood to salvage and preserve pieces of the Maplehurst house.

Back in February, the Town issued a notice of intention to designate the house as a natural heritage site, under the Ontario Heritage Act. The property owner, Greenwood, appealed the notice to the Ontario Conservation Review Board (CRB).

In a memo to council from David Trotman, the director of planning, the Town and Greenwood will enter an agreement to recover “as much hardwood flooring, wainscoting and paneling as possible.”

The agreement also states that Greenwood “intends to make application to Dufferin County to obtain required demolition permit(s) to demolish the house.”

The salvaged pieces will be preserved and donated to the Dufferin County Museum and Archives, though details are still unknown. The Town and Greenwood will move forward to determine a demolition date.

Mono Mayor Laura Ryan says she is sad to see the house go, as it was “a home for many generations.”

Council has appointed Guy Giorno as the town’s integrity commissioner. Mr. Giorno is also the integrity commissioner for Dufferin County. His rate for the county is $220 annual retainer plus $100 per hour of services.

In a report to council by Deputy Clerk Fred Simpson, he recommended Mono agree to a shared service contract with Mr. Giorno, as Orangeville, Shelburne, Grand Valley, and Melanchthon have signed with him, and the agreement between Mr. Giorno and county gives the ability for “lower tier municipalities in Dufferin to retain his services for an annual retainer of $90 per municipality and the same hourly rate.”

He will be appointed from January 1 2018 to January 1 2019. His contract with Dufferin began in July 2016 and ends the same month in 2019.

Mr. Simpson recommended Mr. Giorno and the contract length, “so that the next council will have the opportunity to revisit this.”

Councilor Ralph Manktelow voiced his concerns over his rate. “When you see a rate which is far lower than any other lawyer, you kind of wonder the reason for this.”

Mayor Ryan said when he was appointed as the county’s commissioner when she was warden; he explained his low rate was to break into the market. “As time goes by, he may adjust his rate, because this was relatively new to him, even though he has background.”

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