Elizabethtown buys land near Brockville


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In a heated argument that took the present against the township’s future, Elizabethtown-Kitley council purchased land on the edge of Brockville on Monday evening.


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Costing $ 425,000, the approximately 140 acres of land is located on the east side of North Augusta Road, between County Road 26 (Centennial Road) and the second concession (Parkdale Avenue).

From the township’s strategic reserves, the money was originally part of the provincial government’s one-time service modernization funding for small and rural communities.

The purchase had been in progress since before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it has been put on hold until this spring due to higher priorities due to the pandemic.

Several discussions about the purchase had taken place behind closed doors, but it was not public knowledge until the September 13 board meeting. The acquisition was due to be voted on at the September 13 meeting, but took place until Monday to allow the public to comment.

A verbal agreement was reached through a liaison committee with Brockville for the city to provide water and sewage for the land.

“The opportunity to buy a property that borders a nearby municipality where we can get these essential municipal services is perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity if you’re lucky,” Mayor Brant Burrow said the day after the vote for buy the land.

“Now we’re going to go through a very methodical process to determine what is the best use of this land,” Burrow added.

The dominant idea of ​​the board members in favor of the purchase is to create a second business park, like what is near Tincap on County Road 29. If a business park is not feasible, the members will move on. say open to the use of space for housing.


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The majority of the board expressed support for the purchase, along with the boards. The most vocal Eleanor Renaud and Susan Prettejohn.

“It will benefit everyone who lives in this township in the future,” Prettejohn said on Monday evening.

The recorded vote for the purchase was five to two in favor. Tales. Christina Eady and Tom Linton joined Burrow, Renaud and Prettejohn in voting for the purchase. The two dissenting voices were Councils. Earl Brayton and Rob Smith.

Smith said he believed the purchase price was too high and that due diligence was insufficient to purchase the land.

“I don’t think buying land is a good investment for the township,” Smith said.

The councilor added that because the deal negotiated with Brockville goes through a liaison committee rather than city council, there is no guarantee regarding water and sewerage. Instead, Smith says his preference would have been for the City of Brockville to buy the land.

Com. Eleanor Renaud took issue with Smith’s argument regarding Brockville’s potential non-cooperation and the purchase price, citing examples of a 50-acre lot sold for over $ 300,000 and a 24-acre lot that sold for $ 235,000 in the north end of the township earlier this year.

“I’m saying we’re getting a pretty good deal here,” said Renaud.

Regarding maintaining Brockville, Renaud said the city would reap huge benefits from commercial or residential development.

“It’s in our best interest and in theirs to work together on this file and you can’t work together on something until you have it,” Renaud added.


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During the meeting and again on Tuesday, Mayor Burrow acknowledged that the land sellers agreed to suspend denials when COVID-19 struck. When trading resumed, even though the real estate market had changed dramatically in favor of the seller, they continued at the price point they left off, rather than restarting.

“It was paramount,” Burrow said, adding that the deal would likely have died otherwise.

“Truth be told, we are acquiring this land at a price below market value, as the market is now. So if the “ifs” don’t come true, I don’t see how it will be a good investment no matter how it turns out, commercial, residential or “reverse”.

The vendors chose to keep parts of their property connected to County Road 26, with the township only having access by North Augusta Road.

Burrow added that he had had a brief discussion with MPP and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark prior to the pandemic about the use of funding for this purchase. He said Clark was “enthusiastic” about it.

The buying discussion created a more heated boardroom than usual for Elizabethtown-Kitley.

Earl Brayton has said over and over again “you have a right to your opinion” to advisers who have said something he disagrees with. And after the discussion lasted over an hour at an already busy meeting on the agenda – forcing the board to extend the session – Eady moved a motion for a vote to be called.

Burrow said after the meeting that as long as discussions remained focused on the issues at hand, members’ differing opinions were welcome.

“I think it’s good that people see it differently because we make sure we explore things from all angles,” Burrow said.



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