The Gleaner

Citizens speak out against library move

A report on Montreal’s CTV news broadcast on Sunday featured Ormstown residents who are frustrated by the municipality’s decision to relocate the library, and revealed a rift within the local council.

The municipality plans to move the library from its current location at the recreation centre to the new medical centre building just off the region’s busiest intersection. “The decision was made in the dark, it’s very expensive, and it’s a terrible location,” said Don Rosenbaum, who earlier this summer started an online petition to try and stop the move. The petition now counts almost 200 signatures. Other residents voiced their concerns to CTV over the municipality’s intention to rent the space in the medical clinic for $70,000 a year.

Ormstown Mayor Jacques Lapierre apparently did not respond to the media outlet’s requests for an interview. However, municipal councillor Stephen Ovans broke ranks with the council to suggest he would like to see a referendum called to allow the citizens to decide whether the project should go ahead. Ovans also alleged that he is being shut out of the process by the mayor, who, Ovans said, had threatened to call the police if he continued to question the project.

The Gleaner will be following this story as it develops.



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