ALBERTON -- Alberton Town Councilor Natasha Dunn says she wants to give the general public a chance to have their say on the issue of what to do with the old Maplewood Manor.
Two weeks ago, one day after Town Council voted 4-3 in favour of asking the provincial government to have the vacant building demolished, a provincial government official notified a developer who had expressed interest in buying and developing the building that his offer would not be accepted.
Dunn was one of three councilors who voted against the demolition motion. Mayor Michael Murphy cast the deciding vote in favour of the motion.
Dunn, who has differed with Mayor Murphy on several issues since joining Council last November, is organizing a public meeting on the manor issue, to be held this Wednesday, October 2, 7 p.m. at the Alberton Fire Hall. “This meeting will give West Prince residents the chance to be consulted and engaged in this issue instead of being denied in council chambers,” Dunn remarked. She noted the public was invited to the special meeting two weeks ago but was not given an opportunity to ask questions. She said the intention of the meeting at the fire hall is to engage the community on the future of the manor building, brainstorm new ideas and to address concerns.
Developer Randy Noye will be in attendance to discuss what he had planned for the building. He will also share information government had provided to him on the state of the building, Dunn reported.