Two weeks after failing to reach a decision on a potential donation, township council has pledged up to $30,000 for the construction of a new facility for the Brock Community Health Centre (CHC).
The funding decision was unanimous, coming after Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer brought forward a motion to reconsider the matter at Monday (Feb. 10) night’s meeting.
The Township has committed to matching individual donations made up to Dec. 31 of next year up to a maximum of $30,000.
Municipal funding is contingent on construction getting underway by the start of 2022.
“Payment by The Township would take place following the CHC reporting to The Township on the status of such individual donations and once all permits and site plan agreements are in place with active construction on the site commencing by January 1, 2022,” the motion reads.
In an interview Sunday (Feb. 16), CHC board member John Grant said that the organization will be reaching out for a meeting with the municipality to discuss some of the finer points of the motion.
“Hopefully we can get everyone on the same page,” he said.
“We both trying to bring the best primary healthcare to Brock Township.”
Coun. Schummer’s motion came after council initially could not a consensus on whether to donate $50,000 to the CHC.
While three members supported the request, three others were adamant that the request be forwarded to budget deliberations at the Jan. 27 meeting.
Prior to the session, Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble had brought forward a motion – seconded by Ward 1 Councillor Mike Jubb – that the municipality include that figure in the 2020 budget prior to deliberations.
The motion was lost following a deadlock amongst council members. Coun. Schummer, Ward 5 Councillor Lynn Cambell and Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden all voted in favour of tabling the motion, while Coun. Doble, Coun. Jubb and Ward 4 Councillor Cria Pettingill voted against. Regional Councillor Ted Smith was unable to vote as he is currently serving as chair of the Brock CHC’s board of directors.
Though the project has been dogged by delays for roughly a decade, the CHC is planning to construct a 21,000-square-foot facility in Cannington.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is funding the majority of the building costs – which are currently estimated at $9.7 million – but the Brock CHC is responsible for fundraising for roughly $450,000.
While there are still some details to be hammered out, Coun. Jubb and Coun. Doble both said they were happy to help secure municipal support for the fundraising efforts.
“I am extremely happy to see that all committee members came to an agreement. The CHC is very important to all residents of Brock and I am thrilled that the municipality can help with the final campaign push,” Coun. Jubb said.
I’m disappointed that the original motion to contribute financially to the build of the community health centre was lost at our last council meeting. In the end, I’m pleased that the Township of Brock has now decided to commit some financial support to this very important project within our community,” added Coun. Doble.
“My family and I will be donating $2,000 to this very worthwhile project that will benefit everyone within the township. I urge any individual who has not yet made a donation to the community health centre to consider a donation that will be matched by the Township of Brock. Let’s rally together and make this happen.”