Mayor Chrystian Soucy and Municipal Councillors inaugurated the new Town Hall in the presence of MNA Stéphane Billette (Huntingdon) and MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry-Suroît).
Over 200 people had the opportunity to visit Ormstown's new Town Hall, located at 5, Gale St. in conjunction with the inauguration ceremony, which took place on Saturday September 30.
This inauguration brings to a close a file that has been the subject of numerous debates in recent years after the former town hall on Lambton Street was declared unsafe. In the interim, municipal personnel took up offices in the Galeries d'Ormstown.
The new Town Hall, which cost over $1.5 million to build, is more centrally located near the fire station, the police station and the Barrie Memorial Hospital.
The building was paid for in part by the Quebec Government($98 825) through the Programme d’infrastructures Québec-Municipalités. The balance was assumed by the Municipality thanks to accumulated surplus funds.
MNA Stéphane Billette, who attended the inauguration, noted that "this building is very important for the citizens and municipal employees of Ormstown. With these new facilities the Municipality will now be able to provide municipal services to meet the needs of the community."
Construction was carried out over a 10 month period under the direction of J. Dagenais Architecte et associés in collaboration with André Pilon Ingénieur Conseil.
Saturday's visitors also had the opportunity to admire works by artist Françoise Lavoie titled "Nous ne pouvons parler du passé qu’au présent" (We can only talk about the past in the present) on exhibit in the new council room.
Translated by Cathleen Johnston