Town wants clarification on fate of Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre

Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre

MULGRAVE: Council is looking at what will happen when the municipality takes over a school property this summer.

This is the final year for Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre as a school. Following the wrap up of the school year, the facility will become the property of the Town of Mulgrave.

Following a recent meeting of Mulgrave Town Council, CAO Jim Davis said members voted to send a letter to Premier Stephen McNeil concerning “funding to assist in the redevelopment of surplus school buildings.”

In the letter, council informed the premier of their decision to pass a motion asking that the UNSM (Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities) engage in discussions with the Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Municipal Affairs, to provide sufficient funding to municipal units to remediate, demolish or redevelop surplus educational structures and related properties. The motion was previously passed at the UNSM’s fall meeting in 2015.

In the letter, Mulgrave Mayor Ralph Hadley states the cost of removing or reusing such a building is difficult for a municipality with the tax base of Mulgrave, noting the province needs to address the file.

Davis said council plans to get quotes from engineering firms regarding the future of the school. With the motion, Davis said council wanted to give the province a bit of a push to see if anything will happen.

“It’s operating as a school until July 6 and then they’re turning it over to us,” said Davis, noting the town wants to explore and price its options. “If you get some costing on it before you go to consultation, you can have a better idea of what’s possible.”