Gravenhurst council briefs:
During the most recent Gravenhurst Committee of the Whole meeting, Cathie and Bill Just presented to council regarding increasing the number of dedicated pickleball courts.
While there are currently five courts, they explained that the game has increased in popularity and there is interest in holding tournaments, which would require a minimum of eights courts.
CAO Scott Lucas said that with the upcoming Recreation, Parks and Trails master plan, they can assess suitable locations for potential pickleball courts. Coun. Pilger commented that it would be important to consult with the local tennis groups and others who use the courts.
Repeal of heritage designation
The residents of 190 Royal St. attended council to request that the heritage designation on their home be repealed.
They said it was impeding their ability to sell their home, despite “a smoking hot real estate market” and that interested parties were having trouble getting financing on a heritage home because the bank could not guarantee earning their money back in the case of foreclosure. The residents purchased the home 12 years ago and agreed to the heritage designation two years ago and “didn’t realize the impact” it would have.
Coun. Pilger expressed concern that this could open the door to other requests to repeal. Carole Anne Simpson of the Heritage Committee responded, saying this is something they greatly considered but that in the end, they would “not stand in the way” of repealing the designation, as “people are more important than property.”
Council agreed to the start repeal process.
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