Chet Greason, Gazette staff
Perth East council has decided to put the North Easthope Community Hall up for sale.
Township CAO Glenn Schwerdinger says the building’s low usage numbers, combined with estimates regarding future costs of upkeep, led to the decision to sell the building in an effort to reduce operating costs.
“There’s also a similar facility close by in Shakespeare that offers the same services,” he adds, referencing the Shakespeare Optimist Hall located four kilometres away.
According to Schwerdinger, two halls with similar functions in such close proximity with one another provided Shakespeare and its surrounding area with a duplication of services.
Typically, the North Easthope Community Hall was used for family reunions, meetings, and other such events.
The township will sell the building via public tender. A minimum bid reflecting a fair market value will be determined, with the sale going to the highest bidder.
At the time of press, no information regarding the tender had yet been posted on the township’s website. However, Perth East officials say the required forms and notices would be posted later this week.
A “For Sale” sign will also be planted in front of the building, located on Perth Line 40 (two concessions north of Shakespeare) on Wednesday.
Those interested in submitting a tender for the purchase of the community hall are asked to do so by July 31.
In order to honour agreements, anyone who had booked the hall for an event prior to the announcement of sale will retain their reservations up until Dec. 31, after which the hall will revert to the new owner.