The old community centre in Maynooth shut its doors to the public earlier this week.

Hastings Highlands Mayor Vic Bodnar tells My Bancroft Now it was for public safety. “We have a structural engineer that is coming in to do a survey of the building,” he says. The Mayor says that he knows how important this building has been to residents over the years. He adds that since he doesn’t know the building history, council will wait to make a decision until the structural engineer comes back with a report.

“We have to take a close look at what state they’re in,” Bodnar says about other buildings in the municipality. He mentions that the options that are available to them are: fixing the building, remodelling it, selling it or rebuilding the individual structures. He notes that decisions on buildings in the community will have to be made soon. In 2005, Ontario introduced the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act which promises to make the province fully accessible by 2025. “A lot of changes will have to be done because of that law coming in,” Bodnar says. He adds that the municipality will have to make sure those changes are within their budget.

Bodnar points out that in 2019’s budget  “a whole bunch of money” has been put away for a contingency to address those building-related issues.