Community Update - Camden East Library Building

Dec 21st, 2020
By Cindy
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Community Update -Camden East Library Building

In August 2020, the Camden East Library/Post Office received considerable aesthetic and structural damage as a result of a windstorm that went through the village of Camden East. As a result, the building’s roof was blown off and settled on the lot of McCormick’s Country Store knocking out power to the community. Crews were on the scene efficiently and the Township’s Insurance Provider contracted Emergency clean up crews to secure the property and cover the damaged roof to allow for structural review.

In November 2020, the Municipality received that Structural Engineers Report accompanied by an Insurance Settlement offer from the Municipality’s Insurance provider indicating that building’s structural damage was “too far gone to repair”. The Municipality had 2 options to choose from 1) to allow the insurance company to oversee the teardown and reconstruction of the same building 2) take the insurance payout to the maximum value of the insured value and undertake the process internally. Council elected option number 2.

Last week (December 14), the final reports necessary (Designated Substance Report) to accompany the Request for Quotation for tear down were received. This Request for Quotation proposals will close early in the new year (depending on provincial limitations) with the results being presented to Council for approval.

It is imperative to note, Council and management are anticipating a re-build in the community of Camden East. Council has requested that once that process is underway, the Municipality host a community consultation process to brainstorm and determine the best fit for the community.  At the time of weather occurrence, there were two tenants in the building – Canada Post and the Lennox and Addington Resource for Children (LARC). LARC has relocated to the former Yarker Family School which was in progress long before the weather occurrence. Township management are in consultation with Canada Post to ensure their willingness to commit to a renewed lease as their current lease is nearing expiration.

We ask for the community’s continued patience as we navigate through this Request for Quotation process and encourage the community to brainstorm potential alternatives for the rebuild to contribute once the process commences early in 2021.

For immediate questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact:

Bryan Brooks
4504 County Rd 4
Centreville, ON
K0K 1N0
613-378-2475 Ext.225