Municipality offers another $250,000 to save medical clinic

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By Amy Woolvett

In a bold bid to save the Shelburne Medical Clinic renovation project, the Municipality of Shelburne council will add up to another $250,000 to its commitment.

The Shelburne Medical Clinic project has close to $1-million in its coffers, including an earlier $200,000 contribution from the municipality but was short close to $500,000.  It cannot move forward with the project until all of the monies are raised.

“Without our contribution I don’t think the (clinic project) will get to the tender stage,” said warden Roger Taylor to his council Monday night.

He feared the province would take back their contribution before the clinic project could move forward.

It was a unanimous vote.

“It is more money than what we want to spend,” said Taylor.  “I understand that it is beyond our means but we don’t have a choice.”

“Council considers the medical clinic project important in our efforts to attract new physicians and facilitate our economy development initiatives,” said CAO Kirk Cox in a press release.

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  • P. Dunham
    December 17, 2013 - 19:07

    Who made the decision to close the medical centre in the first place and where was the money going to come from to do this construction. Until a few weeks no one would even talk about this matter publicly and now the project is 1/2 million dollars short. The building was adequate the way it was and has served this community well. Redo the inside, reopen it and spend the million on doctor recruitment would seem the wiser investment in this community. We can have a million dollar building and still have no doctors. How many people do you know that actually have a family doctor here?

  • Su Rogers
    December 17, 2013 - 14:24

    How about hitting crowd funding? See what you can raise through that - I think you will get a lot of action from all over.

  • Jim Kimbrell
    December 17, 2013 - 12:09

    A million dollars to fix a building that is in pretty good condition already. I really wonder just what they have in mind. What are they going to do to that building ? Almost everyone one in Shelburne has been in that building at one time or another. What is so wrong with the clinic building? That they want to spend a million dollars on?