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Facebook group organizes to oppose new Town administration centre

March 26, 2021   ·   0 Comments

A group of local residents who are opposed to the planned new Town of New Tecumseth Administration Centre have organized through a Facebook group to voice their concerns.

The Peaceful Warriors of New Tecumseth Facebook group was created by local Beeton resident Joe Feiner who refers to himself as “the voice” of the group rather than organizer.

The group has started a petition in opposition of the new Administration Centre saying the $20 million cost could best be used elsewhere.

Members of the group took to the streets on Saturday, March 13, with petitions in hand to ask people to sign their names to oppose construction of the new facility. They were at the four corners in Tottenham as well as in Beeton.

The petition had over 400 signatures as of March 17. The group garnered those signatures in just over a week and a-half.

The Facebook group has approximately 350 members and growing after first starting in February.

“The idea is rather than separating us, this brings us together,” Mr. Feiner explained. “This group started because of the goings-on in the town. There’s so much going on with Council at this time. Because of COVID we can’t get together – even to voice ourselves is a hard thing to do. That’s why we rely on Facebook. This petition is to stop the administration building. I call it ‘the village.’ I refer to us as sisters and brothers and refer to New Tecumseth as the village to shrink it down and promote community, rather than separatism and as the different towns of Alliston, Beeton, and Tottenham.”

Members of the group question the cost of the new administration centre and say the final cost may be double what is currently predicted.

“They say the current building needs a new roof and a new heating system, but that’s just part of owning a building – it’s maintenance,” Mr. Feiner said. “Our mandate is to stick to facts. The architect told them in a meeting that these are ‘volatile and unpredictable times to build.’ He said they can’t predict anything never mind the cost of this.”

Mr. Feiner said he and other members of the group think the funds allotted for the administration centre would better be served by going towards things like improving the water quality in Tottenham.

The group held an informal meeting on Saturday, March 20, at the Beeton Fairground.

Mr. Feiner will make a presentation and present the petition at the Town Council meeting on March 29.


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