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The Fight Is On to Save the Carnegie Building in Ingersoll

The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario: Ingersoll needs to raise $50 000 and meet other conditions if they want to save a historic site in Ingersoll.

INGERSOLL - Ingersoll Town council has passed a memorandum of understanding regarding the old Carnegie building. 

CAO for the Town William Tigert tells Heart FM the Carnegie building has been in the community for a long time. 

"Well the Carnegie Building is the former library that hasn't been used as a library for over 20 years. And it's actually needing some building repairs and maintenance and the town doesn't have an actual purpose for the library but there is a group of concerned citizens who want to acquire the building and maintenance it for historical purposes. It is a historic building in a sense that it was build in the early 1900's and it's architecturally a nice looking building and there's a segment of the population, including members of council, who want to see it kept but don't want it to be a burden on the tax payers."

Tigert says the Memorandum of Understanding has a term of 12 months where the community group, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario: Ingersoll, has to raise $50 000. 

"Well it all depends on their fundraising efforts. The Memorandum of Understanding has a term of 12 months where they have to raise $50 000 from the community to demonstrate that they have the financial capacity to take over the responsibilities of the building."

If the group can raise the money and meet the other conditions which include having liability insurance and prove they can handle the upkeep and maintenance of the building then the municipality will convey it to them. 

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