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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Explosing New Heritage Ground

Goderich | by Rick Stow  
Discussions revolve around ancient tree, Mineral Springs at Goderich Beach

The Municipal and Marine Heritage Committee is known for its flexibility in mitigating difficulties with Ontario's Heritage Act in the context of Tornado Recovery -- now the committee is exploring new ground.

That ground includes both an ancient copper beech tree and a vaunted mineral spring.

Heritage Chair Kevin Morrison says the copper beech tree is the last of its kind in the community, and has been around since the beginning.

Two other old trees -- one on East Street, and another on North near Bruce Street failed to make the cut.

The Mineral Springs at the Goderich Beech is problematic.

At Council's meeting November 18th, Administration advised representatives of possible plans to relocate the feature.

If it were labelled with the "Historical" tag, it would have to stay where it is.

Council deferred action on designating the Springs until staff reports back on the matter.

It is possible that the proposed master plan for the waterfront area may propose a different access point to the Mineral Springs than exists at present.

Morrison says the situation is fluid -- as historically the Springs were much larger than today.


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