That Council approve the recommendations outlined in Report CSRS21-002, dated May 10, 2021, of the Commissioner of Community Services, as follows:
a) That the property, 24 Whitlaw St. be designated as the Peterborough Naval Memorial Park;
b) That the former property owners, Peterborough Naval Association, be permitted to;
i. Install at the sole cost of the association, two benches for public use;
ii. Install at the sole cost of the association, fencing which will encompass the formal Naval Memorial area, including the Statue, Anchor and Flag mast;
iii. That the association be designated responsible for the replacement of flags at the formal Naval Memorial area as required, until such time the association deems themselves no longer able to do so; and
iv. That City staff create a memorandum of understanding with the association, which would provide access to the formal Naval Memorial area, and adjacent green space, for the purposes of holding recognition services for the “Battle of Atlantic Commemorative Service” taking place on the first Sunday of May, and for “Remembrance Day Service”, taking place on November 11.
c) That the property be designated as a multi-use recreational facility location, offering services, programs, and facility bookings as per established City procedures;
d) That the property includes designated Staff space for the relocation of Recreation Divisional Staff formerly located at the 210 Wolfe St. location;
e) That Council approve an operating budget for the remainder of the 2021 year to have a net zero tax levy impact and proceed with budget preparation in subsequent years following the established City budget processes; and
f) That a new capital project be created in the amount of $250,000 and funded by a transfer from the Capital Levy Reserve, which would allow for the following to be completed prior to start of operations:
i. The decommissioning of the existing commercial grade kitchen, including the removal of grease basins and existing gas pipes;
ii. Complete updates to the existing public washroom facilities, including required accessibility standards;
iii. Removal of existing cooler and freezer units, including repairs to the surrounding wall structures; and
iv. Removal of the existing service bars, including the existing electrical and water pipes.
At the meeting of May 25, 2021 Council added item g) as follows:
g) That the Mayor and staff be authorized to meet with First Nations on their potential interest in the land, and that staff be directed to consider indigenous programming opportunities as they establish programming at the site.