54 Plus Club secures Town support in search for new home
With eight of 10 members of New Tecumseth council eligible for
membership into the 54 Plus Club, the group's president was warmly
received during her pitch Monday night for municipal help in their
search for a permanent home, and assured the Town will lend its full
support to make it happen.
Beverly Dilliott told councillors they require about 4,000 sq. ft of
space for a new club house - mostly likely an expansion at the NTRC
- that would not only accommodate its 145 members, but allow them
to become the "umbrella club to all the senior and related clubs which
have no home of their own." They have approximately $230,000 to
Since moving out of their original home adjacent to the Administration
Centre in Alliston to make way for the Town's building department, the
54 Plus Club has been located in the Gibson Centre, vacating that
second floor space in 2008, and utilized the Alliston Lions' Hall,
Alliston Arena, and Kingsmere.
Deputy mayor Rick Milne, who chaired Monday night's council meeting in
mayor Mike MacEachern's absence, told Ms. Dilliott that the request was
being referred to Town staff for a report on the options available.
"This is terrible, you're getting to be like
gypsies," said Mr. Milne, about the different venues the group has had
to utilize. "Everything's going to have to be on wheels."
"Actually," replied Ms. Diolliot, "sometimes we feel a little down."
Ward 8 councillor Jim Stone said they owed it to the 54 Plus Club to
make sure they were looked after in town.
"Over many years our seniors have supported our municipality, and put a
lot of their assets into the municipality and made our municipality
what it is today," said Mr. Stone. "I think it's a small thing that
they're asking to
give them a home here. Even if we have to dip into the hydro reserve
fund if necessary, I think we should give them a home. I would
certainly support the building of this centre. This could be used for
many things besides the seniors. We did this in Tottenham when we gave
(seniors) part of the fire hall. And then later on we put them into the
community centre, we didn't charge them anything for that. So it's the
turn of the seniors here in Alliston."