Guelph city councillors spent approximately four and a half hours Monday night hearing arguments and debating among themselves what should be done at the site of the Wilson Park Farmhouse in Wilson Farm Park, near the corner of Simmonds Drive and Webster Street.
In the end, six votes on motions instructing staff on what do with the building and property, and none was successful.
- A proposal to ask for requests of expressions of interest (in buying the property, restoring it and using it as a residence or community centre) over the next six months, or moving or demolishing the farmhouse if nobody offered to buy it. (Todd Dennis' motion)
- A proposal to hold 60 days worth of consultation on the matter and explore "last minute options." (Wettstein's motion)
- Hold judgment for 30 days and seek a party willing to move farmhouse to a different location (Kovach's motion)
- Two votes to defer the decision to the next council meeting.
- A vote to go ahead with staff's recommendation to demolish the farmhouse, preserve inside contents of historical merit, and return the land to Wilson Farm Park.
But one councillor, Lise Burcher, was absent from the meeting. Her 13th vote would elminated the chance of a tie vote Monday night. It is not clear how she would have voted, but at the Sept. 17 Community and Social Services meeting, she and Todd Dennis voted against demolishing the building.
It is not clear when council will approach the subject of the Farmhouse again. Although Leanne Piper moved a notice of motion towards the end of the meeting that she wanted to revisit the issue.
Food for thought.