By Barb McKay
The Point Clark Lighthouse is expected to be open to visitors before the summer’s end.
Parks Canada and Public Works Canada notified the township that restoration of the historic lighthouse tower is expected to be complete by August. The two federal bodies are working closely with township staff to come up with a date for the grand re-opening. The annual Point Clark Lighthouse Festival is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 15 and 16 and the township is hoping it can hold the re-opening ceremony in conjunction with the event.
The lighthouse will not re-open for tours this summer and summer students will not be hired to staff the museum because a date to open has not been finalized. During last Monday’s council meeting,
administrator Mary Rose Walden said she staff would look into the possibility of offering tours during the grand re-opening event.
*Huron-Kinloss will not include a question about hosting
The idea was broached by a resident during a recent Huron-Kinloss Nuclear Waste Community Advisory Committee meeting. The township is currently in the third stage of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) Adaptive Phased Management Process to find a host community and suitable site for the project. The process could take up to a decade to complete.
“It’s too soon,” councillor Lillian Abbott said during last Monday’s council meeting.
“It’s premature,” agreed administrator Mary Rose Walden. “We’re still in the learning stage.”