Former maintenance building sold to snowblower maker

Posted on: December 5, 2017

Chris Must

Smiths Falls’ vacant maintenance building at 191 Beckwith St. will be sold to a snow blower manufacturer, town council has decided.

At a Dec. 4 meeting councillors voted to sell the surplus former sand and salt storage facility to James MacKenzie of Cyclone Blowers Inc. for $95,000. A second bid of $126,000 was received from an individual planning to use the building for storage. However, Manager of Economic Development & Tourism Cyril Cooper reported that staff decided to recommend accepting the lower bid because Cyclone Blowers was expected to create employment.

“It’s a million dollar investment with four or five jobs to start,” said Cooper.

Arguing that there was no guarantee that any jobs would be created, Councillor Joe Gallipeau said he was unwilling to support accepting the lower bid.

Councillor Chris Cummings responded that the town has chosen economic development as a strategic direction. “I have no problem supporting the lower offer, because it means more to the community in the long run,” he said.