Hawkesbury council members expressed support for the idea during their August 17 teleconference session. The topic came up during Chief Administrator Daniel Gatien’s verbal presentation on possible future uses for the OPP building at the corner of Cartier Boulevard and Higginson Street.
“They would only need about half of the OPP office,” Gatien said during a later phone interview.
Councillor Robert Lefebvre, who has been part of the food bank’s volunteer administration for several years, explained that the Main Street building where the non-profit group is now was sold in July and the new owner has other plans for the premises. The food bank’s lease for the building is still in effect another 12 months, giving the non-profit group time to find new premises.
“The plan was always to relocate to the (old) OPP building’ said Lefebvre. “The food bank of Hawkesbury is almost an essential service now.”
Construction is almost complete on the new OPP detachment building on Cameron Street. Relocation of the OPP to the new premises should take place in September or October, leaving the old building vacant mid- to late-autumn. Gatien, Lefebvre, Councillor André Chamaillard, who sits on the food bank board of directors, and other officials for the non-profit group will meet to work a preliminary agreement for relocating the food bank to the old OPP station once the building is vacant.