Photo: This is an example of the type of washroom facility that could be used at River Mill Park. Council members who attended the AMO conference earlier this month discovered the company UrbenBlu and its display. (Image: urbenblu.com)
Members of Huntsville council who attended the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference from August 14 to 17 think they may have found the perfect solution for washroom facilities at River Mill Park.
Huntsville Mayor Karin Terziano said a company from Montreal had a pretty exciting display at the conference — if you can consider toilets exciting, that is.
“They manufacture automatic, self-cleaning, vandal-proof toilets within whole buildings and they’re attractive,” she said with excitement. “They’re also programmable to open and close on their own,” she added. “What I’m excited about is this could be our new washroom at River Mill Park.”
She said they have a built-in heating and ventilation system and can be used all year. “And they’re virtually indestructible.” She said staff can program the facility to open and close at a certain time and it’s automated to tell you, for example, when the soap dispenser is getting low. And the best part is it’s made in Canada, and delivery on orders is about 12 weeks.
In terms of cost, Terziano said she believes the cost is reasonable compared to the cost of building a washrooms at the park. “I believe he said the single bathroom one is $190,000 and the double is $290,000 and we’ve been looking at a budget of $300,000 hoping that we can get a design and the builder to do it and the chances of us even getting a builder within the next six months is highly unlikely.”
Deputy Mayor Nancy Alcock as well as Councillor Bob stone also attended the conference and said the washroom facilities were very interesting.
Terziano said the idea will be taken to council for consideration, probably at its next meeting.
In July, council learned that a mystery donor had approached the municipality willing to donate $300,000 to build a permanent washroom at River Mill Park. You can find that story here.
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