Washroom facilities for Hoch Farm

KILLALOE – The Corporation of the Township of Killaloe-Hagarty-Richards met as scheduled on October 2, for their regular council meeting, with discussion of washroom facilities being built on Hoch farm grounds.

Starting off council with a moment of silence in respect for Ernie Cybulski, who passed away on September 21, the crowd stood, many fighting back tears.
It was brought to the attention of council there was a need for washroom facilities to be built on the property of Hoch Farm.
The structure would be built close to the Hoch Farmhouse Museum, and would make it easier for them to host school trips for children from the surrounding areas.
The first thing that the Killaloe-Hagarty-Richards Heritage & Ecology Society asked was the support of council.
In order for them to move forward with the project, the society requested a letter stating they have permission to begin by October 5. Work on the project would not begin until next May, at the earliest.
After presenting the size of the washrooms with a slideshow presentation, the team discussed how necessary facilities like these are to the park.
The building would have a small balcony to provide shelter from the rain and snow, with the outside consisting of a metal covering.
“Nothing is written in stone, we can change anything we have to,” Garnet Kranz said. “We are looking at getting as close to the septic system as possible so that we have good drainage.”
The museum closes during the winter, which is the reasoning of the delay on the construction.
The building will be created with mostly wood, still adhering to the new policy passed by council recently.
The society is looking at approximately $50,000 for the project.
Mayor Janice Visneskie agreed to sign a letter stating that they support their request to go forward with the project.
They have been looking into a grant from the federal government called Enabling Accessibility.
On October 26, Hoch Farms is hosting a Historical Ghost Walk. This event is with a fee of $5 per person.
Rachelle Clayton will be leading the walk, and will take those who chose to come through the streets of Killaloe, telling stories of the history of the area.
The OPP will be notified so they are aware of the event due to the fact that “ghosts” will be hiding around corners of buildings.
“It’s more of a historical story,” Clayton said.
The walk will begin at Hoch Farm, making a loop around Station Park, and eventually heading back to the farm.
Maria Mayville, volunteer and project coordinator for KHR Volunteer Network, stated that there will be a “boat load” of fish headed our way on October 22 and 23.
According to Mayville, it is just over 8,000 fish that will be making their way to Killaloe.
“Two trucks and four tanks,” she said. “They can’t do it all in one load.”
The time of arrival is still up in the air, but everything else seems to be settled.
Story continues in the October 10, 2012 issue of The Valley Gazette.