Stouffville Buys Mobile Washroom

Stouffville buys mobile washroom trailer after months of fundraising

Trailer costs $141,250 and will be ready for the Whitchurch-Stouffville Strawberry Festival July 1

Stouffville Sun-Tribune

It took almost a year, but the town finally bought a necessity: A fully accessible, portable washroom.

Whitchurch-Stouffville town council approved the purchase of the “barrier free, fully accessible outdoor washroom” at Tuesday’s meeting. The purchase follows almost a year of fundraising – an effort spearheaded by residents Diane Ward and Derek Bunn.

Ward and Bunn received a cheque for $97,034.32 for the purchase of the trailer. That amount was raised and collected from the residents of Whitchurch-Stouffville and beyond.

The washroom  costs $141,250 including tax, and will be purchased from Toronto-based Innovative Design Industries Inc. this week and will be ready just in time for the Whitchurch-Stouffville Strawberry Festival on July 1.

With the additional $50,000 given to the trailer fund by the federal government in a February announcement, there was more than enough to make the purchase.

The purpose of the trailer is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to fully participate in local events and festivals, Ward said on many occasions in her effort to convince the community to help raise money – and she did convince them.

“[This initiative] has received overwhelming support from individuals and organizations, both in the local community and the region,” the staff report read.

The trailer will be housed at town hall and the town will charge a rental fee of $550 plus tax. At the meeting. Councillor Hugo Kroon recommended town staff double-check the fee to make sure the charges were for “cost recovery.”

More from council:

• After a request from Mike Widdifield, council directed town staff to consider declaring 17166 Woodbine Ave. as a “national historic site.” The site was where an 1814 home belonging to Widdifield’s Quaker ancestors was demolished in December 2016.

• Council appointed six members to the newly-formed Environmental Stewardship Committee. New members include Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos, Kirsten Dachs, Emily Jardine, Myles O’Brien, Lea Tassielli and Andrew Waller. The committee was setup to oversee town policies involving environmental concerns.

• Council waived road closure fees for the upcoming Royal Canadian Legion District Convention on April 1, 2017. Stouffville’s Branch 459 will host 40 legions from across Ontario for the event.