The Filtex site, the John Sleeth Community Centre and the Sutton Museum are part of the fabric of our community. Due to their age and condition, each of the three presents its own challenges but together they also present a real opportunity for the future of Sutton – an opportunity for us to work together to build a future of which we can all be proud. In consequence, your Council is looking at different methods of public participation. Methods that will engage the entire community in a genuine dialogue concerning the future of these buildings and sites.
As regards the demolition of the former Filtex factory, the call for tender was issued February 20, 2019. Small amounts of material containing asbestos were known to be in the buildings, e.g., acoustic tiles, and this was detailed in the tender document. However, some potential bidders asked for more information regarding the parts of sections 2, 3 and 4 that collapsed and then, as a matter of security, were demolished late in 2018. Specifically, information regarding what precautions, if any, needed to be taken in the treatment and disposal of this material, versus the rest of the material. In order to ensure a level playing field for all bidders, and the greatest control over cost, the decision was made to cancel the original call for tenders and replace it with a revised version which will be published as soon as possible.
Public security remains my primary concern. I want to remind citizens that entry into the entire site remains prohibited. I also want to assure citizens that, even though the presence of asbestos is judged to be minimal, all appropriate precautions will be taken on the site before and during its demolition as well as consideration of the best possible moment to undertake the work.
Lastly, I am happy to report that after further discussions with La Mutuelle des Municipalités du Québec (MMQ), we can now make public the rapport d’expertise produced, at the request of the MMQ, by the company PYROTECH BEI regarding the state of the structures. The document (in French) may be consulted here or at the Town Hall during usual business hours.
Michel Lafrance, Mayor of Sutton