New hall will be positive addition
By the end of this calendar year, there should be a new Deep River Township Hall, and we believe it will be a facility the township can be proud of.
In a time when finances are tough for local units of government, it is often difficult to move forward on a project such as this, as it comes with an approximately $271,000 price tag. However, past boards and the current board have been setting monies aside for the project since 2001, having the foresight to plan ahead. We definitely applaud that proactive approach by both current and former township officials.
The old township hall, not to be confused with the administration building sitting on the same lot, had reached a point where it was practically obsolete. Rental fees were being refunded, and people with disabilities or injuries that made mobility difficult would in all likelihood have to skip events due to the assembly area being downstairs. It is an aging building and it served the township for many years, but a change had to be made.
Also, with the Knights of Columbus Hall in the midst of being sold to Divine Shepherd Christian Church, the area is losing a popular location for various parties. The church’s Treasurer Sherry Waldie told the Independent that the building will be partitioned and that small community gatherings could be held there, but not large ones typical of the K of C Hall.
The new Deep River Township Hall will have a capacity of roughly 275 people, which is a pretty decent gathering. It is also on the township’s grounds, which include a playground for children and baseball and softball diamonds, giving young people plenty of room to play during events.
True, parking and some other issues may have to be addressed, and the old hall still stands, and that too will have to be taken care of, but we feel that the township is on the right track.
Hopefully, the new hall serves the community well for generations, much like the old hall did.