In 2017; we were optimistic that the re-shingling project could be completed by early summer, 2018 but such was not the case. Because of the change in Ontario governments, there was a considerable delay that cost us financially as we had to cover the extra scaffolding rental costs – fortunately, Ontario Parks picked up some of this cost (it was $11,074 monthly during the summer months).
But, as you now know, the shingling project was finished in late October to our specifications except we were unable to “finish” the window openings in the original gothic style due to structural concerns about cutting the supporting frame work.
So, over the winter months, we have been working on drawings, etc for the installation of our signage; some landscaping changes, sandblasting of the lower door and cleanup/replacement of the lower section presently surrounded by tin. And apply paint where necessary.
We are also hoping that Ontario Parks will allow us to install some illumination lighting to shine on the lighthouse. That would also provide more safety for the boaters in the dark evening hours.
There is also the existing “paver-block” walkway that needs to be torn up and re-laid as there is considerable heaving along the Boucher Walkway. We are hoping these concepts will be approved by Ontario Parks by the end of April, so we can get contracts written up to ensure no further delays this summer.
The actual timing of this next stage will be in early July as we are limited to that date so that our feathered friends will not be interrupted during their nesting season.
We have already obtained some pricing for the sandblasting of the lower section and painting of those areas and that is well over $8,000 so we are a bit concerned that our initial budget cost of $30,000 might be on the low side – but we do have a lot more budget work to do before costs are finalized. We also will be using volunteer help where we can to keep our costs down (such as painting or removing of existing sidewalk blocks). Thus, we will continue to ask for both physical help in early July and before then, financial support during the next few months. As part of our “signage” program, we will be listing all names of those that have supported us in the past six years with a minimum of $100 in donations. And if you see your name is missing, please reach out to Chair Dave Sharp. We will be finalizing the list by early May, 2019 so get your donations in now!
Finally, while we had hoped to one day replace the original cupola, that project has been shelved at this time by Ontario Parks – probably because of all the hassles and cost over-runs associated with the 2018 financial misappropriation. But, we are very happy to be able to state today, that our Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse is going to be around for a long time thanks to everyone’s efforts.