Saturday, June 20, 2015

Historic 1888 Leard's Mill threat to fish

     It's amazing the slant we have to resort to to these days to save heritage buildings, ie: the immensely important Leard's  Grist Mill in Coleman.  It's a threat to fish?!   We can't use the argument that it's one of the last intact grist mills left on the Island (from inventory of over 340); or that it's one of three or four grist mills left in the Maritime Provinces?
     Thank you to local MLA Robbie Henderson for bringing the mill to public attention!!! With help from our Island government the folks at the Canadian Potato Museum will save this mill for generations to come.
The following cf.
Rain Storms caused structural damage to heritage building.
CBC News PEI - June 19, 2015
     A historic mill in western P.E.I. is on the verge of collapsing into a river, polluting it with the potentially toxic materials used to build it.   Leard's Grist Mill in Coleman, currently owned by the P.E.I. Potato Museum, was built in 1888 and continued operating until 2002. Local MLA Robert Henderson told the legislature Thursday last fall's heavy rain storms severely damaged the building. Henderson said there is now a risk it will collapse into the river, which could be a hazard for fish populations.  He said the Potato Museum has applied twice for government funding to stabilize the structure.  "Regrettably their request was denied," he said.   "Can the minister work with his colleagues responsible for these two programmes and attain the necessary funds to avert an environmental catastrophe in the Trout River?"  Environment Minister Robert Mitchell said he wasn't aware of the Potato Museum's application, but he will do what he can to avoid any potential hazard.  "Definitely willing to commit to work with the member and any other departments that we may be able to assist with the community and with the group that own the facility, to try to help them get this building in a much-better condition where we don't have to worry about such a catastrophic event," said Mitchell.  Henderson said the Canadian Potato Museum, which is a non-profit organization, is willing to help pay for construction but cannot afford to pay for the repairs alone.

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