Brockville – Less than sixteen months after the historic Five Mile Lighthouse burned to the ground following a lightning strike, the rebuild of the iconic structure is on the verge of starting. Monday evening Elizabethtown-Kitley Township Council approved a recommendation from the Rebuild Committee to award the complete construction project to Kehoe Marine Construction. The firm hopes to begin work on the foundation before river freeze-up, with the superstructure being put in place by early summer 2020.
In comments following the council decision, Rebuild Committee chair Bob Runciman thanked council and township staff, along with the many donors, for making the rebuild possible. “It’s been a real team effort to get to this point and it is our fervent hope that we will be able to celebrate the new Five Mile Light prior to the 2nd anniversary of the 162 year old original’s loss,” he said.
The successful bid, at $211,000, is within funds raised by the Rebuild Committee but leaves little “cushion” for extras, including a long term maintenance fund and as a result, the committee is continuing to encourage public donations. “We’re hopeful that the start of construction and recognition that the rebuild is underway, will encourage additional donors to come forward,” added Runciman.
Anyone wishing to donate can visit the committee’s website: https://fivemilelight.ca or drop by the township office in New Dublin with your donation. All donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt.