Local government buildings will really be local in the Alberni Valley from now on.
Councillor Jack McLeman (pictured) made a motion at city council on Monday night that “Whenever feasible, construction requiring large beams and timber come from McLean Mill and be milled from logs cut in the community forest.”
According to McLeman, using the two city-owned assets whenever possible just makes sense.
“We own the community forest as a city and we own McLean Mill as a heritage site and we did do this at the new water purification plant,” McLeman said.
Timbers for the Bainbridge water treatment plant were milled at McLean Mill, though not logged at the community forest.
“The contractor that built the facility paid the mill… we can either give McLean Mill subsidies or we can get lumber from them.”
Mayor Mike Ruttan added that the new water treatment plant isn’t the only building built with McLean Mill milled logs; so is the new cultural centre in Ucluelet.