Notice of Intention to Repeal By-law 134-2006

Posted On Friday April 30, 2021

Take notice that Council hereby gives notice of their intention to repeal By-law No. 134-2006. This by-law designates the Cornwall Street Railway, Light and Power Company Electric Motor #17 (Locomotive #17) and real property surrounding the Locomotive at the south east corner of Brookdale Avenue and Ninth Street West of historical value and interest.  

This notice is provided pursuant to section 31 of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Any objections must be received on or before May 31, 2021.

Objections can be filed in writing:
Manon L. Levesque, CMO, City Clerk, Clerk's Division
The Corporation of the City of Cornwall
PO Box 877, 360 Pitt Street
Cornwall, ON, K6J 3P9 

Phone: 613-930-2787 ext 2316
Fax: 613-933-1860
Email: mlevesque@cornwall.ca

Description of Property

The Corporation of the City of Cornwall is the owner of Locomotive # 17 and surrounding land. It is located at the south east corner of Brookdale Avenue and Ninth Street, legally described as part of the West ½ of Lot 12 Concession 1.

Locomotive #17 was built in August of 1930 by Baldwin-Westinghouse in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  It was shipped to Salt Lake and Utah Railroad. It was the last new motor the company purchased until they ceased operation in 1946. The Grand River Railway purchased the Locomotive in 1946 where it was shipped to their shops in Preston, Ontario.   The Cornwall Street Railway Light and Power Company purchased the locomotive in November of 1962. In 1971, Cornwall Street Railway Light and Power Company was purchased by Canadian National Railway, at which time the use of electric locomotives was retired. This ended a 75-year era of electric locomotives in Cornwall. Locomotive #17 was subsequently donated to the City of Cornwall.

Reason for Proposed Repealing and Subsequent Demolition

While many Councils have acknowledged the role of the Locomotive in the City’s history, no commitment has been made to refurbish the locomotive or locate it in a more accessible place.  In addition, the current costs refurbishment and relocation ranges from $100,000.00 to $150,000.00.

It has been proposed that the Locomotive be donated to the Smith Falls Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario where it be appropriately refurbished and displayed. It will he held in a place of honor with appropriate signage to indicate its importance to Cornwall ‘s history.

Further Information

The full report to Council and archived video of the meeting can be found at www.cornwall.ca/councilmeetings - use the calendar to choose the meeting under April 26, 2021.

Dated this, Saturday, May 1, 2021 of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O.

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