Amherstburg changes course, agrees to buy historic Belle Vue
The Windsor Star/Mary Caton
The past few months have been an emotional roller-coaster for those in the Amherstburg community with a doggish loyalty to the historic Belle Vue house.
That fierce dedication was rewarded Monday when the group was part of a three-pronged delegation strike that helped convince council to reverse course and purchase the 8.6-acre property for $1.1 million and preserve it for future generations.
Mayor Aldo DiCarlo cast the deciding vote in a 3-2 count. Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale and councillor Joan Courtney voted with DiCarlo while councillors Leo Meloche and Rick Fryer were against. Councillors Jason Lavigne and Diane Pouget declared a conflict of interest.
“I’m still pinching myself this morning,” said Paul Hertel, who serves as president of the Belle Vue Cultural Foundation. “It’s a lot of work to get something going and get something seriously reconsidered. It’s a wonderful tribute to the people in town who supported our cause.”