By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Hamilton politicians have agreed to provide a charitable tax receipt to people making donations to Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum’s $1.5-million expansion plan.
Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson said since the facility is city owned, there was a requirement for councillors to approve a motion to allow the city to issue tax receipts for donations.
“We were responding to (the city’s) concerns about the fundraising campaign,” said Ferguson. “We need to get to $1.5 million.”
Fieldcote is attempting to raise $500,000, one third the cost of the expansion project, which was approved by the museum’s volunteer board of directors in 2013.
The committee has prepared a fundraising plan that is expected to begin this spring. Fieldcote has already created a capital development reserve fund.
Lois Corey, site supervisor for Fieldcote, said the council approval was needed to get the fundraising campaign going, and for the museum to accept large donations.
“This is just the initial part of the campaign,” she said.
Ferguson said the museum fundraising plan should follow a formula similar to the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre and the Morgan Firestone projects, both of which received funding from municipal, provincial and federal governments. In addition, local groups raised a portion of the funding.
“That’s my responsibility, to seek out other ways to find the funding,” said Ferguson.
Corey said in the past the community has provided a great deal of financial support for the city-owned facility. She hopes residents will be there once again for the museum.
The project includes increasing the building’s area by about 5,300 square feet and adding a more permanent exhibition space, a kitchen, washrooms, archive space and a meeting room for 40 people.
The facility’s volunteer board approved architects Bill Curran, and Kai Devai’s plans for the expansion.The facility was built originally as an English cottage by Tom and Doris Farmer. Fieldcote, located at 64 Sulphur Springs Road was bequeathed to the community after Doris Farmer’s death in 1983. The city assumed ownership from the Hamilton Conservation Authority following amalgamation in 2001.