Goldie Mill chimney investigation scheduled for end of November

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Guelph, Ont., November 26, 2018 – The City of Guelph is working with a consultant to investigate the underground condition of the Goldie Mill chimney foundation over a two-day period tentatively scheduled for November 30 and December 3.

Consultant staff will set up a protective tent by the chimney to conduct the investigation, which includes excavation and backfilling to plan for any future required repairs of the chimney foundation and fix sinkholes around the chimney foundation.

Staff will work within the existing fenced-off section around the Goldie Mill ruins. The recreational trail will remain open.

The chimney investigation work is related to the environmental testing and soil remediation work on the site. Any repairs required will need to be completed in combination with the soil remediation work in 2019.

The chimney is habitat for chimney swifts, a native bird species. The City is taking precautions to ensure any chimney work does not disrupt the birds, such as avoiding doing repairs during the nesting season.

This summer the City contracted an engineering consultant to complete a condition assessment of the Goldie Mill ruins. The assessment identified needed repairs to maintain the historic site and to protect people walking in and around the ruins and chimney. The repairs to the ruins include work on the stone walls, horizontal supports and a window as well as work to the top of the chimney. Repairs are expected to be completed by late 2019, weather permitting and with no unexpected complications. Timing for chimney repairs will also depend on weather conditions, temperature and the chimney swift nesting season.

The City will not be accepting bookings for performances, weddings and other events at the Goldie Mill ruins in 2019.

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For more information about the chimney and ruin repairs

Jean Starchuk, Project Manager, Facilities Renewal
Facilities Management
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2759
jean.starchuk@guelph.ca

For more information about the soil remediation work

Prasoon Adhikari, Environmental Engineer
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2946
prasoon.adhikari@guelph.ca