Canning Center future discussed

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 02:07 PM.

The canning center, once operated by the Tri-County Community Council, was closed when the boiler became inoperable and the repairs were too expensive. The city has since sold the building and property to the DOT as right-of-way.

Lanham asked the council if they were not willing to reopen the canning center in Vernon, if the equipment from the canning center could be moved to a new location and used there.

Mayor Cook suggested the old high school cafeteria building could be transformed into a new canning center, but council member Gwen March balked at making any decision at that time.

“I think we should table this for a workshop,” March said. “We would need to know how much it would cost to make that building fit to use.”

Lanham asked if some of the money the city received for the sale of the old canning center could be used toward renovating the cafeteria.

Biddle said he was under the impression the canning center was required by the state Health Department to have a boiler to operate, but Lanham said that was the first she had heard of such a requirement.

Amanda Baker, environmental health specialist with the Washington County Health Department, said on Tuesday that the canning center would not be under the auspices of the health department, but said the Department of Agriculture would be the agency overseeing canning center operations.

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