Office addition receives approval
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 09:58 am
The Town of Turner Valley is paying more than it originally anticipated to add on to its municipal office.
After council approved the purchase of a used trailer from ATCO Structures in September at a cost of $168,080 to be used for meetings, the company discovered mold in the walls of its used trailers and offered a new trailer for $30,000 more.
The Town bargained a reduced cost and council approved the purchase of the new 24 by 60 foot trailer for $184,430 plus GST at its regular meeting on Nov. 18. The money will come out of the Town’s building reserve.
“It was around $10,000 they took off because of the hold up for council,” said Turner Valley Mayor Kelly Tuck. “It does come down to money. Every $10,000 I wonder where it’s going to come from because you can’t go back to the ratepayers.”
Tuck said the newer trailer was a safer option for the Town and the purchase is necessary as the municipal building is too small to hold public meetings. She said she expects the trailer will arrive in January and will be ready for use shortly after.
“Council truly needs to have a place and until there’s a long-term capital plan put in place for a building this just seems to work the best,” she said.
The Town purchased the old ranger station on Windsor Avenue last year for $150,000 to use as its town office after the Province requested the use of the former municipal building for a courthouse, which is currently under renovation.
The municipal building is too small to hold meetings, so council and public meetings have taken place in the Sheep River Library.
Tuck said Town administration is looking to establish a municipal building in the downtown core, preferably in a shared partnership with another municipality or business, that would fit the needs of town council and employees.
The anticipated timeline is three to five years.
The future of the current municipal building and portable has not yet been determined, she said.