MD office to open
Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 03:23 pm
The MD of Foothills office doors are finally opening after months of work.
The High River facility opens March 31 following ongoing repairs caused by the 2013 flood. Harry Riva Cambrin, the MD of Foothills municipal manager, is glad the MD’s 70 employees will be back under one roof.
The flood caused damage to the downstairs portion of the building, requiring a total rebuild, he said.
“With that came an opportunity to adjust some of the rooms and renovate a bit,” he said. “That’s all been part of it as well.”
As repairs were underway, bad luck struck on Oct. 30 when a sprinkler pipe burst in the building, leaving five inches of water on the second floor. Later that same day, an electrical fire started in the lower level of the building.
A worker hired to clean the mess from the burst sprinkler pipe returned to the site after hours for a leftover pizza and discovered the electrical fire before too much damage was done, he said.
“Talk about blind luck,” he said. “The upstairs flooding, although it created additional work, it didn’t really slow us down by too much.”
MD of Foothills employees were stationed throughout the region including the Heritage Pointe Fire Hall, the public works facility in Aldersyde, the Foothills Regional Landfill, the Charles Clark Medical Centre and Mullen Trucking in Aldersyde, said Riva Cambrin. Council meetings continued to be held in the facility off and on the last six months, he said.
Riva Cambrin said the MD is working with its insurance company on four different claims.
“We feel the majority will be (covered) but it’s a matter of finding out just how much.”
The temporary office at Mullen Trucking in Aldersyde will be closed on March 27 and 28 as employees return to High River.