New era for Knee­hill as county of­fice, med­i­cal clinic of­fi­cially opens

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - courtesy of Ti­mothy J. Shear­law, Three Hills Cap­i­tal

Knee­hill County cel­e­brated the of­fi­cial Grand Open­ing of their new Ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing and Knee­hill Med­i­cal Clinic at 1600, 2nd St NE, Three Hills, on Fri­day, July 8. Over 600 peo­ple from the re­gion, and be­yond, en­joyed a free lunch followed by fa­cil­ity tours through­out the af­ter­noon. To­tal bud­get for the project was $11,750,000. That fig­ure in­cludes a $750,000 Ag Ser­vice Board (ASB) ad­di­tion at the County Shop. The re­main­ing $11,000,000 was for the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing and Med­i­cal Clinic. The high­way in­ter­sec­tion re-build cost, as per Al­berta Trans­porta­tion, was also in­cluded in that fig­ure. The bud­get was made up of build­ing re­serves of $8.8 mil­lion and $2.9 mil­lion in Pro­vin­cial Grants. As of July 4, 2016, the en­tire project came in on time and un­der bud­get by $1,320,000. The fi­nal project, in­clud­ing ASB ad­di­tion, is ap­prox­i­mately $10,500,000. The Ad­min­is­tra­tion Of­fice in­cludes the Coun­cil Cham­ber, Meet­ing Rooms, and 25 of­fices. The Med­i­cal Clinic is lo­cated in the west wing with its own en­trance. Knee­hill County Coun­cil gath­ered to cut the rib­bon on their new Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing and then joined the Re­gional Clinic Physi­cians to cut the of­fi­cial rib­bon open­ing the clinic. Knee­hill County Reeve Bob Long was Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies and wel­comed every­one to the grand event. Speak­ing dig­ni­taries in­cluded Min­is­ter of Health the Honourable Sarah Hoff­man, Dr. Evan Lun­dall - AHS, Knee­hill CAO Al Hog­gan, MP for Bat­tle River - Crow­foot Kevin Soren­son, Olds/Dids­bury/Three Hills MLA Nathan Cooper, and County Coun­cil­lor Carol Cal­houn. Carol was Reeve of Knee­hill County when the dream to con­struct this amaz­ing fa­cil­ity be­gan. Also in at­ten­dance were May­ors, Reeves and Coun­cil­lors from neigh­bour­ing ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties and coun­ties.

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