Town makes offer for new public works shop
Town Council agreed on Tuesday, April 3, an offer to purchase 702 Premier Way; which is currently owned by Trican, for its new Public Works facility.
This is a conditional offer if the town does their due diligence. If there are no issues, conditions will be removed on Monday, April 30.
There have been plans for a number of years to replace the current facilities as they are at the end of life and require continual and expensive repairs. The intent had been to construct a new public works facility by the water treatment plant, with an estimated price tag of $5,000,000.
The affordability of this estimated price for the project has caused the building to be delayed in the Capital Budget each year.
Many have gasped at the actual price tag of the facility but Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski thinks otherwise.
“To put it in perspective, there are a couple of homes being
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built in Drumheller this year that are almost that expensive,” said Drohomerski. “We are satisfied we got good value for the money which is ultimately what you are always looking for.”
Council made the final decision to offer to purchase the former Trican building on Tuesday and the possession date is set for Friday, July 6, if all conditions are met.
Before the sale, the town would receive roughly $40,000 in tax revenue annually since the site is privately owned.
This $40,000 in revenue will be erased if the deal is finalized as the building will become public. Drohomerski alluded to a workable solution to replace the lost revenue.
“I think it’s a very reasonable transaction to make simply because even though you are losing that tax revenue, you’re actually saving far more money than if you actually built a new facility,” said Drohomerski.
The build versus buy situation was a tough choice to make but ultimately buying an existing facility was cheaper in the long run.
“This is a great opportunity for the town,” explained Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski. “This building is a wonderful option for both the staff and for taxpayers. The staff would now have facilities which meet their needs and the cost for the taxpayer is much lower than building a new facility.”