Town makes of­fer for new pub­lic works shop

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - sub­mit­ted

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.”

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