Star­land County staff head­ing back to Mor­rin

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

Star­land County is look­ing for­ward to mov­ing their op­er­a­tions back to Mor­rin later this month in wake of a fire which de­stroyed a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of their of­fices.

The county is work­ing with ATCO struc­tures to set up tem­po­rary mo­bile of­fices in Mor­rin across the street from the orig­i­nal ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing which caught fire on May 25. Work be­gan on July 5 to in­stall the tem­po­rary build­ings.

As­sis­tant CAO Matthew Kreke tells The Mail they hope to move at the end of July or early Au­gust.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting back into Mor­rin,” he says.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion has been op­er­at­ing out of the Mun­son Fire Hall on High­way 56 since the fire and Kreke says it has been crowded there.

“We did build an of­fice and train­ing area in the fire hall but it was never meant to ac­com­mo­date all the staff,” he says.

The mo­bile of­fices will of­fer around 6,500 square feet whereas the old of­fices were around 8,500.

The in­surance claims from the fire are still be­ing pro­cessed so es­ti­mates for the ex­tent of costs suf­fered from the fire are not known yet.

The county lost a ‘sig­nif­i­cant’ amount of doc­u­ments in the fire in­clud­ing crit­i­cal his­tor­i­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion, but Kreke says they were able to re­claim much of it. They are work­ing with a com­pany to re­store sal­vage­able doc­u­ments. The data saved on dig­i­tal file servers was not af­fected.

The county es­ti­mates it will be ap­prox­i­mately two years be­fore they have a per­ma­nent of­fice again.

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Af­ter fire de­stroyed a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the Star­land County ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing, the county is look­ing for­ward to mov­ing back to Mor­rin once tem­po­rary of­fices are built near the end of the month.

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