At the regular meeting this week, City council directed administration to proceed with negotiating leasehold terms and conditions with Alberta Health Services (AHS) for the 2017 year until such time as the new AHS facility is operational in Lacombe.
This issue has been discussed at length in council meetings throughout the year and will be discussed further in 2017.
“There is no provision in the Ten Year Capital Plan or 2017 Budget to commence with provincial building renovations or removal,’’ said Mayor Steve Christie. “Also, council has decided not to relocate civic offices to the Provincial Building in the short term, but rather to undertake a full analysis of the best use for the building in 2017.”
The City of Lacombe acquired ownership of the Provincial Building in 2015.
“The old police facility will be used as a storage space for a number of City departments while we work on completing a facility use review in 2017,” said Chief Administrative Officer Norma MacQuarrie.
In the interim, the Lacombe Fire Department will take over the garage bays in the former police station to store ancillary equipment and single purpose trailers.
Lacombe Emergency Management will utilize the upstairs space to store communications and Emergency Operations Centre supplies, and the lower spaces will be used to store excess computer equipment.