Taylor public works build slated for 2021

The District of Taylor has pushed construction of its new public works shop to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Rob Fraser says the goal is to keep the plan shelf ready ahead of any federal infrastructure dollars promised as a result of the pandemic's economic fallout.

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“We want it to be shelf ready, as we ramp back up after COVID," Fraser said. "The feds may come out with an infrastructure program, so it’ll only be shelf ready projects."

The new shop will be built at the Lone Wolf maintenance yard. Construction was pushed back from 2019 because of approval delays at the Agricultural Land Commission.

Council has budgeted $2.3 million for the project, and has awarded the design and construction tender to Integrity Post Structures of Okotoks, Alta., for $1.9-million.

Mayor Rob Fraser says safety is a top priority, and expects the contractor will be able to work under any future COVID-19 restrictions.

“We have an agreement with them, providing that we have the funds and everything’s good to proceed in 2021," Fraser said.

The old public works shop will be converted to cold storage, and Fraser expects it will be used to consolidate district and community assets.

“We’ll turn it into cold storage. It’ll be slightly heated, but all the maintenance activities will be moved to the new maintenance building," Fraser said. "We’ll probably being putting the old firetruck in there, the one we use in parades."

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

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