It's an exciting day for the County of Stettler as they open the doors to their new Public Works building.

The day is going to consist of multiple grand events.

"We'll be planting 150 Maple Trees, along with community members that wish to do it with us, in a community grove by our new site for the county that is on Highway 56," stated Niki Thorsteinsson, Director of Communications for the County of Stettler.

"We'll be conducting tours of the new facility throughout the day between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., it's a pretty big place and you'll be able to move along at your own pace. We'll have some information up so you can read along the different tasks we complete throughout the facility in the different bays. At 12:30, we're going to have ribbon cutting and speeches. The Mayor, our general contractor and the Reeve of the County will be giving some speeches and thanking everybody who contributed to this facility," she added.

So, why build a new Public Works building?

"It was time. Our current facility that we're operating out of is now 47 years old and it didn't have a lot of the amenities or capacity to fit the machinery and equipment we're using on a day to day basis," Thorsteinsson explained.

"For example, the air exchange system was fairly archaic because we had to open the doors at minus 40 in the winter for proper ventilation. The electrical was in need of some upgrading, if you ran the generator you couldn't run a welding machine at the same time because it would turn the breakers on and off."

The County of Stettler's new Public Works Facility is located at 19561 Township Road 38-4.

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