Yesterday, September 26, marked the first official moving day for Drumheller's Public Works Department, who are about to get some more office space.
The building that is currently used for public works is decades old and according to Julia Fielding, Communications Officer for the town, it no longer meets their needs.
"Public Works has been taking the last few weeks to get ready. I mean, they've been in the same building for a very long time so there is a lot of stuff to sort out," Fielding said. "Now we are moving. We have had a couple of staff in that building for a while (the Trican Building), but now all the phones and everything have been put up. So the next three days are the big move right over to the new building."
On April 3 of this year, the Town of Drumheller agrees to purchase the Trican Building rather then build a new one. The cost difference was substantial as the town purchased the building for $1.73 million as opposed to a new building that would have cost nearly $5 million.
"Maintenance costs were high and storage was a bit of an issue," Fielding explained, describing the old Public Works building. "We had been looking at building a new building and then this building came on the market. It's got an amazing workshop, fantastic facilities and wonderful office space for the staff as well as a lot of land around. It makes perfect sense for us to move there. It's a brilliant building."
Trican closed its doors back in March of 2016 and the building sat vacant until the town decided to purchase it.
"It's nice for staff to be in a nice building and not one that doesn't really meet their needs and this is very old," concluded Fielding. "I think they have issues with heating and all sorts of things. This is a much more efficient building and a much better place for the staff to be and for our equipment to be."
Fielding closed her remarks on the subject saying that if they cannot finish the move by the end of Friday, September 28, they will carry on the process to wrap up early next week.