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Last updateFri, 17 Jan 2020 3pm

Progress made on Starland County facility

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    Starland County is making great progress on the construction of its new facility.
    The Starland offices burned in May of 2018. For a short time, Starland set up at the new Munson Fire Hall and now temporary offices in Morrin. This year construction began on the new office and shop on the north end of Morrin.
    While it was unfortunate to lose the office, the new construction allows the entire county operations under one roof. This includes a shop space with  4-110 foot bays for large equipment, 2- 60-foot bays for light-duty equipment maintenance and welding as well as an area for inventory, parts receiving, and storage. The construction also makes way for all the office space it needs including administration, utilities, public works, the ag service board, bylaw, and recreation.
    It also has areas for meeting space, possible rental space for meetings and training.
    The Council chamber is designed to have an Incident Command Centre for emergency situations.
“There is certainly a bigger shop. The old shop was over 50 years old, so this will be way better, and for the offices,” said Starland County Reeve Steve Wannstrom.
    Over the last few years, the County was planning to replace the shop and had been putting aside funds for the project.
    This new construction has a value of about $8,2 million and the funds come from about $2.5 million from insurance and $6 million from funds from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative the County had been saving since 2010.
    The facility is being built on the former CN right of way the County purchased years prior. The contract of the design built was awarded to Eagle Builders of Blackfalds.
    They hope to have the building opened in May 2020.

Santa’s Christmas Dinner tradition continues


In a tradition that spans almost four decades, the Annual Santa’s Christmas Dinner is back this Christmas Day at Yavis Family Restaurant.
    Its roots lie in a few people wanting to get together on Christmas Day when there were no restaurants open. From a gathering of about a dozen, last year the annual free Christmas dinner served more than 400.
    Attendance for the event spans all groups. Some seniors may not have family coming home, to others alone on the holiday. Today entire families make it a tradition to come out for the afternoon of visiting, good food and fun.
    The community is invited to the annual dinner from noon until 3 p.m. Volunteers will provide a pick-up service for those who do not have transportation.  Volunteers will also deliver dinner for those not able to make it out.
    To arrange transportation or delivery contact Century 21 at 403-823-2121, or stop by the office at 145 3rd  Avenue West.

Golf Club sale falls through

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A deal to sell Dinosaur Trail Golf and County Club has fallen through, however, it appears there is still interest from buyers for the attraction and facility.

 The Mail reported on October 25 that shareholders approved of the sale of the golf course and all chattels to Electra Holdings of Vancouver B.C. Club President Mike Yavis tells the Mail the buyer has backed out of the deal.

He says however there is still interest from other parties interested in purchasing the club.

“We are working on various things and we hope to have an update on January 2 or 3,” said Yavis. “There is definitely interest in it, and we are working on this to keep it together."

In September the board announced the course was up for sale. This came after ATB Financial decided to call the club’s loan.

 In light of the offer by Electra Holdings falling through, Yavis said ATB is being patient with the board as it works on its next step.

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