By Marianne Curtis
The RM of Ste. Anne council has given the green light to proceed with the construction of a new municipal office building.
Reeve Art Bergmann says that council has awarded a $697,000 contract to build a new municipal office to VonAst Construction of Niverville. The new 3,100 square foot building will be constructed on municipal property located on the west side of Ste. Anne, just off Highway #12.
“We were going to do some renovations to our existing office but the building is old and would need a lot of work,” explained Bergmann. “Council investigated this thoroughly and we decided it would be prudent to build a new building.”
He added that since the municipality is growing, office space for records and other municipal materials has become a premium within the current structure.
“If we use the upstairs than we have to reinforce the floors,” Bergmann continued. “Any renovations we do would have to include upgrades to bring it up to standards including putting in wheelchair access would have driving costs up close to that of a new building.”
The new building will be constructed on RM of Ste. Anne land, outside the boundaries of the Town of Ste. Anne.
“We will no longer be paying taxes to the town for our building,” added the reeve.
The RM of Ste. Anne does not have any concrete plans on how they will be disposing of the current structure, which is over 100 years old. However, Bergmann says council is considering putting it up for sale once a move takes place.
“Once we are on the verge of relocating it will be put up for sale and the money will get put into reserves so we can invest it in something else,” Bergmann says.
The RM of Ste. Anne has moved forward with a $525,000 borrowing bylaw which will be repaid over ten years. With a repayment plan of $60,000 per year, residents could see a .25 mil increase on their tax bills.
Construction is expected to begin by the new year. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy at the end of the summer 2013.