Demolition of old Town Hall to commence

Former town hall along with other buildings slated to be torn down

The old Town Hall is set to be demolished in the next few weeks.

Council approved the $103,000 needed to demolish the building Tuesday, May 10 during its regular meeting. Included in the process by Visco Contractors is the abatement of the asbestos in the building, explained Dave McPhee, director of operations and property services.

Also included in the cost is $14,000 needed to retain RH Services to monitor and conduct testing of the demolition and while council hoped to avoid the extra cost, McPhee said it is a requirement under Occupational Health and Safety regulations.

Start time is expected in the next few weeks and the process is estimated to take approximately 20 days.

Of all the bids for the job, Visco came out on top in both quality of work and cost, said McPhee recently during a committee of the whole meeting. The next lowest bid was by All West Demolition at $175,000.

Money for the project will come from the development reserve.

Demolition of old rental house

The town’s rental house behind the old Town Hall is also set for demolition.

An estimate of the demolition is expected at $60,000 to $65,000 and while council doesn’t necessarily need to provide permission for a project this small, it is still provided as a request because the building belongs to the town, explained CAO Albert Flootman.

The structure and interior of the building is no longer livable, explained McPhee. He added the estimate does not include inspection fees.

Coun. Teri Underhill asked if the Ponoka Fire Department could use the building for fire practice and while it can, McPhee said it is unsafe to burn it down as part of that practice.

Coun. Carla Prediger asked if it is possible to use Visco Contractors to do the work considering the company is demolishing Town Hall. McPhee said the town received an estimate from Home Alyze of Red Deer and as it would only take approximately two days, felt this was the best option.

Money for the project will come from the general benefit reserves.

The request was approved.


Just Posted

Ponoka Victim Services brings support dog to court hearing

One support dog was in Ponoka to provide support for a young victim attending court

Life of Darrell Paulovich honoured at Ponoka memorial

One of rodeo’s biggest fans was remembered during a memorial celebrating his life

PHOTOS: Volunteers add lights to Ponoka’s Centennial Park

Centennial Park in Ponoka will have a festive appearance once again thanks to volunteer supports

PHOTO: St. Augustine teams will head to volleyball provincials

Both Ponoka’s girls and boys teams from St. Augustine School are heading to provincials

Rollovers near Ponoka keep crews busy

Wintry road conditions proved a struggle for motorists on the QE2 highway with several incidents

VIDEO: Shoppers like self-checkout lanes at the grocery store, survey suggests

Grocery Experience National Survey Report suggests most grocery shoppers spend 32 minutes per visit

No deal in sight: Canada Post warns of delivery delays into January

Union holds fifth week of rotating strikes as both sides remain apart on contract negotiations

Ponoka woman and Sylvan Lake man see assault charges withdrawn

Charges dropped in Rimbey Provincial Court, stayed against Morsette

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

Air force getting more planes but has no one to fly them, auditor warns

The report follows several years of criticism over the Trudeau government’s decision not to launch an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s.

Bolder action needed to reduce child poverty: Campaign 2000 report card

The report calls for the federal government to provide more funding to the provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to expand affordable, quality child care.

Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

Protesters accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana; complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an “invasion.”

Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Jonathan Rose suspended for Grey Cup

Rose was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected for contacting an official with 37 seconds left in the first half following a sideline melee after a Tiger-Cats reception.

Mistrial declared in Dennis Oland’s retrial in father’s murder

The verdict from Oland’s 2015 murder trial was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a new trial ordered. Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.

Most Read