La Ronge Council approved $2.3 million for new public works shop

By Derek Cornet
November 2, 2018 - 5:00pm

La Ronge councillors have authorized the construction of a new public works shop valued at $2.3 million.

“The shop itself has been planned for a long time,” Mayor Ron Woytowich said. “The previous council was already working on it and had made plans. We just continued with it and we finally put the plans together about the appropriate size and what was needed.”

Once built, the shop will have a total of 8,200-sqaure-feet and include six bays. The successful tender on the project was awarded to Pineland Metals from Prince Albert and work is expected to commence in the spring. Woytowich said the shop will be built in the current yard next to the old one.

Woytowich noted there were several discussions with public works employees as to what they would like to see in the new shop, adding there were some duties staff couldn’t complete without sending the work out. He said those employees should have those extra resources when the shop is built.

“Quite frankly, the old shop has served its purpose,” Woytowich said. “It’s just something where you can’t build another one until the money is in place, because we don’t want to run the community short. We fully see the need for it and it is going ahead for sure.”

Council originally planned to have construction begin this winter, but the start date was moved to spring to save on costs.

 

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