Over the past 18 months work has taken place to renovate the municipal office space in Killarney.
The project included two phases with the first phase renovating the old fire hall into the new municipal offices with a ground floor entrance.
Mayor Janice Smith says phase two saw the old municipal office space converted into new offices with the lower level being turned into the council chambers.
Smith adds the civic centre was constructed more than 50 years ago but the council felt renovating the existing space was the best way to move forward and she’s thrilled with the finished product.
“I love it and I think our citizens will be pleased with how everything looks.”
The council budgeted $2 million and Smith says to date they’ve spent $1.7 million. She adds they still have some landscaping to complete and some other work on parts of the building’s exterior.
“It’s going to be almost completed and we’re having our open house this Friday. We invite people to stop by and see the renovated civic centre anytime between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. It’s a come and go event and we invite people to stop by and see all the changes including the new offices and council chambers.”
“We’re proud of the result and we want to celebrate all the hard work that went into the project.”
The new offices are on the ground level and accessible to everyone. Mayor Smith says the entire civic centre is now fully accessible. “If you need to come to see the municipal planner or any other offices in the old part of the building or to a council meeting you can use the lift that has been installed to help people access all parts of the civic centre.”
The municipal building located along Broadway Avenue in Killarney will be home to the Pembina Valley watershed and Janice Smith is hoping the coordinator of Service for Seniors will also relocate to the civic centre.