FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2018
Town of Hanna acquires the former Alberta Transportation Maintenance Shop
The Town of Hanna and Sorbitall Industries have reached an agreement in principle to see the Town of Hanna purchase the former Alberta Transportation Maintenance Shop located at the corner of Palliser Trail and Highway 9. The parties have agreed to a swap of properties in addition to a cash payment of $500,000 payable to Sorbitall Industries.
Since the fall of 2016 Council and Administration have been working on plans to make a necessary expansion to the existing Public Works Shop. In the 2017 approved Town of Hanna Capital Budget, funds in the amount of $450,000 were allocated using Municipal Sustainability Initiative funds (Provincial Grant Funding) for the construction of a 4,000 sq. ft. expansion to the south end of the existing shop. This would bring the size of the shop area up to 11,100 sq. ft. The advantages of this expansion are identified below:
- The Town has a significant investment in equipment, trucks and infrastructure materials that are important to keep sheltered and secured. The equipment maintains its value better and extends its useful lifespan being stored indoors.
- The equipment, especially in the winter months, needs to be stored in a heated space and ready to respond during cold temperatures in the event of emergencies. The current shop does not allow for all of the equipment to be stored inside the Publics Works Shop and takes up other Town indoor storage space that puts other less essential equipment outside in the elements.
- Equipment being able to be stored and locked in an indoor facility provides additional security benefits.
- It is quicker to determine maintenance issues (fluid leaks) and more effective to work on the equipment without having to move other equipment out of the shop area.
- Allows for a proper and safe working area for the staff and provides improved working conditions when completing the required maintenance of the equipment on a daily basis.
Since the spring of 2018, Council has been in discussion with representatives of Sorbitall Industries and after much deliberation, discussion and negotiation, the Town of Hanna and Sorbitall Industries reached an agreement in principle.
Mayor Chris Warwick stated, “I am pleased that this agreement in principle has been reached. I look forward to the agreements being finalized and the Town of Hanna moving their public works operations to the Sorbitall property. This space will provide the Public Works Department with excellent shop space, an increased number of cold storage buildings, and significantly more property which has the potential in the future to be subdivided and serviced to provide additional marketable industrial lots/land.”
With the acquisition of the Sorbitall Industries property, the Public Works Department will be operating out of a 19,000 sq. ft. facility with 14,000 sq. ft. of dedicated shop space on a property just under 19 acres in size.
“This was not a simple overnight decision,” stated, Mayor Warwick, “Council has thought extensively about this opportunity and in the end the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.”