County office upgrade planned

Crews work to reroof the Big Lakes County administration building May 25. It's the first step toward major renovations to provide more efficient office space.
Crews work to reroof the Big Lakes County administration building May 25. It’s the first step toward major renovations to provide more efficient office space.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Plans to upgrade the Big Lakes County administration building with more efficient space have taken another step.

At its regular meeting May 25, council approved a recommendation to hire a consultant to prepare a renovation plan for the central part of the main office, estimated at $50,000.

Renovations would include modifying the finance officers’ office for the CAO and dividing the current offices of the CAO and executive director of corporate services for more work space, CAO Bill Kostiw says in a report to council.

“I think it’s important for the CAO to have an office closer to the front,” says Reeve Ken Matthews.

The whole project would be estimated at $80,000, Kostiw says.

“This will help esthetically improve the image of the county,” he says.

South Sunset House, Gilwood Councillor Ann Stewart and Joussard Councillor Ed Podollan were appointed to serve on a committee with an office staff representative.

“The main office renovations have been on my work plan since 2014 and we finally changed the central office area which seems to be unacceptable to most council and some staff,” Kostiw says.

“Therefore, to complete the overall central office renovations, I request we hire a consultant that understands structural engineering and proper office space architectural design.”

The renovation will also create better health and air movement, says Kostiw. He suggests a consultant prepare a proposal for council to make a decision.

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