Community Centre closure - statements: November 8, 2018 - 6 p.m.
Mayor Frank – November 8 update statement
The RCMP Major Crime Unit completed its investigation of the Community Centre and County Hall, and returned control of the office buildings to Strathcona County. The Strathcona Community Centre parkade will remain secured by police as the investigation in this area continues.
Further investigation related to the explosions inside the parkade area is anticipated to take several days. As such, the timing of vehicle removal is still unknown. Residents who have vehicles in the parkade are asked to leave their name and contact information with County staff at 780-417-7100.
I am pleased to report that an initial structural survey has been conducted. Even as we await the final report, plans are in progress to carry out needed repairs and clean up. This will take some time and the Community Centre and County Hall will remain closed until this work is complete.
County Hall is expected to open late next week. Further assessment of the Community Centre is necessary before we can offer a time frame for that building’s opening.
Local area schools will resume classes tomorrow. Festival Place will also open.
As there is no access to the Community Centre or County Hall, residents are encouraged to attend Remembrance Day services at Millennium Place rather than the County Hall cenotaph this year.
County departments continue to ensure that essential services are delivered to our community. In that regard, we appreciate our residents’ flexibility with respect to how and where they access these services. As changes occur, we will post that information to our web site at Strathcona.ca.
I am continually inspired by the commitment and cooperative spirit of our employees, and our community. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and patience as we work through these challenging times.