Elkford Council votes Monday evening on replacing its District Office which is nearly half a century old.
If approved, the District would budget between $2.1 million and $2.4 million for the new building.
Mayor Dean McKerracher says its time for the current one to go.
“It’s approximately 45 years old. It was one of the first buildings that was actually build for the municipality in the early days,” McKerracher explains. “We’ve had lots of trouble with the roof leaking, and we’ve been repairing it for quite a few years. We’ve changes furnaces and we still can’t regulate inside the building for the heat or the air.”
Renovations are estimated to cost upwards of $730,000 and McKerracher believes its worth constructing a brand new building that will last for decades.
“It’s just the legacy we as Council want to leave for the community and we know that it’s needed. It will be a better workplace for our staff,” McKerracher suggests. “We’re going to try to make it net zero for energy efficiency. So, we’ll be looking at solar and geothermal. Any other new technologies that we can add into it to save ourselves costs on hydro and gas.”
Council wants an emphasis on sustainable design and the ability to use solar energy to power the new office.
They are looking into an agreement with SolarBC.
McKerracher says Council hopes shovels are in the ground by June and staff are moved into the new District Office by January.
– Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher