Sylvan town hall starts

Ground was officially broken for Sylvan Lake’s new town hall on Wednesday morning.

Ground was officially broken for Sylvan Lake’s new town hall on Wednesday morning.

Mayor Susan Samson, members of council and other key stakeholders for the $7.2-million project posed in hard hats and shovels to turn over fresh sod, just west from the red gazebo at Lion’s Legacy Park.

“Today is a celebration,” said Samson, the sound of hammering in the background. “A lot of planning and thought has gone into this facility, which will meet the needs of our growing community.”

Construction has already begun on the site of the old RCMP building. Timcon Construction Ltd. is building the two-storey structure.

“That’s the exciting thing ­— the building is already coming up out of the ground,” said Samson. “We couldn’t be more pleased with Timcon.”

The new town hall, with its brick and hardie board siding, will be fully wheelchair accessible with ramps and an elevator. Its interior will be spacious with open concept offices and plenty of natural light.

Samson said she expects to be celebrating the new town hall’s opening by September 2013.

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