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Police college site work could start in summer

The site of the police college will not be leased this year for farming.
Fort Macleod council learned last week some work on the college site is expected this summer.
“There is the strong likelihood there will be some site work . . . potentially early in the summer,” Mayor Shawn Patience said.
The immediate future of the police college might become clearer Monday, April 18 when council meets with the police college project manager and officials from Alberta Infrastructure.
“I would suggest we’ll have some clarity at that meeting,” Patience said.
Council considered March 14 renewing the lease from March to October on the site in the southeast corner of Fort Macleod.
A decision was tabled until Patience had the chance to discuss with government officials plans for the police college.
Patience reported at the March 28 regular meeting the news there could be site work under way as early as this summer.
That news made the mayor reluctant to lease the land for farming, as has been council’s practice since that site was identified for the police college.
“We don’t want the land lease to encumber any progress on the training centre,” Patience said.
Council leased the land at SW 6-9-25-4 and SE 6-9-25-4 for $9,000 from the beginning of March 2010 to the end of October 2010.
The lease provides for oil seed and small grains crops, dried peas and beans, commercial sod and trees.
Coun. Susan Koots wondered if the province would be prepared to pay compensation to the lease holder for crop damage caused by the site work.
“I would hate to see a half section of land just sit there,” Koots said.
Koots also suggested leasing the land for only a barley crop.
“We certainly could do that,” Patience agreed. “It is possible if we lease it a minimal amount of (site) work could take place.”
Koots also suggested the Town of Fort Macleod could have the land custom seeded for barley.
That idea did not get support.
“I don’t think council is into farming,” Coun. Sharan Randle said.
Council decided not to renew the lease.
“I don’t think we can lease it,” Coun. Gord Wolstenholme said.
Patience agreed.
“I really wouldn’t want to do anything that would further delay this project,” Patience said.
The province announced in August 2006 that it would build the Alberta Police and Peace Officer Training Centre in Fort Macleod.
It was planned 1,400 police and peace officer recruits would be trained each year at the police college, which would employ 75 to 100 people.
The project soon stalled when the province was not able to attract a partner for a public-private partnership.
In February 2011 the government budgeted $117-million over the next three years for the police college project.

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Index of Police College Stories - Listed by release date in Gazette

Apr 24 - Fort Macleod town council is planning for the future

Jan 10 - Province gives Fort Macleod $10.26-million for police college costs

Sep 11 - Wildrose Party will fight for Fort Macleod

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod residents devastated by decision to scrap police college

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod asks premier to reverse college decision

Sep 03 - Fort Macleod calls on premier to reverse police college decision

Aug 29 - Residents of Fort Macleod punished for voting Wildrose

Aug 29 - Wildrose says Fort Macleod victim of Tory fiscal incompetence

Aug 29 - Government cancels funding for police training college

Aug 28 - Council awards police college permit

Aug 01 - Police training facility will be unique in Canada

Nov 01 - Province approves grant for police college infrastructure

Oct 19 - Target schedule is set to build police college

Sep 27 - Stakeholders convene to discuss police college

Aug 24 - Police college sod-turning ‘a great day for Fort Macleod’

Aug 16 - Police college sod-turning Mon. Aug. 22

Jul 26 - Fort Macleod puts more cash toward college

May 17 - Province moving ahead with police college plans

May 03 - Council okays transfer of police college land

Apr 05 - Police college site work could start in summer

Dec 01 - Macleod finds way to build police college

Dec 01 - Macleod pitches co-op to build police college

Nov 30 - Macleod feels positive about police college

Aug 25 - Police college partner possible

Aug 18 - Council works on own plan for police college

Jul 07 - Calgary project no threat to police college

Jun 09 - Mayor pushes solicitor general for collect action

Mar 31 - Macleod’s neighbours support police college

Mar 31 - Mayor says government just has to make college a priority

Dec 30 - MD council writes to support police college

Dec 02 - Southern Alberta backs police college

Nov 25 - Regional group lobbies for police college

Sep 23 - Police college has not been shelved — yet

Jul 29 - Mayor: ‘Police college project not cancelled’

May 06 - Infrastructure minister says college a priority

Apr 22 - Facebook page supports police college

Apr 01 - Council lobbies for progress on police college

Feb 18 - Solicitor General urges police college patience

Nov 04 - Police college discussed during Question Period

Nov 04 - Macleod mayor confident police college is coming

Oct 21 - Fort Macleod ‘anxious’ for police college start

Apr 16 - Province gets nine police college proposals

Mar 12 - Macleod can do business with police college

Sep 05 - Province reviews police college P3 proposals

Jun 26 - Police college Web site created

Jun 06 - Police college project is on track

May 30 - Police college officials visit Fort Macleod

May 23 - Police college headlines open house

Mar 28 - Solicitor General: ‘Police college is coming to Macleod’

Jan 31 - Mayor strikes police college committee

Nov 22 - Steering committee meets to discuss police college

Sep 13 - Opportunity knocking for Fort Macleod

Sep 13 - Macleod prepares to guide growth

Sep 13 - Police college is Fort Macleod’s destiny

Sep 13 - Mayor weathers police college criticism

Sep 13 - Fort Macleod celebrates successful college bid

Sep 06 - Fort Macleod lands Alberta police college

Sep 06 - P3 partners sought for police college

Sep 06 - Police training centre will be world-class

Dec 21 - Council designates land for police college

Dec 21 - Macleod’s police college bid in province’s hands

Nov 23 - Task force builds police college bid

Nov 02 - Council still pursuing college