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Fort Macleod puts more cash toward college

Fort Macleod council strengthened its commitment to the police college by adding $362,000 to the
$3.5-million it has already allocated for electrical, sewer and water services.
Council made that decision after learning the cost of servicing the police college site has doubled since Fort Macleod made its first commitment in 2005.
“The estimates are much higher than they were in 2005,” Mayor Shawn Patience said. “We’re over the $7-million mark.”
Patience told council Monday on a July 15 meeting of the police college technical committee.
Patience said the issue of servicing the $122-million training centre was the focus of the discussion.
“We have been having discussions with the province about how to deal with the shortfall,” Patience said.
The province agreed to cover the bulk of the shortfall, with a few conditions.
One condition was the Town of Fort Macleod pay the extra $362,000 for a 450 mm water line that can also service the highway commercial subdivision.
A 400 mm line is cheaper and meets fire safety standards, but is not adequate for the highway commercial development.
Another condition is if the project exceeds $7-million, the Town of Fort Macleod and the province will split the added cost.
If the project finishes under budget, the town and province will also split the savings.
“It was not put before us as a take it or leave it proposition,” Patience said. “It’s really up to council.”
Coun. Susan Koots said said the decision is clear.
“We really don’t have a choice,” Koots said. “We have to support the town’s commitment.”
Municipal manager Barry Elliott said the town plans to put $971,000 from its land sales reserve toward the project.
The town will put $584,000 it gets from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative toward its share of the project.
The town plans to take a debenture of more than $1.9-million to complete its $3.5-million commitment.
Elliott said it is possible the town could put some of its 2012 Municipal Sustain-ability Initiative funding toward the project as well.
It is also possible a grant in lieu from the province could help cover costs.
Elliott suggested the annual payments on a 25-year debenture of that size would be about $100,000.
“The residents of Fort Macleod are certainly putting a lot into this,” Coun. Sharan Randle said.
“I think council’s approval of this proposal will move the project forward as quickly as possible,” Patience said.

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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

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