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Woodlands County Parts Ways With Interim CAO

Woodlands County has recently made changes to the role of Chief Administrative Officer.

The County has parted ways with interim CAO Paul Hanlan, who started the role in February on a probationary term.

Once the probationary contract was up for review this month, Woodlands County Mayor Ron Govenlock says the County chose not to extend that contract and instead look for an alternate to fill the role.

Govenlock says it was not an easy decision, but one that was made in the municipality’s best interest.

Instead of sending out applications for the position again, the County has appointed Gordon Frank as CAO on an interim probationary period to see if he will fit the role long-term.

Mayor Govenlock says Frank has been with the County for about 5 years and has had a number of roles within the municipality.

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Scott Safety Centre Expansion Project Gets Higher Budget Approved, Contract Awarded

Whitecourt Town Council this week heard an update on the Scott Safety Centre expansion project.

Last October, Council entered into a Renovation Contribution Agreement with the Stark Sports Society to share in the cost of constructing a dressing room for the Whitecourt Wolverines.

On Monday, Council heard that Requests for Proposals were sent out for the building construction, and upon coming back, the overall budget for the project is now higher than originally anticipated, from $650,000 to $800,000.

Mayor Maryann Chichak explains the increase and Council’s decision to amend the agreement.

The new budget means both the Town and Stark Sports Society will cost-share the project, contributing $400,000 each. Whitecourt will front the total costs, and Stark Sports will reimburse the town their portion on a payment schedule over 6.5 years.

Council also awarded the design-build contract to Edmonton-based company Brenex Building Corporation.

Work is expected to start on the arena as soon as possible and be completed in the near future, given the time crunch in place since the Scott Safety Centre is needed for events such as Whitecourt’s Trade Fair over Mothers Day weekend.

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