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Arson Incidents Prompt Reward for Information

Fluidpro Oilfield Services in Whitecourt is hoping to catch the person or people responsible for two arson incidents at their shop in the last two weeks.

The company is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for breaking into Fluidpro’s yard at approximately 2 am on June 28th and again in the early morning hours of July 14th and setting fire to a tanker truck and a VAC truck.

Fluidpro Oilfield Services HR rep Wendy Vega says after the second incident they are now turning to the public for help.

Vega says Whitecourt RCMP are investigating the incidents, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Whitecourt RCMP detachment at 780-778-5454.

 
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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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