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BARCC Receives Provincial Recognition and Achievement Award

The Barrhead and Area Regional Crime Coalition has been recognized by the province for its work.

The BARCC has received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2019 Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence.

The award recognizes the partnership between the County of Barrhead, Town of Barrhead, Woodlands County, the Barrhead and District Rural Crime Watch and the Barrhead RCMP Detachment for their work to improve community safety.

In addition to the partnership, BARCC was recognized for addressing concerns surrounding property crimes, lack of communication and perceived inaction by municipalities and the RCMP.

The BARCC Connect app was launched last October as a multi-channel alert system to help bridge communication between RCMP, municipalities and the public through its partners involved.

The app has over 1500 subscribers who receive accurate, real-time information from a credible source regarding crime, emergencies, municipal information, news, and events via text message, email or voice call.

 
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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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