Wheatland County has agreed to seek quotes to be reviewed at the December 4 meeting regarding the remediation work that needs to be done at the Cluny Fire Hall. The hall is currently closed and requires mold remediation and other repairs like electrical work.
The council also voted to provide a paper copy of inspection reports on the building to members of the Cluny Rural Fire Protection Association, who were present for the November 6 council meeting where the reports were delivered.
During the meeting, there was a discussion over who owns the building as the building has been locked since the summer of 2018.
The June 26 quarterly internal site safety inspection of the Cluny Fire Hall revealed mold was discovered and a report was presented to council on July 3 in an in-camera(private) council meeting.
Afterward council directed county staff to close the Cluny Fire Hall for the safety of the workers.
“Nobody is doing this to single anybody out, they’re doing it for everybody’s health and safety,” said councillor Scott Klassen.
“I think we definitely need to get a quote in on what it’s going to cost to get this building back to a usable condition,” said councillor Tom Ikert.
There was some confusion over who actually owns the building. The county does not own the fire hall and so members of the fire association questioned why they themselves can’t have the mold remediation done, and why it took so long to receive a report.
The final report is dated October 18, 2018.
It was revealed that the fire association was supposed to dissolve last December, according to one of the members present at the meeting. But due to the delay in completing a transfer of assets agreement between the association and the county, the association still has ownership of the building.
Reeve Amber Link gave an apology on behalf of the county for the miscommunication and said the county will work with staff to better communicate. “You guys deserve to have the information and communication, but it is complicated with that dissolution process (of the rural fire association) and the process for the transfer of assets,” she said.