Thursday , 29 October 2020
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City receives LCSC survey results ahead of potential relocation decision

The City takes the public’s feedback into account as it decides on the future of the Lloydminster Cultural & Sciences Centre as a final decision looms.

In its online survey that saw 414 surveys submitted, there were three options for the future of the facility.

With Option A, the City would negotiate a 10-year lease for a temporary space for the LCSC, which in total would cost $11.9 million.

Option B was to move the facility to the Servus Sports Centre, rather than leasing commercial space.

The option would cost initially cost over $400,000 and in total, over ten years cost around $5.6 million.

This would limit the number of displays, remove travelling exhibits and discontinue the gift shop. The initial cost would be $422,000 with the 10-year total costing about $5.6 million.

The City may decide on the future of the LCSC on June 22.

Over 230 residents voted for the first option with 104 residents wanting neither of the choices offered.

The Governance and Priority Meeting on Monday had a local artist and LCSC Advisory Board Member Dawn Floen speak on building a new facility as soon as possible.

She says waiting for a decade would be a disservice to the community, delaying the value the facility currently brings to Lloydminster.

“Just so there is a plan now and you’re not putting it off for ten years. We really feel that if it’s out for ten years it will be out of the public eye and no one will care and therefore everyone will say we don’t need one.”

Floen expressed that the need is there right now, proposing a temporary location during the relocation process.

She added that the centre has a big role when the city bids for big events such as Hockey Day in Canada which had an exhibit as part of the event.

Mayor Gerald said her input was appreciated.

“I think that’s why we continue to have Your Voice events and once we get past the pandemic people can sit down and chat with councillors in an open forum at various points on various items.”

The City is also considering a third option which would have a new building constructed.

In the City’s option summary, it states a new LCSC building is not a feasible option due to existing Capital Projects that will require borrowing bylaws, along with the City’s current debt repayment schedule.

It states a new building will cost $17 million, which includes $14 million for construction of a new building and $3 million for required site improvements.

In the survey, the public voiced being most interested in that local heritage, history, art and culture with over 250 people enjoying exhibits and over 240 coming for LCSC events.

Mayor Gerald Aalbers said he appreciates the passion from the arts community but unfortunately in today’s world it’s a challenge.

He said a big challenge would be the timeline to secure funding.

“I would love to build everything that everyone wants to build in this city and I think the Council would be in full agreement but on the other side of it, we have to look after public purse.”

City Council will speak on the matter again during next Monday’s council meeting.

About Tre Lopushinsky

Tre is the lead reporter/editor at Lloyd Connect. He is a NAIT Radio and Television alumni. Tre has experience in radio, audio production, video editing and news reporting. During his time at NAIT he worked as a sports editor for the college paper and was a commentator for NAIT Ooks Basketball and volleyball teams. Some residents may know him as being the "giant employee" in the community for the past two years. Tre, for some reason, hasn’t veered away from his childhood as he has a passion for collecting figures (not dolls!).

One comment

  1. There was a facilities assessment done on LCSC in 2010 which resulted in hiring a company to do a study and a rebuild plan from 2011-2013. That plan was shelved and another facilities assessment and study/rebuild plan was done in 2019. The current building is now at end of life and so building is a need. We’ve done enough studies. We have rebuild plans to choose from. We have a group of people who are willing to fundraise. The City has a grant writer on staff and there are COVID grants available for Arts and Heritage infrastructure. No one is expecting the City to foot the entire bill of a new Centre. We would like the City to come up with a build plan so that fundraising can begin. Our ask is that the City not wait 10 years, but build within 3-5 years instead. We also ask that the City choose the option with the least interruptions of services possible in the interim.
    10 years is too long to be with reduced services. 10 years ago the building was in poor repair and wasn’t replaced. Now it’s a need. It’s time. #builditnowYLL

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