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$459,000 ($73,000 income/$459,000 expense) Council accept the terms of the negotiated sale
with their council notes/minutes, “Council has *First year the Town of Edson took over full agreement with the private party for the purchase
directed Administration to accept an offer on operations*, 2015: $491,000. of the Edson and District Recreation Complex.
Town owned property, conditional on legal review September 26, 2017: Yellowhead County The motion was defeated in a 0-6 vote.
as per the terms discussed in camera. Once terms Council meeting -Councillor Anthony Giezen November 7, 2017: At the November 7 Town
are finalized, details will be advertised for public moved that council direct administration to draft a Council meeting administration informed council
information.” letter for the Mayor's signature regarding the that although two other private parties made
September 12, 2017: Town of Edson releases potential sale of the Recreation Complex, inquiries no other formal proposals were received.
statement to the public regarding the offer to specifically concerning the lack of sufficient time The Edson and District Golf Club did submit a
purchase, “The Town is currently in discussions for public consultation and the potential sale letter of intent expressing interest in taking over
with the potential buyer, as well as getting below market value. ownership of the complex. The Golf Club has
feedback from our partners at Yellowhead County September 26, 2017: Presentation made by stated they are not in a position to subsidize the
and the various community groups in regards to Western Management Consultants at the Town's Curling Club. Moved by Councillor Chouinard
the potential sale… In both the recent joint Committee of the Whole. The final results of the that Council direct Administration to attempt to
Community Services study, as well as past studies community services study released with very few negotiate a mutually agreeable sale arrangement
(Conrad Report), the suggestion is to move away changes. Consultants recommend demolition or with the Edson & District Golf Club for the Edson
from the current Recreation Complex in favour of sale of the Recreation Complex. & District Recreation Complex Building and
working towards a new multi-use facility, more September 28, 2017: Public Information Lands. Carried unanimously.
central to the users. The potential sale of the Rec Session held at the Town Office. December 5, 2017: Town Council directed
Complex is part of a strategic approach to ensure October 3, 2017: Town of Edson accepts administration to draft an open Request for
the development of the best possible recreation Community Services Study for information. Also Proposal process for the Rec Complex sale, while
opportunities for Edson and area residents.” October 3: Town Council calls an In-camera inviting the Edson Golf Club to participate in that
September 19, 2017: Town Council holds in- session regarding land sale. Five members of the process. This was passed in a recorded vote with
camera session to discuss a confidential land sale Edson Golf Course remained. Following the in- only Councillor Chouinard opposing.
matter. camera session, Council accepted a presentation January 9, 2018: Town council reviewed the
September 20, 2017: Town released an update by the Edson Golf Club regarding the Recreation draft for the RFP process and suggested four
including the updated assessment value of $1.99 Complex as information. Moved by Councillor changes including weighting, timing, adding an
million and the 2016 income vs expenses Chouinard that Council accept an informational executive summary requirement and a council
numbers. “Over the past 11 years, about $3.35 proposal from the Edson Golf Club, based on the presentation requirement. Golf Club
million has been spent on upkeep at the Recreation terms discussed in-camera. Carried unanimously. representatives expressed a number of concerns at Jim Eglinski
Complex. Since its construction in 1982, the October 11, 2017: A special public meeting the public question portion of the meeting.
facility was operated by the Recreation Society held at Edson Legion where a letter from the January 16, 2018: In a 4 to 3 vote, Town MP Yellowhead
and much of that money was given in grants to the buyer was read outlining his experience and plans Council carried the motion to continue with the
group for operations and maintenance.” The for the complex.“The public also learned that in Request for Proposal process for the Recreation
following is a breakdown of the contributions addition to a letter of intent from the Golf Club, Complex. Golf Club members in attendance
made by the Town and County associated with the the Town received a second offer to purchase the expressed concerns regarding timing.
Recreation Complex for the past three years as Recreation Complex just that afternoon.” The January 23, 2018: County Council passes a
released: 2017: $162,000 ($38,000 second offer was in fact a letter of intent not a motion to send a letter to the Town requesting they
income/$200,000 expense) - Major renovations formal offer. Moved by Councillor Wilkinson that place a moratorium on the RFP process until
halted while facility study was underway. 2016: decisions regarding a future facility are made.

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