One step closer for youth centre

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November 27, 2014 9:03 AM

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Lloydminster city council made some last-minute changes to the land that is currently being used by the former Lloydminster RCMP detachment office on 47 Avenue.

Before council sells the land to the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre, they must first change the land designation from municipal reserve.

City Coun. Linnea Goodhand said that Monday’s council agenda was about being able to move forward in selling the land to the youth centre for $1.

“We were really just clearing the way and making sure that we crossed all our t’s and dotted all our i’s in order to make it happen.”

The municipal reserve lands are obligations to the province, to ensure that public building like schools and public buildings have room to grow, according to Goodhand.

“The RCMP building was an RCMP building, it fit within the municipal reserve type of building, where the youth centre will not fit,” said Goodhand.

Goodhand said that if council decides to move the land out of the municipal reserve the city will have to convince the Saskatchewan government that the city isn’t compromising its requirement to maintain a level of municipal reserves in the city borders.

Goodhand admitted that the municipal reserve is slightly disrespectful to the cities.

“The province is trying to ensure that the city doesn’t sell or develop 100 per cent of the municipal reserve property” Goodhand said that currently the city has enough land designated as municipal reserves to move forward on the change in zoning.

“We have more than we are required to have without that parcel,” she added. “We have more than we need, so this should be fairly straight forward for the ministry.”

Goodhand said that the reason the youth centre was the final choice for getting the old RCMP building was the fact they made a compelling pitch to council.

“While they were being persuasive in their pitch, it became apparent the RCMP building would be vacated and maybe there was a opportunity for them to move into the building,” she said.

She added that timing played a role in the decision as well.

“As a big picture item, this is really good news for the city of Lloydminster.”

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