Without a permanent home Springhill's department of public works will move from its industrial park location to yet another interim site
SPRINGHILL: Without a permanent home Springhill's department of public works will move from its industrial park location to yet another interim site this month, town engineer John Kelly says.
As a tenant of Maritime Pressure Works, owners of the former MBB building in the industrial park, town work crews shared space with the owners but incoming contracts and work demands have forced the department of public works to move out of the way of progress and find new digs until a proper town shed can be built, Kelly says.
"It's actually a positive thing for the community" Kelly said. "They're increasing the number of contracts they do and bringing more work to the community. We were well aware this could happen."
The department is now taking the necessary steps to move into a Junction Rd. location, site of a former maintenance garage just a few properties down from the Junction Rd. Elementary School. Meanwhile, work continues to secure a permanent home for the department. Kelly met with SNC Lavaline to conduct a performance of evaluation of the departments needs and says after a needs assessment is concluded an efficient design for the department can be made in hopes of establishing a Main St. location near the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre. The goal, he says, is to meet the department's needs while harnessing Springhill's geothermal technology at the same time, providing the best bang for taxpayers' dollars.
"The proposed location is by the arena because they're dumping their waste heat, something we could pick up with our green strategy."
Using geothermal technology to extract heat from the arena's ice surface the community centre utilizes the extracted to heat throughout the building but an excess of heat is piped out of the building, something Kelly wants to use to keep his department's heating costs at a minimum.
"I think the community recognizes the need for us to have a permanent home and council is working diligently to see that things happen."