There were a pair of key topics up for discussion during Monday nights regular city council meeting in Estevan.
Just weeks ago, a request for proposal for the demolition of the 60-year-old Civic Auditorium was released by the city, and saw 11 submissions come their way. Based on a point system with three criteria, the city chose Silverado Demolition with their bid of $143,600. Silverado is the company who recently demolished and took apart the old Mosaic Stadium in Regina.
"They have a lot of expertise and have been doing it for many years," Mayor Roy Ludwig said. "We were pleasantly surprised, we didn't know how high it could go. We had discussions that it could cost double of what we got it for."
Silverado could start taking down the Civic as early as this week according to Ludwig, with the hope to have the old building and the hole remaining filled by the end of May.
Certain components from the ice plant will be kept, along with the score clock that will make the move over to the Power Dodge Ice Centre. Initially, the city had someone show interest in the boards at the Civic, but after inspecting them it just wasn't worth it.
"We've been going through and taking what we could. There's some doors we salvaged, a lot of what is there is old and need of repair. We've got the corner stone with 1957, which we will be probably putting somewhere in Affinity in a proud place to keep it."
The city also discussed the much talked about leisure centre weight room.
After an unauthorized notice was posted in the leisure centre's weight room regarding its future, an open house was held last week where a number of discussions took place on what the best course of action would be moving forward. The biggest piece of feedback received by the city, was that the users should be involved in any decision to renovate the room. The recommendation is now to create a user group with the users to work with management to create a proposal for council to discuss.
"If the user group doesn't work, because you never know how that process will work out, we will try an application based system," explained City Manager, Jeff Ward.
The user group is expected to consist of 4-6 users who will ultimately be a large part of what decisions are made in regards to the weight rooms future. Available in the City of Estevan's budget is $100,000 for upgrades to the weight room. City council will make the final decision.
"I was happy we had the meeting, we got good input and now we're looking forward to getting together with the user group and moving forward on how we can use the weight room," Ludwig concluded.
Also passed during council on Monday night was the naming of Brown Road and the City of Estevan's Cannabis Zoning Bylaw.