Old hospital demolition announced

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A very happy High Prairie town council is still taking a cautious approach to information in a letter stating the old High Prairie Regional Health Complex will be demolished this year.

“To me, it’s information but it holds the government accountable,” said Mayor Brian Panasiuk at council’s June 8 meeting.

Peace River MLA Dan Williams wrote council May 29 outlining the government’s plan. He wrote the government is actively engaged in carrying out proper due diligence and planning relating to safety of the community and contractors that will complete the work.

Although not mentioned in Williams’ letter, asbestos in the older portion of the complex is the high priority.

“Infrastructure procured a hazardous material consultant to compete the required onsite sampling and identification,” wrote Williams.

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