Vermilion town council carried a motion to accept the option to purchase four lots near the junction of Highways 16 and 41 for a new RCMP Detachment.
The $1,100,000 sale of Plan 142 3597, Block 3, Lots 2,3,8,and 9 is at full asking price of $380,000 per acre. Both the town and the federal government have signed the agreement, but it will require a 90-day due diligence period before being finalized.
“It is moving in a positive direction and we are very excited,” said CAO, George Rogers.
Councillor Robert Pulyk said the decision was carried on from previous council and has been six years in the making.
Councillor Greg Barr, CAO George Rogers, and Economic Development Officer Mary Lee Prior have been attending meetings with K-Division in Edmonton as well as hosting RCMP inspectors and civilian staff in Vermilion.
Rogers said there are a few factors leading to the requirement for a new RCMP facility in Vermilion.
“The current one is very crowded,” said Rogers.
“Members of the Vermilion RCMP serve the municipality, the county, and offer highway patrol out of the same office. In addition, the cells don’t meet today’s standards anymore.
“Cells are now designed more accident or injury proof to avoid self-harm of those apprehended. They also need a larger site that will allow them to have a compound for vehicle seizures, etc.
After reviewing of all available sites proposed, RCMP K-Division selected this location because it was the most ideal.
Their requirements for the new build included a two and a half to four acre land space with proximity to a main road. A corner lot allowing room for two access roads was preferred.
The town is expecting approximately a two year period before completion, allowing one year for design, and an additional year for construction.
“If all goes well we are hoping to see something on the ground in 2022,” said Rogers.